3 non-tendered players the Braves should target, 1 to avoid

The Braves have a bunch more options in free agency after Friday's non-tender deadline.
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Dakota Hudson

The Cardinals' rotation was a colossal dumpster fire this year and Dakota Hudson didn't exactly help the cause all that much. In 18 appearances including 12 starts, Hudson posted a 4.98 ERA with a strikeout rate that doesn't inspire a ton of confidence. However, Hudson's elite ability to get groundballs along with his prospect pedigree makes him at least somewhat interest as a target for the Braves.

The best option here is if the Braves could get Hudson on a minor league deal that maybe had incentives for playing time in the big leagues. Hudson's fastball and it's lack of velo is a bit of a problem, but a MiLB deal would allow the Braves to see first if they can make starting work out for him and if not, shift him to the bullpen where his secondary stuff could play up a bit in short stints.

Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows is one guy among the recent non-tenders that could be a huge value and who also has legitimate star potential. It looks like Meadows was on the verge of becoming a star in MLB during his time with the Rays from 2018-2021 with his 2019 season where he posted a .922 OPS being the highlight.

The problem, of course, is that Meadows has dropped off and more importantly, is that Austin has been dealing with some mental health issues that have severely impacted his ability to take the field. Meadows being from near Atlanta could not only make the Braves the ideal destination for him from a personal perspective, but would also give the Braves another high-upside option for left field in the wake of declining Eddie Rosario's option.