Alex Anthopoulos stirred the Braves’ fan base this past weekend at Chop Fest when he said the team had additional leeway to add to its roster despite a payroll that is approaching $150 million for Opening Day. However, should fans really expect a big move before Opening Day? That was a subject that Mark Bowman tackled in his weekly inbox feature for MLB.com on Friday.
The Braves may certainly have the latitude to make a big move and there will be no shortage of rumors given the availability of Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado, it would be surprising to see a big move at this juncture. Atlanta will likely enter the regular season evaluating its options at third base with Johan Camargo and Austin Riley. The team also has concerns over its starting rotation where there will a competition for the fifth starter spot in spring training. If the Braves have needs then they will likely be addressed in season which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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Our Roundtable series continued on Friday with our thoughts on what the Braves’ outfield situation will look like on Opening Day.
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The Mets and free-agent first baseman Matt Adams have an agreement on a minor-league deal that includes an invite to Major League Spring Training.
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