Atlanta Braves (72-90), 3rd in a NL East
The Braves might have had a fourth true losing season, though they spent 2017 gearing adult for a future. The Braves brought adult some of their highly-touted prospects, namely Ozzie Albies, Johan Camargo, Sean Newcomb and Luiz Gohara, to get them large joining knowledge and learn from veterans such as Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte, Matt Adams, Brandon Phillips and Julio Teheran.
The girl transformation in Atlanta has been partial of a incomparable devise to get a classification behind to being postseason contenders year in and year out. The Braves are still in a routine and there are a few things they have to residence as they strike a offseason.
First, they need to find a approach to get their No. 1 awaiting Ronald Acuna on their register — presumably as shortly as Opening Day subsequent year, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Acuna, a five-tool outfielder who is ranked No. 5 altogether in MLB.com’s Top 100, is entrance off a 2017 deteriorate in that started during SIngle-A Advanced Florida and finished with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he strike 9 home runs and slashed .325/.374/.522 in 54 games. Acuna, who will spin 20 in December, has been compared by many to former Braves good Andrew Jones.
To get Acuna in Atlanta, Bowman says a Braves will have to try to understanding “one of their dilemma outfielders — Matt Kemp or Nick Markakis.” Kemp, who strike 19 homers and had 64 RBI in 115 games, has dual years and $43.5 million left on his agreement and Markakis, who played 160 games and strike .275, is set to make $11 million in 2018. But, a Braves would substantially rather have another group take on one of their contracts so they can start Acuna’s time in a bigs and demeanour for other needs.
One of those needs is a bullpen. Bowman says a Braves trust they need a veterans “who are able of portion as possibly a closer or primary setup man.” After all, their MLB-best plantation complement is installed with destiny starters and many championship-caliber clubs today have a clever bullpen. Bowman mentions gifted arms such as Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Matt Belisle and Addison Reed as probable targets since a Braves “are critical about upgrading a bullpen.”
Another need is a third baseman. They did see a presentation of 23-year-old Johan Camargo this deteriorate and he looks as if he could hoop a prohibited dilemma if need be. But, a Braves could go after probable giveaway agents Mike Moustakas or Todd Frazier — as Bowman suggests — and get not usually an gifted third baseman, though one with power. If they can get possibly actor or another tip third baseman around a trade, they might try to make Camargo into a application actor in sequence to get a many out of him.
If they go after anyone around a trade, a Braves’ biggest chip will be initial baseman Matt Adams. After Freeman went down with a damaged wrist in May, a Braves acquired Adams from a Cardinals and he flourished, attack 19 home runs with 58 RBI while slicing .271/.315/.543 in 100 games. Adams’ resurgence came during a good time for him, as he is authorised for settlement this offseason. But, a Braves might try to understanding him before this routine so they can save income and get a many pieces they can during his stream value.