There is still baseball left to be played, and hopefully, the 2021 season will end with the Braves holding up the Commissioner’s Trophy. But with a few days off between the NLDS and NLCS, I thought now would be as good of a time as ever to take a look at a list of the Braves impending free agents, and whether or not the club will be keen on bringing them back this Winter.
Not much I have to say about this that I haven’t already. The Braves have to do everything in their power to retain Freeman
Smyly was one of the Braves free-agent signings last offseason, as they inked him to a one-year, $11 million deal. If we are being honest, things haven’t quite turned out like Alex Anthopoulos or Smyly would have hoped in Atlanta. I doubt the two sides come to an agreement this offseason.
Soler completely turned around his season — and career, for that matter — since being acquired by the Braves at the trade deadline. I have to imagine there is mutual interest in him returning, but the Braves won’t be able to re-sign all of the outfielders on this list. Soler’s may be a defensive liability, but he could be the perfect fit for the DH role if it does indeed come to the National League.
Like Soler, Rosario has been on fire since joining the Braves. But unlike Soler, he has a much more consistent track record of offensive success. That might make him more attractive to the Braves in free agency.
Joc Pederson (Mutual Option)
Pederson has a mutual option for 2022 worth $10 million. I don’t imagine he’ll get much more than that in free agency, and it seems like he’s a great fit in the clubhouse, so it might be mutually beneficial for both sides to accept the option.
Vogt’s out for the season. He may be kept around as organization depth, but the Braves can do better behind Travis d’Arnaud.
Adrianza provided some value in the outfield when the Braves desperately needed it. He could be kept around as organizational depth.
Thanks for reading about the Braves impending free agents. If you liked this article, check out more from Chase, like his recent dive into the successful NLDS performances from Brian Snitker and Will Smith.