Two #Braves FA targets off the table

The two free agents I hoped the Braves would target are no longer options. Martin Prado re-signed with the Marlins and Wilson Ramos tore the ACL in his right knee for a second time, making him a risk not worth taking.

There were pretty much the only free agents options for improving the everyday line-up. Justin Turner would certainly be an improvement over Adonis at third base but he wants to re-sign with the Dodgers and they can afford to keep him.

Matt Wieters’ price tag will probably increase due to Ramos’ injury. He’s unlikely to be worth it. He has a .303 OBP with a .402 slugging percentage this year and will be 31 next May. Brian McCann has similar numbers and is two years older but won’t require the same commitment. They’d provide a minimal upgrade, which is likely all you’re going to get this offseason.

Prado and Ramos would’ve represented a greater potential payoff. Acquiring the likes of Ivan Nova or Luis Valbuena won’t be enough to vault the Braves into contention next year.

 

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One comment

  1. Avoiding 100 losses seemed impossible earlier this year, but they’ve done that and played halfway decent ball in the second half. I would hope next year sees improvement in the young pitching staff to a degree that contention in 2018 would be certain. Dansby’s been solid since coming up, and hopefully Mallex stays healthy and they continue to improve next year as well. I say we just hope for a .500 record next year?

    I think a big part of that though will be determined by who our managers are. If they keep Snitker, I’d be okay with that but might like to see a change from Roger McDowell.

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