Atlanta Braves: 5 Best Relief Options Left on the Board
The offseason continues to fly by and the Atlanta Braves remain patient in the relief market. But the list of impact relievers is dwindling.
Coming into the offseason the Atlanta Braves wanted to find a catcher to pair with Tyler Flowers, a replacement for Nick Markakis in right field, an established starting pitcher atop the rotation, and an established closer.
So far they have marked one item off their list and the days are flying by in January. We are now just six weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training.
While I certainly am not going to panic and want the Braves to make the right move, some of their best options are disappearing.
That’s certainly the case with relief pitchers as seven solid relievers have been signed this offseason. The only top available relief pitchers left are Craig Kimbrel and Adam Ottavino.
The market for those top relievers has been established with the signings of their counterparts.
Zach Britton has led the way this offseason getting $39 million over three years from the New York Yankees with an AAV of $13 million. Jeurys Familia got $30 million from the New York Mets for three years. Andrew Miller signed a two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals for $25 million. Joe Kelly got three years for the Los Angeles Dodgers for $25 million. The Phillies just signed David Robertson to a two-year deal worth $23 million.
Kelvin Herrera (2/$18) and Joakim Soria (2/$15) have also been snatched up this offseason.
So the Braves know what it will cost if they want to sign a free agent reliever. Here are the best options left.