Braves Chat, 2022-23
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Anthony Franco
11:58
Hey everyone, hope you're doing well!
11:59
There are a ton of questions in here. Braves fans show up, noted
Let's get rolling
Guest
11:59
Are the Braves looking into options like Correa and turner or are they gonna either have Swanson or grissom at short?
AA Time
11:59
Do you see the Braves signing a big SS if Dansby leaves?
Anthony Franco
11:59
Have to start with two of the million questions about shortstop, since that's the big thing hanging over the offseason
12:00
I buy the idea that it's pretty much Dansby or bust as far as a big swing at a FA shortstop. Rosenthal has suggested as much and it makes general sense
12:01
They love Dansby. He'll be the cheapest of the four, the most motivated of that group to play there probably. If they're not signing him, it feels like it's because they're wary of a huge commitment at the position
KC42
12:01
Resign Dansby, sign/trade for an OF, add some bullpen pieces, call it an offseason. rotation gets a jolt with Soroka coming back, no need to go after Degrom or Verlander correct?
Anthony Franco
12:02
Yeah if this happens, I think it'd be a great winter
12:03
The rotation is already fantastic. Would deGrom or JV make it better? Of course, but I doubt that's in the cards from a payroll perspective and if you "only" go into the year with a rotation of Fried, Strider, Wright, Morton, Soroka/Elder, etc., you're better off than almost every team in the league
Mark C
12:03
I have a feeling most questions will be about shortstop, but what do you think the Braves will do in order to get more production from LF and DH in 2023? No one wants to see Ozuna back out there.
Logan
12:03
Vaughn Grissom will be out starting SS next year. Need to prioritize a LF. That was the Braves worst position all year in 2022. Change my mind.
Anthony Franco
12:04
A bunch of questions on left field, as well, which makes sense. Feels likelier to me that they'd be able to upgrade out there if they let Dansby walk and either turn to the trade market or, as Logan suggests, let Grissom get a real crack at shortstop
12:05
There's a lot of ways they can go, and I agree they're not going to roll into the season relying on Rosario/Ozuna again
12:06
They fit on Haniger, Profar, Benintendi, Brantley -- any of the solid free agent corner outfielders available below Judge, basically. Could trade for Max Kepler, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Anthony Santander, Ramón Laureano or Jake McCarthy
There's a strong supply of FA/trade possibilities who could step into left, and the Braves should get one of those guys
Brandon
12:06
Most have mixed feelings (at best) about the Morton deal, but given the prospect of losing Freddie and Dansby (and even someone like Joc) in back-to-back offseason made his leadership and presence all the more important (especially on the rotation side) in my opinion. Aside from Fried, no one else has more than one successful MLB season.
Anthony Franco
12:07
Yeah I liked the Morton deal well enough. I know the bookends of the season were pretty rough but he basically looked like peak Morton from mid-May through August
12:08
If he'd lost some velocity or looked like he was showing ill effects of age, I'd be more wary. But the stuff was pretty much the same. He had some weird control issues early and then got hit around by some pretty good lineups at the end of the year
12:09
I'd prefer Morton at $20MM than a lot of the mid-tier starters (Walker, Thor, Heaney) that we threw longer commitments on -- to say nothing of the veteran experience angle Brandon's referencing
Ozuna
12:10
Braves just run it back with Ozuna right? I mean what is the point of unloading prospects to get the dead money off. Only comparable player is MadBum that they could do dead money swap for.
Anthony Franco
12:11
I'd be really surprised if they can find a trade taker for Ozuna. Even the MadBum contract swap proposal isn't doing it; Arizona has no reason to want Ozuna on their roster, and that's true of every other team essentially
Guessing they'll run it back, see if he's hitting early and if he gets off to a poor start, have to consider just cutting him
Scott
12:11
Morton, Fried, Wright, & Strider seem to be rotation locks. Who claims the fifth spot? If Anderson or Soroka re-emerge, could the other be moved?
Anthony Franco
12:12
Yeah I could see that. If Soroka and Elder both take steps forward but Anderson's struggling again, does he become expendable at the deadline the way Bryse Wilson did a few years ago? Probably
12:13
Feels like the Soroka's the most talented of the group but he's such a Wild Card right now. Think I'd lean Elder for the #5 job at the moment, although I buy that their performance in Spring Training really determines it ultimately
BravesFan88
12:14
Two prominent names that the Braves have been tied to in the past are hitting free agency in Trey Mancini and Mitch Haniger. As currently constructed, do you see the Braves going after either of them?  Then, what about if they're able to unload a portion of Ozuna's money off their books...? Does that make a big difference, no change really, or what are your thoughts?
Anthony Franco
12:14
Mentioned Haniger earlier but I can see Mancini as well, yeah
Guest
12:14
What would a contract look for someone like Segura if Dansby doesn’t return?
Anthony Franco
12:15
We've got Segura at 2/18 but I don't really see the fit in ATL. He'll be 33 and hasn't played shortstop in four years, don't think that's happening
Ben D
12:16
Any news on Soroka and how he’s feeling? Kids gotta be getting frustrated with his health, hoping it motivates him to work even harder to get back this spring!!
Anthony Franco
12:16
David O'Brien did a good piece on Soroka's recovery work at the Athletic a couple weeks ago
12:18
Seems like Soroka still views it as a day-by-day thing (understandably given how many setbacks he's had to battle) but there's general optimism he'll be good to go out of the gate
AD28
12:18
Did you like the Odorizzi trade? $2M in savings seemed like a small reward for losing an innings eating arm. Is Allard going to make the team?
Anthony Franco
12:19
Yeah that was a little bit of a weird one. Odorizzi's just not very good though and it seemed like a vote of confidence in the younger guys to outperform him anyways
12:20
The first Odorizzi trade was more of a miss, in retrospect. The Will Smith buyout was only $1MM and they ended up having to pay Odo $10M, although they saved some money in the second half of the season
Robyn
12:20
Why would the Braves sign all those  extensions and put themselves in a position where they have no money to spend
Anthony Franco
12:21
Virtually all the players they extended are really good
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