Atlanta Braves - what will they do?

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    Atlanta Braves - what will they do?

    The Atlanta Braves have a ton of money coming off the books this year, some of the best young players in the game, and a farm system that is ranked #1 or #2 depending on what rankings you look at. They also have a brand new stadium that is a gold mine.

    They are also coming off a season of making the playoffs after being predicted to finish 3/4th in the NL East.


    My questions are these -

    Will Liberty Media allow Alex Anthopoulos spend the money needed to be a SERIOUS factor this coming year?

    Who will they look to sign?

    Who will they look to trade?

    Is anyone untouchable?

    Does Liberty Media want to win?

    They have under $60 million committed for next year. They have been under the MLB average payroll since 2011, and I would say since Liberty Media has owned them more often than not.

    MLB average looks to be around $145 million next year.
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    I believe AA has said payroll will increase next year.

    I wonder if they will be interested in Harper. They definitely need another good bat in the lineup.

    They have a solid rotation and a ton of young arms. No clue what moves they will make there. Should be an exciting off season though.

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    Is anyone untouchable?

    I doubt Acuna Jr., Freema , or Albies will be moved.

    Id say they are at least 3 untouchable players.

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    I'd like to see the Braves get a home run hitter (but where to play him without a trade?), a shut-down closer, a full-time catcher and a veteran starting pitcher (3-4 starter). I think Dansby Swanson is showing improvement at SS but I'm not completely sold on him yet. Folty should be a strong contender for the Cy Young next year.

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    Bullpen. They have to pay for bullpen help. They are solid enough on the starting pitching - though you have to hope someone develops into a true ace in the mold of a Kershaw. But their relief pitching remains a disaster. Just too many disasters once they go the pen. I don’t know who they need to get but they have got to bolster that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    I'd like to see the Braves get a home run hitter (but where to play him without a trade?), a shut-down closer, a full-time catcher and a veteran starting pitcher (3-4 starter). I think Dansby Swanson is showing improvement at SS but I'm not completely sold on him yet. Folty should be a strong contender for the Cy Young next year.
    Markakis is a free agent so unless they re-sign him they could add a power hitter im his spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonFire View Post
    Bullpen. They have to pay for bullpen help. They are solid enough on the starting pitching - though you have to hope someone develops into a true ace in the mold of a Kershaw. But their relief pitching remains a disaster. Just too many disasters once they go the pen. I don’t know who they need to get but they have got to bolster that.
    Agree. Excited about seeing more young arms next year. Touki is going to be very good imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfback20 View Post
    I believe AA has said payroll will increase next year.

    I wonder if they will be interested in Harper. They definitely need another good bat in the lineup.

    They have a solid rotation and a ton of young arms. No clue what moves they will make there. Should be an exciting off season though.

    I don’t know if I want them interested in Harper or not. It’s going to be a lot of money for a looong time.

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    I can't say for certain how I feel about Harper. Last year was one of his worst. He still had a career high in RBI, walked an astounding 130 times, and hit 34 HRs. He has yo-yo'd between good years and bad in the last four years. He hit .330 in 2015 (career best), then dropped to .243 (career worst), then back up to .319, then back down to .249. Those 2015 & 2017 seasons make him worth the money. 2016 and 2018 has a much more, shall I say, Upton feeling to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonFire View Post
    I can't say for certain how I feel about Harper. Last year was one of his worst. He still had a career high in RBI, walked an astounding 130 times, and hit 34 HRs. He has yo-yo'd between good years and bad in the last four years. He hit .330 in 2015 (career best), then dropped to .243 (career worst), then back up to .319, then back down to .249. Those 2015 & 2017 seasons make him worth the money. 2016 and 2018 has a much more, shall I say, Upton feeling to it.
    BJ or Justin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfback20 View Post
    BJ or Justin?
    BJ. Justin was a trade wasn’t he? I thought he came over when they sent Prado to the Diamondbacks. To me the BJ Upton signing was one of the worst things to happen to the Braves in the last 15 years. They so seldom open up the pocketbook and they did on that one. I don’t think they’ve had a more collosal bust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonFire View Post
    BJ. Justin was a trade wasn’t he? I thought he came over when they sent Prado to the Diamondbacks. To me the BJ Upton signing was one of the worst things to happen to the Braves in the last 15 years. They so seldom open up the pocketbook and they did on that one. I don’t think they’ve had a more collosal bust.
    Nick Esasky is on line 1 to refute that. And aren't they still paying Bruce Sutter? I think they still owe him around $11 million.

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    The Uptons and Uggla were terrible contracts.....

    Yes, still paying Sutter I believe

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