The Braves enter the offseason with two very unique circumstances at play:
- They are world champions.
- Their franchise cornerstone is a free agent.
Maneuvering around the pressure to prolong the title window while keeping Freddie Freeman in Atlanta is an unenviable task that now faces Alex Anthopoulos. The Braves GM not only must make a potentially franchise-altering decision on Freeman, but must also re-establish the outfield and make necessary additions to the rotation and bullpen. Returning the likes of all four members of the playoff outfield mix seems unlikely, but will the Braves bring back at least two? Duvall feels like the most likely, but any combination of two or three could conceivably return.
Atlanta also has a bevy of interesting rotation options that could be explored in both free agency and on the trade market. The holes that exist on the roster at present could all be fixed rather quickly, but the entire offseason seemingly revolves around the Freeman situation at present. Once that hurdle is cleared, we can truly see the direction that the Braves intend.
Mark Bowman breaks down frequently asked questions regarding the offseason.
The most surprising exclusion for Atlanta was Brian Snitker, who seemed likely to at least be nominated among the top-three for the NL Manager of the Year.
The Braves were absent from these lists, but there are some incredibly talented and deserving players who made the cut.
Verlander reportedly touched 96 in his workout on Monday. He could help Atlanta if healthy, especially on a 1-2 year deal. This could be worth monitoring.
Another candidate to join the Braves, Conforto had horrible batted ball luck in 2021. The fact that this occurred in a contract year is really unfortunate for the outfielder, but he could certainly bounce back with the team that signs him this offseason.