What are the Atlanta Braves going to do about the outfield?
Let’s go ahead and get this thing started by evaluating what the Atlanta Braves might do about the two previously mentioned players.
The Atlanta Braves still hold contractual rights over Adam Duvall for the 2022 season if they tender him. They held this same decision last year and as we all know declined it. Say whatever you want about the guy positively or negatively but he can mash and he plays great defense.
For the (in today’s game) estimated cost of $7 million or so, I see no way the Atlanta Braves do not tender a contract to Adam and keep him around for the 2022 season.
Of course, I said the same thing last year and was proved wrong so perhaps there is a chance but I think the Atlanta Braves realize the mistake they made last Winter.
That moves us along to Joc Pederson who declined his side of a $10 million mutual option, in essence gifting the Atlanta Braves $2.5 million which was the cost of the buyout they would have had to make if they would have declined the option.
I get it, he is flashy, funny, seems like a great teammate, big time power bat, and most of all a winner. However, one of these guys is going to be on the outside looking in and frankly, my money is on Joc. The $10 million saved could possibly go get us a good back up infielder which is something I look for the Braves to try and upgrade on this Winter.
Take away the big time home runs this past postseason and Joc was pretty abysmal and it got worse as the playoffs went on.
I obviously would not hate Joc coming back as I think he is great for the team in a lot of ways, but my gut tells me he will the man holding the short straw at the end of this.