The Atlanta Braves lost out on former Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto. Despite missing on a top catcher the Braves made the right decision betting on their players.
The fascination of the off-season saga that was J.T. Realmuto is finally over for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves missed out on the catcher refusing to overpay for one of the better catchers in baseball.
Realmuto is a great catcher, there isn’t any denying that fact. But the Braves choosing to keep their top prospects is completely understandable with a division winning team already in place.
The division isn’t won on paper and while the Mets and Nationals have appeared to have gotten better neither has a track record of consistency.
The Braves made the tough decision to keep their third baseman of the future and all of their top arms. Trading one of their top prospects for Realmuto was on the table but dealing more than one wasn’t an option.
This is understandable for a team who has spent seasons rebuilding to secure a long term future. Trading away top prospects within the division wouldn’t be a wise decision.
Even for a catcher as talented as Realmuto. Instead, the Braves should be focusing their efforts on adding another free agent bat to the middle of their lineup. There are plenty of platoon options and a need for an improved bench.
Spending assets to acquire a long term outfield option or a top of the rotation arm would be a better idea than Realmuto. Still, it is a tough pill to swallow for Braves fans who now must watch Realmuto play within their own division.
If it is any solace the Phillies vastly overpaid for a catcher who has inconsistent road/home splits. While many fans like to focus on the positive side of those splits the best hitters produce regardless of the park.
Missing out of Realmuto is a positive development for the Braves long term plans to be one of the top teams in baseball for years to come.