7 Braves Facing Uncertain Futures Heading Into 2022

HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 02: Dansby Swanson #7 of the Atlanta Braves looks on against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning in Game Six of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on November 02, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 02: Dansby Swanson #7 of the Atlanta Braves looks on against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning in Game Six of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on November 02, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /
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Mike Soroka #40 of the Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Mike Soroka #40 of the Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Braves with Uncertain Futures — Mike Soroka

Talk about rooting for someone, there is no one I’m rooting harder for to be healthy and effective in 2022 than Mike Soroka.

But the truth is, he’s coming off three surgeries and two Achilles surgeries. There are not only questions about whether or not he can be a top of the rotation pitcher again but can he pitch again.

He’s under contract through arbitration for three more years and is projected to make around $2.8 million in 2022. Will the Braves continue to pay him at that level if he can’t stay on the field?

Braves with Uncertain Futures — Marcell Ozuna

This situation may get resolved before the 2022 season starts, but there is definitely some uncertainty with Marcell Ozuna.

Will the Braves trade him, cut him, or let him play?

That’s what GM Alex Anthopoulos is trying to figure out right now, and it’s not an easy answer.

First of all, if you want to trade him — and I’m almost certain they do — would anybody take him?

And if nobody will take him, would the Braves really cut him and eat $53 million just to watch him play for someone else? I can’t see that happening.

But I also can’t see him putting on a Braves uniform again.

I don’t envy AA at all in this situation, but hopefully it gets resolved soon.

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What I want to know is, of the seven players mentioned above, who is still wearing a Braves jersey come 2023? Let me know in the comments below.