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The Braves Need to Steal This Free Agent Away From the Mets

Larry Rupp
The Atlanta Braves need to steal this free agent away from the New York Mets.
The Atlanta Braves need to steal this free agent away from the New York Mets. / AP Photos/David Goldman

The Atlanta Braves have had the upper hand over the New York Mets for years now. Sweeping them this past September to secure a fifth straight divisional title was simply the cherry on top after years of superiority.

The Braves could give themselves an even greater edge in the NL East by stealing this free agent away from the Mets.

Atlanta Braves Free Agency

New York has a number of players hitting the open market, but none are more notable than starting pitcher Jacob deGrom. Atlanta should do everything possible to convince the two-time Cy Young winner that Truist Park is the place to be. A move like that would truly devastate Mets fans for years.

There's no way to understate how dominant deGrom has been in his career. The 34-year-old has maintained a career 2.52 ERA, which is 55% better than average after adjusting for league and park. He's also become even more dominant as his career has progressed, as his strikeout rate has risen steadily over the past half-decade.

As a north Florida kid, deGrom has expressed a desire to play closer to home in the past. Signing with Atlanta would not only accomplish that goal, but it would also provide deGrom with an opportunity to win a World Series for the first time in his career. That has to be at least a bit intriguing for the ace.

Yes, deGrom would be a luxury addition to a Braves rotation that already features Max Fried, Spencer Strider, Kyle Wright and Charlie Morton. However, poaching him from the Mets would leave them with almost zero depth behind Max Scherzer. New York's road to a division title would be much harder.

For now, Atlanta has the third-best odds to win the World Series (+800) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds. New York is fifth at +1000, but losing deGrom to the Braves would likely change both odds considerably.

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