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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Luis Guillorme

With Ehire Adrianza's time with the Braves over and Nicky Lopez getting traded to the White Sox, Atlanta needs a new backup infielder. One option that the Braves should be very familiar with who was recently non-tendered is Luis Guillorme. Not only can he play all around the infield which gives the Braves plenty of flexibility in how to use him, but he does have a bit of upside.

Guillorme has been a good defender for most of his career (although his numbers did dip in 2023) and he was also an average or better hitter from 2020-2022. He was a bit banged up in 2023 and didn't look good when he was on the field, but Atlanta doesn't need him to be amazing or even play a lot. They just need a guy that can bounce around to give days off here and there and Luis fits the bill.

Brandon Woodruff

And now we come to not only the highest profile name amongst the recently non-tendered players, but also the player the Braves need to avoid in Brandon Woodruff. When he is healthy, it is unequivocally true that Woodruff is one of the better pitchers in the league. Over the last three seasons alone, Brandon sports a 2.70 ERA while striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings. He's is a stud when he is right.

The problem is that he just had shoulder surgery and that is problematic. Not only is he likely to miss all of next season because of the injury, but shoulder injuries are especially risky when it comes to pitchers. In fact, it is that exact problem that probably caused the Braves to cut Kyle Wright loose. If Woodruff was willing to sign a short term deal that didn't pay him much this year and was incentives-based for 2025, then sure...go ahead and sign him. However, if he is wanting (and may get from another team) and more guaranteed deal without knowing what he will look like post-surgery, the Braves need to stay out of the bidding.

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