As the MLB offseason begins to hit it’s stride, the Atlanta Braves are among the many teams with both needs and wants to build up their team for next season. They have plenty of targets, but some are a lot more reasonable than others. Lets dig into who they might go after.
Shohei Ohtani- Everybody wants Ohtani right now and the Braves could very well have enough money to get him. They have not, however, been mentioned in any talk as to where Ohtani might go, and he would take up the Braves entire free agent budget.
Josh Donaldson- This could make sense seeing as how Braves new GM Alex Anthopolous was the same Blue Jays GM who swung a deal for him the first time he was traded. Plus Donaldson has been mentioned as a guy who might be traded and he plays third base, a place of weakness for the Braves. It’s still outlandish for the rebuilding Braves to trade what would have to be a big package of prospects for a 31 year-old third baseman.
Jake Arrieta- With the offense making strides and the addition of Ronald Acuña to the big league club, the Braves could be one ace starter away from contention. But Arrieta is probably more inclined to take a huge contract with an immediate contender
Wade Davis- He’s an elite player with a relatively affordable price tag, but would the Braves be willing to fork out money for a player who doesn’t contribute a lot on a daily basis? Free agent closers are generally reserved for contenders looking to add that final piece, but he would certainly sure up the bullpen
Yu Darvish- Darvish would definitely sure up the Braves rotation and could potentially sign for a shorter deal than Arrieta. It makes sense for the Braves to go after him if they think they have the rest of the pieces in place. But that’s a big if, and Darvish’s willingness to come to Atlanta for the money they could offer could hinder this possibility.
Todd Frazier- Frazier just finished his short stint with the Yankees and still has elite third baseman potential. While he would fit the Braves needs well, he seems a little more unlikely than the Braves landing Moustakas which bumps him to the reaches section
Alex Cobb- Cobb came back from a long injury to turn in a solid 2017 campaign. He’d be a cheaper option than Darvish or Arrieta, and still would address the Braves biggest need.
Mike Moustakas- The Braves have been linked to Moose a few times so far this offseason and he seems like a good fit for a team that needs a regular third baseman and some power in the lineup. The only downside would be that a long contract would block powerful prospect Austin Riley from having a spot to come up to within the next couple season
Tony Watson- The Braves need bullpen help, and Watson could give them Wade Davis quality innings without costing Wade Davis money. He’d be a good fit for Atlanta, who just traded Jim Johnson away and had trouble closing out games last year
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Addison Reed- Reed would be a weaker version of Watson, but he’s had a good track record and could be a small addition that turns out to be a huge game changer down the stretch of the season
Tyler Chatwood- Chatwood has put together good stretches in his career and could come to prove that he can be a top-notch starter if taken out of Colorado
Tommy Hunter- Hunter has really advanced in quality since moving to the bullpen. He could be a huge contributor if the Braves feel they are only some bullpen help away from contending
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