2 Reasons why they shouldn't have dropped Rosario
1. Price was worth the risk
Oftentimes the reason a team does not exercise a club option is because of the price tag on the player. Eddie Rosario would have earned $9 million next year with Atlanta.
With the success Rosario has had with the team in years past, this cheap price (comparatively), was well worth the risk. If nothing else, having Rosario’s experience and adding depth to the team could be beneficial.
2. Playoff success
Eddie Rosario is one of those players that seem to have a flair for the dramatic. During the 2021 season with the Braves, Rosario came up with several clutch hits including a go-ahead three-run homer in the NLCS that led the Braves to the World Series.
Rosario’s playoff success in Atlanta was not a coincidence. He had proven he played well in October when he was in Minnesota as well.
In his career in the playoffs, Rosario has played in 8 series (30 games). He is a .296 hitter with 5 home runs and 14 runs batted in over this stretch. When the games matter most, he shows up. This playoff experience and success would have been nice to keep on the Braves roster for 2024.