For the last few seasons, many have wondered just how much Charlie Morton has left in the tank and for the most part, he has defied expectations. Charlie came to the Braves before the 2021 season seemingly in the twilight of his career and promptly put up a 4.5 fWAR season. Last season wasn't his best season, but he was still striking out nearly 11 batters per 9 innings pitched when it was all said and done. However, there are signs that the end is coming soon and the Braves may have to make a tough decision this offseason.
While his 3.71 ERA has been fine, Morton has seen a significant decline in his peripherals. The strikeouts have gone down and the walks have gone up as hitters have been less and less fooled by him. His issues have been particularly pronounced in the second half of 2023 so far with a 4.55 ERA and even steeper regression in his strikeout and walk rates into down right spooky territory. If Morton was a cheaper option, maybe running him back one more time would make sense. However, his club option is for $20 million next year and that money would be better spent elsewhere. It also wouldn't be shocking if Morton ended up retiring.
The Atlanta offense has been legitimately insane this year, but one position where they have underperformed has been in left field where they rank 20th in all of baseball in fWAR at 0.8. The lineup has been so good that that hasn't really mattered, but left fields stands to be the easiest position for the Braves to upgrade this offseason and that could mean the end of Eddie Rosario's time in Atlanta.
Braves fans will always remember Eddie basically single-handedly beating the Dodgers in the 2021 NLCS. However, he is essentially unplayable against lefties these days and his 99 wRC+ this season isn't exactly lighting the world on fire. Sure, he still has games where he goes wild and that is fun, but going after an every day left fielder instead of exercising Rosario's $9 million option for next season seems like the smart decision even if it would stink to not have him around anymore.