With a glaring hole remaining in the middle of their lineup, the Braves will need to pay handsomely if they hope to secure the services of one of the top free agents, including Marcell Ozuna. Atlanta has over $120 million already committed to payroll in 2021, so adding another significant contract will push them near $150 million. Will the front office commit that type of money to payroll despite all the financial fallout of the abbreviated 2020 season? It’s tough to say, but Atlanta will need to address its need for a power bat in some way regardless of the payroll situation.
Kris breaks down the payroll situation for Atlanta after their signings of Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly.
One other factor in the Braves payroll will be their decisions at the non-tender deadline on Wednesday. Who will they tender?
Who has the greatest season in Braves history?
Are the huge offensive seasons from Ozuna and Freeman repeatable?
Jose Ureña will take his limited talents elsewhere in 2021.
Mark Feinsand answers fan mail about the offseason.