Lets get this out of the way...this offseason is going to be particularly weird. With the financial hit that organizations took with the loss of fan revenue due to the pandemic combined with the uncertainty over if/when fans will be going to games NEXT year, how clubs choose to spend this offseason is very much an open question.
Case in point...our fearless leader Kris Willis did a mailbag post just yesterday where the speculation regarding the Braves offseason moves came hard and fast, in particular about the fate of Marcell Ozuna. We already know that there is interest from the Braves in bringing Ozuna back, but we don’t know what the team’s budgetary situation is going to be...I know, I know this is a meme, but this is a bit different than the usual Liberty Media spending stuff...and there is also the pesky matter of this team needing at least one starting pitcher and to extend Freddie Freeman.
There are a lot of things to speculate about including what the catching situation will look like, how many young arms the Braves actually have confidence in, what the bench is going to look like, which bullpen arms are coming back, and if the Braves are going to upgrade any positions that we aren’t expecting. In short, this is going to be a weird offseason....but it should be fun.
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We won’t dwell here too long except to say that our yearly series of player reviews is up and running where we talk about all of the players that were in the Braves’ organization in one form or another during the season. Tommy Milone gets the nod in this installment and, well, the results weren’t pretty.
Remember all of those long, grindy at-bats that the Dodgers took against the Braves in the NLCS? Yeah, the Rays are getting to deal with that now. LA gave Charlie Morton fits and Walker Buehler was excellent over six innings in Game Three as the Dodgers won handily.
One positive story from Game Three for the Rays was the play of Randy Arozarena. Arozarena has been absolutely amazing for the Rays during their playoff run and last night, despite the fact that they lost, he still grabbed some headlines as his late inning homer was his eighth of this postseason which tied the all-time record and gave him 52 total bases which is now the all-time mark. He also passed some guy named Derek Jeter for the most hits by a rookie in a single postseason.