We continue to wait for news with the Winter Meetings on the horizon and on Saturday, there was little to think that any sort of deal or transaction was imminent.
However, at the very least we know what is on the table for the Braves this offseason. While neither side seems to be in a hurry nor do they seem worried. one of the Braves top priorities this offseason has been at least getting the framework of a Freddie Freeman extension in place. Given the MVP award he just won and his consistent performance at the plate during his career, the potential HOF track he is now on means that such an extension may not be particularly cheap.
After that, with the Braves already addressing the rotation earlier this offseason, the Braves’ focus other than a Freddie extension seems to be on adding a legit power bat to the middle of their lineup again. After doing so with Josh Donaldson before the 2019 season and then Marcell Ozuna before the 2020 season, the Braves find themselves in need of a power bat again. Mark Bowman recently wrote an article that frames this search with the decisions that were made at the non-tender deadline along with some other useful tidbits.
For those that need a taste before reading, don’t expect a trade for Kris Bryant anytime soon and any decision on Ozuna is going to be predicated on the league’s decision regarding the designated hitter in the National League.
It was a fairly quiet Saturday across the league, although the word currently is that the Mariners and Mitch Haniger avoided arbitration and agreed to a one year deal. Haniger hasn’t played since 2019 when he ruptured a testicle due to an errant foul ball. A few injuries have since cost him playing time, so hopefully he makes it back in 2021 as he is fun to watch when he is right.
Also, Braves/The Battery legend Yasiel Puig has himself a winter league team as he joined Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League. Puig famously joined the Braves outfield only to have the deal fall through because he tested positive for COVID-19 which would have kept him off the field for a good bit.