We are officially eight days away from Opening Day, and there are still some question marks on the Braves roster. With Major League Baseball announcing the roster expansion to 28 for the first month of the season, there are no major cuts that the Braves will have to make. However, there will be some competition when it comes to spots in the starting rotation and the bullpen.
Three starting pitchers are already set in stone in Max Fried, Charlie Morton, and Ian Anderson. The biggest question is who takes the two remaining spots? Kyle Wright? Huascar Ynoa? Tucker Davidson? Kyle Muller? Last week, Brian Snitker told reporters that Kyle Wright and Huascar Ynoa were the two top candidates to take over the last rotation spots.
Up next are the bullpen questions. Luke Jackson, Kenley Jansen, Tyler Matzek, Collin McHugh, AJ Minter, and Will Smith are locked in. Who’s next? Dylan Lee, Sean Newcomb, Tyler Thornburg, and Darren O’Day will find themselves competing for a spot in the ‘pen.
Next, the position players are essentially set:
C - Travis d’Arnaud
1B - Matt Olson
2B - Ozzie Albies
3B - Austin Riley
SS - Dansby Swanson
LF - Marcell Ozuna
CF - Adam Duvall
RF - Eddie Rosario
DH - Alex Dickerson
Lastly, the bench remains, with likely candidates being Manny Pina, Orlando Arcia, Brock Holt, and Guillermo Heredia.
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