The Braves will almost certainly be in the market for upgrades around the diamond this offseason, with a Josh Donaldson reunion also a possibility. In addition to a potential vacancy at third base, Atlanta has a host of options to fill their outfield alongside Ronald Acuña, Jr. The most intriguing among those, assuming he is actually on the market, is Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, who is rumored to be available due to his expected salary for the 2020 season.
The Braves could benefit greatly from adding Betts to an already potent lineup, and MLB.com writer Mike Petriello ranks Atlanta second among potential suitors for the star right fielder. With a deep farm system, needs in the outfield, and a manageable payroll situation, the Braves certainly make sense and would likely be a desirable location for Betts should he be traded.
It remains to be seen how the Braves will approach the offseason, and whether Betts will indeed be available, but Atlanta appears well-equipped to add the young star if his availability is genuine. Rumors like this one are likely to persist throughout the offseason, but players of Betts’ caliber are rarely available, so anything connecting the Braves to his services is notable.
The Braves are well-stocked in their farm system, and appear to have yet another breakout star on the way in outfielder Trey Harris. The 23-year-old has impressed scouts throughout his time in the Arizona Fall League and could be knocking on the door for a major league promotion in 2021.
Two departed arms who once appeared destined for productive careers in Atlanta, Luiz Gohara and Wes Parsons now will be forced to find their way in different organizations. Neither player had a good showing in 2019, with Gohara never throwing a single inning for the Braves.
Another trade target for teams hunting in the outfield market, Starling Marte could be a major addition to any club given his talent and team control.
The Dodgers were already scary, and now they are mad after being eliminated in the NLDS. Adding Lindor to that roster would make them an even greater threat to the rest of the National League.
The Yankees are in the market for a new pitching coach after dismissing Larry Rothschild.