The Braves reportedly made a strong offer for Aaron Nola in the range of $27 million per year over 6 years. If true, this would give some hint as to the amount of financial flexibility that they have this offseason. Even with the signing of Reynaldo Lopez, the Braves should still have most of what they had budgeted to spend, especially since Lopez is only owed $4 million this year. If the reporting on their offer to Nola is accurate, and other analyses of the Braves’ payroll situation are largely accurate, the Braves should have at least $20 million left in available payroll for this season. If they wanted to backload a deal a little bit, they could quite reasonably sign just about any free agent starting pitcher (excluding Ohtani). It will be interesting to see if they make a run at any of the remaining options, such as Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
The Braves reportedly made a very competitive offer for Aaron Nola before the pitcher opted to stay in Philly.
Stephen took a look at one of the Braves’ biggest innings eaters in 2023: Michael Tonkin.
Matt took a look at one of the 2023 draft picks’ season in Kevin Kilpatrick.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto is reportedly likely to meet with finalists to sign him after the Winter Meetings before signing with whichever team he chooses.