The Atlanta Braves silent off-season has continued despite the fact there are plenty of upgrades on the free agent market. At the very least the Braves should explore adding one or more improvements to a weak bench unit.
To say the Atlanta Braves off-season has been unpopular may be an understatement. With division rivals improving their roster the Braves have done little in comparison. They did add a former MVP at third base but haven’t upgraded their pitching or bench.
After spending a year telling their fans this would be the off-season they had money to spend it has failed to live up to expectations. Though jumping to the extreme of saying the Braves are no longer a contender would be an overstatement.
Two things can be true, the Braves can be improving their team while having a disappointing off-season at the same time. In seasons past this off-season would be considered a success.
It is the Braves who have set themselves up for failure by talking about how much they had to spend this off-season. When you heighten expectations and fail to come close to meeting them, fans will be disappointed.
However, the Braves still have plenty of opportunities to improve the roster. Fixing the bench adding a veteran outfielder is the best and cheapest option. Though adding a top outfielder or pitcher seems like the better option.
For a young team with plenty of talent, there seems to be a surprising amount of negativity among the fanbase. While this is understandable the Braves are a good team fully capable of winning a championship this season.
Behind a stacked lineup and a young rotation, the Braves have plenty of potential. Winning the division may not be as easy as it was last season, but the Braves have the talent to repeat and are getting ready to do just that.