The Braves 2022 campaign featured a number of memorable moments, including a fifth straight NL East division title, but it ultimately ended in humiliating fashion. Atlanta played their worst baseball when it mattered most, resulting in an early exit via the Phillies in the NLDS. It should leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, but there’s too much to like about this group moving forward to sulk about it for too long. There’s a lot of work to be done this offseason, and it begins with the Braves own free agents.
Braves 2023 Free Agents
Obviously, the elephant in the room is Dansby Swanson. The Braves have made it clear they want him back, and Swanson seems to have interest in returning, but if he’s looking for the most money, he might not find that in Atlanta.
Kenley Jansen is another key piece set to test the waters of unrestricted free agency. He had some low moments this season, but for the most part, he was one of the better closers in baseball and ended the year on a high note. The Braves have also expressed interest in him returning, but with Raisel Iglesias in the fold, closer isn’t as much of a pressing need.
Adam Duvall and Luke Jackson are two of the Braves most underrated free agents, and I would love to have them back. They both finished the year on the IL, and it was evident in the postseason how much they were missed. Some of bringing them back will be determined on how they recover from their respective injuries, but they could be candidates to receive one-year, prove-it deals as they come off major injuries.
Jesse Chavez is another veteran bullpen arm I would love to have back. He’s been a miracle worker when playing for the Braves, but he could choose to retire after this season. Robbie Grossman did some good for the Braves after he was acquired at the trade deadline, but I imagine Anthopoulos will be looking to upgrade the outfield. Adrianza is unlikely to be retained unless he signs a minor-league pact.