The GM Meetings wrapped up earlier this week and the Atlanta Braves exited with a bang signing one of the top relievers on the free agent market in Will Smith. Atlanta made a significant financial commitment to Smith signing him to a three-year, $40 million contract. That of course brought up the question as to how Smith’s signing might effect the rest of the offseason for the Braves.
As MLB.com’s Mark Bowman pointed out in his Friday mailbag, it shouldn’t take Atlanta out of the running for Josh Donaldson. If anything, the Smith signing shows that the club is more willing to spend freely this offseason. The Braves still have a hole at third base that could be filled by Donaldson or another free agent like Mike Moustakas. They also need to add a catcher and remain in the market for a starter.
How they fill these holes remains to be seen. Smith’s signing cost Atlanta their second round pick and that may impact their thinking on signing a free agent with draft pick compensation. A trade for a starting pitcher or another big bat in the outfield would also seem like a possibility.
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