With the new year being ushered in, a slew of new trade rumors that have circled this offseason and will likely continue to haunt the Atlanta Braves 2023 season have surfaced along with it.
Whether those rumors come to fruition or not will likely be determined by the Braves’ season as it unfolds, but this article will seek to explore some of those way-too-early possibilities regardless. From starting pitcher to shortstop to left field, no positions – besides the obvious – may be safe if certain results do or don’t break in the Braves’ favor.
In a year that promises to be unprecedentedly competitive for the NL East among the powerhouse Braves, Mets, and Phillies, there will be hardly any room for dissidence or poor performance. Thus, the imperative will be on Alex Anthopoulos to find quick and effective solutions at every position in order to give the Atlanta Braves the best chance to win in both the short and long terms.
As a minor disclaimer, the nature of this article is mostly speculative, albeit informed by rumors, statements, and educated predictions. The simple inclusion of a player does not necessarily mean that I think nor am advocating for them to be traded; merely that it is a possibility.
With that out of the way, it’s time to explore the first major candidate. Frankly, his inclusion on this list should not come as a surprise to anyone, yet that very fact seems to simultaneously make his situation one of the most interesting ones.