Atlanta Braves: The New Year is looking mighty bright!
All of the above players fit into the immediate future and long-term success of the Atlanta Braves.
Trading away any of these pieces right now could hinder the long-term success of the Atlanta Braves. If there is a trade that’s too good to say no too, I fully expect, and hope, Anthopolous will pull the trigger. Now let’s talk about players that may NOT fit into the immediate future or success of the Atlanta Braves.
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1.) Nick Markakis
Markakis is likely to get moved to Left Field when Ronald Acuña gets called up to the major league club. If not that, you could look for Markakis to get traded as the Braves are taking a chance on the recently acquired right handed, power-hitting outfielder Preston Tucker.
The last aging outfielder remaining on the Braves roster is likely to be traded away very soon to help the Braves make one more successful step forward in their rebuild.
If the Braves decide to keep Markakis for the 2018 season, it is not going to be a bad thing. Markakis has played an average of 158 games per season with the Braves, and has averaged 168 hits per season with the Braves.
Markakis is a consistent outfielder not just offensively, but defensively as well. He is nowhere the defensive liability that Matt Kemp was, and is the textbook definition of a ballplayer on both sides of the ball. Keeping someone with his experience on the team will be more of a good thing than a bad thing.