The 2021 season has been a rollercoaster year for this Atlanta Braves team no doubt.
Despite all the highs and a tad more lows that have followed the Atlanta Braves this year, they are still just one hot streak away from possibly finding themselves either in first place or on the cusp of it.
That leaves the fanbase up in arms on what to do at the upcoming trade deadline that is on July 30th. Should the Atlanta Braves buy or sell? If early indications lean one way or another, it still seems like the Braves front office wants to buy and go for it. However, I have been vocal that yes we should buy, but with the 2022 season just as much in mind as the conclusion of the current 2021 season.
That brings us to players like Jose Berrios.
The Minnesota Twins are going nowhere this year and very well may be forced to deal off some of their better players and perhaps the best one to be moved could be Berrios.
Berrios is slated to become a free agent after the 2022 season and as of now, the Twins control his rights via arbitration in the 2022 season.
Is a Winter move more likely, perhaps? But maybe a team like the Braves could force their hand by upping the ante just a tad here before the deadline.
As we have seen over the past couple of seasons, the Atlanta Braves love to make 1-year signings. For all intents and purposes, this could be very similar, the only difference being it’s coming via a trade than a signing.
No doubt the biggest needs as of now are still a bat and multiple bullpen pieces, but it is important for the Braves to go ahead and try to get a jump on next season already.
Berrios could easily be the replacement for Charlie Morton as it seems the Braves will let him walk.
Berrios is a high velocity, high strikeout pitcher who would probably post 15+ wins on a good team in the NL with an ERA around 3.00.
The Braves need to add a pitcher over the next couple of months for a myriad of reasons.
- The injuries and unknown surrounding Mike Soroka
- We have seen that no team can have too much quality starting pitching
- To keep pace with the rest of the NL East, another great arm would be extremely beneficial.
A package of something like the following would probably be close to getting a deal done.
If this were to happen, the Atlanta Braves would have a rotation of
Not a bad rotation if you ask me.