The Atlanta Braves used a thunderous second-half surge to ultimately catch the New York Mets and capture their fifth straight division title. Unfortunately, they ran into a red-hot Phillies squad that halted the franchise's opportunity at a second straight World Series title.
Atlanta's had an up-and-down offseason thus far, losing Dansby Swanson in free agency but pulling off a successful trade to land one of the best catchers in the game in Sean Murphy. They also traded bullpen arms with the departure of Kenley Jansen and arrival of Joe Jiménez.
The Braves are in a good position for the 2023 season, but a couple of minor roster tweaks could help put this team over the edge. Atlanta currently holds the fifth-best odds (+1000) to win the 2023 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook. Here's how they must approach the rest of the offseason in order to capitalize on those chances.
Braves Offseason Priorities
1. Sign Elvis Andrus as Stopgap at Shortstop
Vaughn Grissom is the shortstop in waiting, but is the franchise ready to ink his hold over the position with such a deeply talented roster around them? Atlanta cannot afford to put all of their chips in this basket, especially considering he's just 22 years old. Adding Elvis Andrus, who finished his 2022 with a reputable 5.1 WAR, is the best option. He's a veteran, he's played in two World Series, and won't shy away from the biggest of stages. This deal makes too much sense not to happen.
2. Bring in Outfield Depth Via Jurickson Profar Deal
Adding more outfield depth is another top priority in Atlanta. The Braves have no idea what sort of production they'll get from the combination of Eddie Rosario and Marcell Ozuna. Atlanta made a move to acquire Jordan Luplow, but adding another veteran piece is a smart insurance policy. Profar touts a solid .708 career OPS marks and has the ability to play the middle infield as well as left field. His versatility is the biggest selling point, especially with Atlanta's need for depth up the middle.
3. Explore the Possibility of a Bryan Reynolds Trade
The big free agents are all off the board, but that won't stop teams from exploring trades. Perhaps the best potential trade candidate on the market, Bryan Reynolds', has a murky future in Pittsburgh that holds far more questions than answers. A switch-hitter with a career .281/.361/.481 slash line is something every club will sign up for. The Pirates likely want a king's ransom for his services, but it's worth exploring. Are there top prospects the Braves are willing to depart from for an All-Star and potential MVP talent? It's something that needs to be discussed.
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