According to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Braves are eyeing the market for a new closer. They checked in on Liam Hendriks — but it’s no surprise they didn’t match the White Sox ridiculous offer — and have also done their due diligence on others.
Braves are at least perusing the closer market. They checked in on Hendriks and likely Yates before they signed elsewhere. They do have Smith, Martin, Matzek and Minter but apparently would like to strengthen area. Colome, Rosenthal, Melancon are among closers left.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 22, 2021
With Greene, Melancon, and O’Day all currently free agents, the Braves have some work to do if they want to replicate their bullpen success from last season. Luckily, all three of those guys remain unsigned, but it looks like Anthopoulos may be looking to upgrade and find a true shutdown closer.
Hendriks was the best option, and Yates, who recently signed with the Blue Jays, is another name that could have been used in the ninth inning next season. However, the Braves still have some places to turn. Brad Hand remains available, and if they can’t find an upgrade, they can always bring back Greene and Melancon on short-term deals. With the market for relievers shrinking fast, expect to hear some news on this front sooner rather than later.