Kurt Suzuki is now a free agent, and with William Contreras not major league ready, it is time for the Braves to address the catcher position. They extended Tyler Flowers as insurance, but they will still need to find a starter, and if they want to take the next step as a team, they should look to upgrade. Expect the Braves to pursue J.T. Realmuto in a trade, but there are a couple options on the free agency market that could help the Braves. Of course, the team could do worse than to bring back Suzuki as a backup plan. He has stated he would like to return. Let’s take a look at the two guys the Braves could pursue in hopes of upgrading the position:
Grandal has been one of the best sources of power for backstops. This lineup could use more power. While it is kind of suspect that Austin Barnes has gotten some playing time over him in the playoffs, a season can take a toll on a catcher’s body. Grandal would be a fine option for a two or three-year contract but is definitely an overpay candidate. A bidding war with the Dodgers is a recipe for disaster, but Alex Anthopolous has seen what Grandal can do first-hand from his time with their organization and should have a great gauge on his true value.
Ramos has been too much of an injury risk to warrant a long-term contract. However, he is super talented. A two-year contract to Ramos could be a great move for the Braves, especially with a serviceable backup in place in Tyler Flowers. Ramos has a lot of experience in the NL East from his time with the Nationals and Phillies. He was an All-Star in 2018, but if his midseason trade value was any indication, he could be had at the Braves’ preferred price point.
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