Atlanta Braves Three Up: Craig Kimbrel
Craig Kimbrel is in the midst of one of his greatest seasons.
That’s a tall order considering he had a four-year stretch with the Braves in which he posted a 1.51 ERA… over four years.
This season, Kimbrel’s ERA sits at 0.50 with a 0.67 WHIP.
Perhaps he is due to regress a little, but he has re-established himself as one of the elite arms in the game.
His past two seasons were cause for concern but 2019 was abbreviated due to a slow market and 2020 was the COVID season.
Mark 2021 as the return to normalcy for Kimbrel.
Atlanta Braves Three Down: Robbie Grossman
Robbie Grossman has been suggested as a suitable fit for the Braves since Acuna went down.
While the 31-year-old is doing a nice job of getting on base with a .353 OBP, he’s hitting just .226 and slugging only .403.
While he could represent an upgrade in left field, this isn’t the type of impact bat that can help make up ground for what the Braves lost in Acuna Jr.
Nobody the team trades for will replace Acuna, but they need to lessen the blow of losing one of the games brightest stars.
Grossman would be cheaper than Gallo, Bryant, Marte, or any other bigger names on the market but that is with reason.
This is not the type of deal that would propel the Braves past the Mets in the NL East.
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