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The Daily Chop: Team options, Brian McCann’s Hall of Fame chances and more

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The Atlanta Braves will face a number of questions this offseason but up first will be decisions on four players with contract options for the 2020 season. Alex Anthopoulos and company will have to decide whether to exercise the options for right-hander Julio Teheran, outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and outfielder Billy Hamilton. Of the group, Hamilton is the only one that is certain to be declined.

The retirement of Brian McCann helps Flowers’ chances for returning next season. He remains an elite pitch framer but is coming off not his strongest season overall. The decision is more complex for both Teheran and Markakis.

Teheran once again outperformed his peripheral numbers but slumped late and was largely an afterthought in the postseason for the second straight season. However, the Braves may ultimately be hard pressed to replace the 170+ innings that Teheran accounted for last season.

Markakis was unable to replicate the career-year numbers he put up in 2018 as his performance slipped in the field and at the plate. He seems best suited as a platoon option against right-handed pitchers but that is a role that has never really been considered for him during his time in Atlanta. Markakis remains a favorite of manager Brian Snitker and his teammates and with Cristian Pache and Drew Waters on the way, the Braves may not want to make a large commitment to another outfielder which again increases Markakis’ chances for returning.

Atlanta isn’t the only team who will be deciding whether or not to exercise players options for next season.’s Anthony Castrovince runs down some of the more intriguing options decisions from around the league.

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