3 Moves the Braves Should Make Before the 2021 MLB Season Starts
By Larry Rupp
The Atlanta Braves thrived last season as they won the National League East with a 35-25 record. They took the Los Angeles Dodgers all the way to a Game 7 in the NLCS before being defeated. Atlanta heads into 2021 with high hopes and currently has the fifth-best odds to take home the championship at +1000, according to MLB future odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.
However, they could benefit from making a few more moves to better position themselves before Opening Day comes around. With that in mind, here are three moves the Braves should makes before the 2021 MLB season starts.
1. Bring Back Tyler Flowers
The Braves lack depth when it comes to the catcher position and shouldn't rely on one of their young prospects (Shea Langeliers or William Contreras) to take on the backup role quite yet. Travis d'Arnaud is their everyday starter, but catchers take more off days than any other position. The Braves should bring back Tyler Flowers on a short term deal as he already has chemistry with the Braves rotation. Plus, he has hit 12 home runs and racked up 39 RBI over the last two seasons. That is solid production for a backup catcher and he brings along a sense of normalcy if re-signed.
2. Shore Up the Bullpen
The Braves have made it a priority over the last few seasons to have a balanced and experienced bullpen for late game situations. Yet, they could still improve by adding another reliever to the roster. A few free agent names that stick out here include Brad Peacock and Nate Jones. Peacock has proven that he can both start games if needed or provide multiple-inning relief help, as he has accumulated a 23-13 record over the last three seasons. Jones brings along nine seasons of experience and struck out 23 batters in 18.1 innings pitched last season. Signing one of these players would only strengthen one of the deepest parts of Atlanta's roster.
3. Give Drew Waters a Chance to Make the Roster
The Braves have numerous prospects with the potential to be MLB stars, and that starts with outfielder Drew Waters. As the team's No. 1 prospect, Water should be given a shot in spring training to make the Opening Day roster. The Braves outfield is not very deep and bringing Waters on as the No. 5 option there would be a smart strategy. Waters is just 22 years old, but spent the 2019 season between AA and AAA proven he is developing quickly. He has shown he has speed skills (16 stolen bases in 2019) as well as the ability to score runs (80 runs scored in 2019). The time is now for him to show the Braves organization what he is capable of.
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