3 moves the Braves need to make before the Winter Meetings

The Braves need to strike early this offseason because this market could get wild in a hurry.
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Bring back Jorge Soler

Braves fans fondly remember Jorge Soler's time with Atlanta. All the guy seemed to do was hit the snot out of the ball and his home run in the 2021 World Series which (possibly) hasn't landed yet was a seminal moment during the Braves' title run and crushed Astros fans' dreams simultaneously.

Soler ended up leaving in free agency to join the Marlins and while his first year in Miami didn't go well as he was banged up, his 2023 season was much better as he posted an .853 OPS with 36 homers. Rather than stick around with the Marlins for 2024 on his existing deal, Soler opted out of his $13 million option and hit the free agent market once again.

Jorge isn't going to win any Gold Gloves out in left field and swapping him into DH and putting Ozuna in left also probably wouldn't help the outfield defense situation. However, what a reunion with Soler would do is lengthen the Braves' lineup even more while also giving Atlanta an insurance policy in the event that Marcell Ozuna turns into a pumpkin (again) or does something stupid (again).

Is this altogether likely? Probably not. The Braves do seem willing to spend on a big name right now, but their focus is on the pitching market. Soler wouldn't come cheap as he just left $13 million on the table in Miami, but it is a move the Braves really, really should consider before the big market teams start throwing money around during and after the Winter Meetings.