In 2018 the Braves burst on to the scene and won the National League East while surprising everyone in the baseball world. Coming in to the offseason the Braves had questions like any other team. Questions like would they get a top of the line starter, improve the bullpen, or even get a power bat?
They began the offseason with a bang when they signed former AL MVP Josh Donaldson to a 1 year, 23 million dollar contract coming off an injury and they also brought back fan favorite Brian McCann, while also re-signing RF Nick Markakis. The Braves have yet to address improving the bullpen and starting rotation but they can always improve from within as they do have depth in the farm system.There have been rumors that they would be willing to sign closer Craig Kimbrel if the price is right but so far that price has been too high.
Most of the other teams in the division have improved though like the Mets who have added Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, and Wilson Ramos.
The Nationals who had a disappointing year last year added Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez, Matt Adams, Yan Gomes, Kurt Suzuki, Trevor Rosenthal and they are still hoping to re-sign Bryce Harper.
The Phillies added Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchenn and traded for J.T. Realmuto. They have alson been linked to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Craig Kimbrel and will likely sign one of them.
Obviously there are a lot of free agents who still remain to get signed and the Braves could sign someone to stay on top of the NL East, but as things stand right now I would caution Braves fans not to have high expectations and to look at things more realistically. I think the Braves will take a step back but they will still contend for the wildcard. The Braves have a good team and they will have a good record but I just think with every team in the division improving I just don’t see them winning the East again. Sure they will compete and make it a race until the end but I think the best the Braves can do is win one of the wildcard spots. Last Year The Braves were an extraordinary 40-19 against the NL East last year but I think that number will even out based on all the offseason moves that have been made.
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Tushar Patel @TusharPatel87