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The Braves Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Phillies

Larry Rupp
The Atlanta Braves should steal outfielder Andrew McCutchen away from the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Atlanta Braves should steal outfielder Andrew McCutchen away from the Philadelphia Phillies. / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves are coming off of a storybook season in which they captured their first World Series title since 1995. Any hopes the team has on going back-to-back could be determined by the free agent signings made over the next few weeks. Atlanta has a few clear roster needs to address.

One of those spots would be in the outfield. Star player Ronald Acuna Jr. will return from his knee injury at some point this season, but the Braves feature little depth at the position in the meantime. That is why they should steal Andrew McCutchen away from the divisional rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Braves Free Agency

The only healthy outfielders with MLB experience on the Braves roster right now are Adam Duvall, Christian Pache and Guillermo Heredia. While top prospect Drew Waters is expected to be in the running for a starting spot, it may take a while for the 23-year-old to get up to speed in pro ball.

McCutchen proved he still has what it takes to play everyday by slashing .222/.334/.444 in 2021 with 78 runs scored, 27 home runs and 80 RBI. He also drew 81 walks and played in 144 games for the first time since 2018. Adding a veteran to the roster will go a long way in helping a young roster develop.

At this point of his career, McCutchen is likely looking to join a contending team and may be open to taking on a platoon/bench role. The 34-year-old is still reliable from a defensive standpoint and would be a great late inning pinch-hitter. Offering him a two-year deal here seems like a win for both sides.

For now, the Braves have odds set at +1400 to take home another Commissioner's Trophy, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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