We've got about 10 more days and a month worth of playoff games before the offseason arrives. Still, that shouldn't deter Braves fans from getting excited for what should be an eventful offseason with some big moves on the horizon.
John Hart, John Coppolella and co. figure to have quite a bit of money to spend this winter. In his weekly column, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provided a couple of interesting notes on the rebuilding Bravos. Let's take a look:
People with the Braves love Craig Kimbrel, so a return to Atlanta at some point shouldn't be ruled out. That deal was only done to be rid of Melvin Upton, Jr. (then B.J.). Atlanta's bullpen was one of the worst in the game this year, though it should be boosted by a return to health for Jason Grilli, Chris Withrow and Shae Simmons.
The Padres went all-in when they traded for Kimbrel and Upton. It backfired, and now A.J. Preller might be looking to make drastic changes once again. Who knows what the asking price would be for Kimbrel (and if the Braves are in a position to welcome back a closer earning $10M+ annually.) I'm guessing this won't be the last Kimbrel Reunion thing we see.
It is worth noting that Heyman does not say anything at all is imminent -- purely speculation on his part.
Heyman also notes the Braves like Yoenis Cespedes (who doesn't?) but won't go crazy to sign him. His monstrous second half of 2015 has him lined up for a mega contract.
Finally, don't be surprised if a big-name player gets dealt in the next few months:
The Braves have showed a willingness to trade almost anyone. One guy who isn't going anywhere, sources say, is Freddie Freeman.
I can't see Freeman or Shelby Miller getting moved, but anyone else would be up for grabs. This could include Julio Teheran, Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin, who all had their names mentioned at least once during the July trade deadline.