The Atlanta Braves quiet off-season is dragging on much to many Braves fans dismay. After a splashy start, the Braves are waiting out slow trade and free agent markets.
The MLB off-season has been unusually quiet for many teams, and the Atlanta Braves have been one of the quietest teams of all. The Braves announced two early signings and since then haven’t made any moves of significance.
Much to the disappointment of many Braves fans who were hoping for an explosive off-season after a young core overachieved in 2018.
Still, the Braves are taking the right approach so far considering the team has so much flexibility. Taking their time waiting on free agent and trade prices to drop is the right move for a team who isn’t trying to win now.
That isn’t to say they don’t want to compete in the postseason next year, only that they are focusing on building a team to compete long term not going all in for a World Series title this season.
Alex Anthopoulos the Braves General Manager is making the right decision waiting out the market.
The Braves are likely to still add a starter to the rotation and at least one corner outfield. With only two starting outfielders on their roster it isn’t a question of if the Braves will make a move but when?
Patience may not be the popular decision in the off-season but it is the correct one for a team with a talented young core. Adding free agents or trading prospects are decisions that will win or lose postseason games for the Braves next season.
They are weighty moves that the Braves front office must put thought and research into not making moves simply for the off-season splash. Patience isn’t the popular decision but it is the right one for Atlanta.