The Braves have been aggressive in their pursuit of rotation depth this offseason, but they won’t have to look very far for their latest addition, as Mike Soroka is expected to make his spring debut on Tuesday. The right-hander ruptured his Achilles last season, but is already back on the mound and would obviously be a huge addition to the rotation whenever he is stretched out and deemed ready for a regular workload. With myriad options in reserve, the Braves are well-equipped for survival without Soroka, at least temporarily, but having him take the ball every fifth day would be an excellent development for Atlanta.
The Braves were shut out by the Red Sox on Monday, but the real story was Ian Anderson allowing three homers. Chalk it up to late-spring disinterest, at least until it becomes a regular season issue.
As noted above, the Braves will give Soroka the ball on Tuesday, hoping that the right-hander can throw “an inning or two.”
A couple very viable options here, with one standing out to our staff.
The number of candidates for this spot is encouraging, especially considering how bad the rotation was last year during the regular season.
With improved depth, do the Braves really need any of their starters to provide 200 innings this season?
If 10 years, $325 million isn’t enough, then it’s entirely possible the Mets traded for a rental in Francisco Lindor. If not, they are still paying very handsomely to keep their prize acquisition in town.
Slotting the Braves fifth on this list s defensible, though I think it’s certainly possible they outperform at least one or two more teams.