3 under-the-radar former Braves that Atlanta could reunite with in 2024

The Atlanta Braves have holes to fill this offseason. We present three under-the-radar former Braves who are currently free agents that would fit the club's needs.

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1. Elvis Andrus

Elvis Andrus
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Elvis Andrus began his big-league journey with the Atlanta Braves organization in 2005 at the age of 16. The Braves traded the highly-rated prospect in 2007 to the Texas Rangers. Andrus would go on to finish second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2009. He would make the All-Star team in 2010 and 2012.

Andrus' name was tossed around as a Dansby Swanson replacement last season. He ended up playing in 112 games for the White Sox as Tim Anderson dealt with injuries. Andrus was coming off of a solid year with the bat, posting a 104 OPS+ in 2022 between Oakland and Chicago.

He hit 17 homers and stole 18 bases that season. Those numbers were outside the norm for Elvis. Over 15 big-league seasons, he has an 86 OPS+ with a .695 career OPS. He's still a quality base runner, swiping 12 bags in 16 attempts last year.

He has consistently been a major-league quality player for a long time. For that reason, he will cost the Braves more than Camargo or Adrianza, but he's a more proven and better player. Here's the kicker, Andrus only cost the White Sox $3 million last season. That's about $1 million less than Nicky Lopez was projected to cost the Braves in arbitration.

If he can be had for less than $3 million in 2024, Andrus could be a good value as a utility glove. He could also offer an option to replace Orlando Arcia in the event of a long-term injury, without suffering much of a loss in on-field production.

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