We’ve heard it from Coppy and his acolytes on Braves Twitter who tell us not to worry about the dearth of bats, they can trade for that from their surplus of pitching.
If you think Tyrell Jenkins or Lucas Sims or Chris Ellis, to name a few, is going to fetch a big bat dream on. The Braves have quantity, but it remains to be seen how much quality they’ve accumulated. And dealing Juley would leave you with a rotation full of question marks.
There will be some affordable bats available on the free agent market — Ian Desmond, Dexter Fowler, Wilson Ramos — but will the Braves spend? I don’t see any other way for them to get the offense they need.
As for the draft, all signs seem to point to the Braves drafting a high school pitcher with the third pick.