The MLB offseason is officially underway, as clubs are eligible to re-sign their in-house free agents before Thursday, when they’ll be able to sign anyone. The Braves have a couple of obvious holes that will need to be filled, but one of those could easily be sorted out with the players currently on the roster. The fifth spot in the rotation is up for grabs, and Atlanta has a slew of arms vying for the chance to join Max Fried, Spencer Strider, Kyle Wright, and Charlie Morton. However, there’s a slight possibility Alex Anthopoulos will sign a frontline starter, and it could be Jacob deGrom.
Andy Martino of SNY reported from the GM meetings in Vegas that he believes the Braves and Rangers are the two teams the Mets are most worried about signing deGrom away from New York, which is just hilarious.
— SNY (@SNYtv) November 8, 2022
The rich get richer. Atlanta doesn’t need deGrom; their staff is already among baseball’s best as it’s currently constructed. However, when you have a chance to bring in a talent like deGrom, you pull the trigger.
The Braves surely won’t be the highest bidder, but it has long been thought that deGrom isn’t interested in following the most money. He’s from the south, and he wants to compete for championships. The Braves will be perennial contenders for the next decade, Atlanta is close to deGrom’s home in Florida, and the club has been adamant about increasing payroll.
To me, if AA were open to this sort of move, he never would’ve given Morton a new contract. Instead, the club could’ve parted ways with the veteran this offseason and saved $20 million to put towards a bid for deGrom. However, AA has long been searching for frontline starting pitching. Maybe this is the time he finally pulls the trigger.