What are the Atlanta Braves going to do about the outfield?
By James Kunkle
The Atlanta Braves — excuse me, the World Series champion Atlanta Braves — have some important decisions coming over the next few days and weeks.
When the Atlanta Braves registered the final out of the 2021 World Series and became champs (it is not gonna ever get old); the off-season officially began, and it did not take long for the stove to get hot.
All teams, including the Atlanta Braves have already mapped out a plan for how they want this off-season to go and decisions have been made privately for many weeks in many instances.
The Braves are no exception to the rule but they too have decisions to make on a couple of player 2022 contracts and their status with the team… not as many as some other teams, but important nonetheless.
The most intriguing part of the roster to watch over the next few weeks at least to me will be what the Braves do regarding the outfield.
First off, it is not a problem by any stretch, but the Atlanta Braves could possibly have an abundance of outfield talent if they play their cards right.
Now before we go on, it is important to note that the battle over the next few weeks will be the collective bargaining agreement and the way the league operates may be completely different after it is all said and done.
Finally, both leagues may be on even ground when it comes to free agency if the DH comes to the National League like many, myself included, fully expect.
That could be extremely beneficial to a team like the Atlanta Braves for a myriad of reasons, but the biggest perhaps being it might allow them to keep most of these star players that have become beloved in the Atlanta Braves fandom.
The first couple of guys that we had some kind of sense though is Joc Pederson and Adam Duvall. Both of these players have contractual decisions that will have to be resolved over the next couple of days. Let’s get into them first.