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3 Players the Braves Need to Sign When Free Agency Opens on Thursday

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Atlanta Braves should sign these players when MLB free agency opens on Thursday.
The Atlanta Braves should sign these players when MLB free agency opens on Thursday. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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After stealing away the NL East from the New York Mets with a terrific second half effort, the Atlanta Braves fell to another division rival in the postseason. Atlanta managed to win 101 games but will have to make some important roster decisions this offseason.

Much of those decisions revolve around free agency, where the Braves have roughly $50 million to spend this winter.

Check out three players the Braves need to sign when MLB free agency opens on Thursday.

Atlanta Braves Free Agency

1. Dansby Swanson, SS

This list could start and end with Dansby Swanson. The 7-year veteran and lifelong Brave has been a staple in Atlanta's lineup for nearly a decade. He finally earned a well-deserved All-Star nod in 2022, slashing .277/.329/.447 alongside 25 home runs, 96 RBIs and a Gold Glove. The MLB has four elite shortstops hitting the market and Dansby is one of them. His price tag will be high (projected AAV of $24 million), but he's worth every cent.

2. Trea Turner, SS

The Braves will have a big hole to fill if Swanson opts to sign with a different team. His 96 RBIs rank second on the Braves in 2022, and the 25 home runs ranks third. For a shortstop playing Gold Glove defense. That's not a player to fill with just average talent. Atlanta must consider adding one of the other big-name shortstops if Swanson walks, and Trea Turner is the perfect fit. Turner's skillset relies slightly more on bat-to-ball skills, as evidenced by his career .302 batting averages. He also brings an element of speed and swiped 27 bags (9 more than Dansby's 18).

3. José Abreu, DH

Assuming the Braves are able to spend big on shortstop, they'll have to be wise with their other decisions. Atlanta could opt to add another power bat to help fill a void at DH. Jose Abreu is the perfection option. His age (36) makes him a cheaper candidate, projecting an AAV of $10 million. Abreu is not your typical slugger, either. He's got elite bat-to-ball skills as a career .292 hitter. He had a down year after hitting just 15 home runs, but the nine-year veteran hit at least 20 or more in every other one.

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