4 front office mistakes that cost the Atlanta Braves dearly in 2023

The Braves' made some critical errors over the last year or so that proved to be quite painful this season.
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Unlike previous years, a lot of the Braves' minor moves didn't work out

Alex Anthopoulos has a well-earned reputation of being a guy that is better than almost anyone out there when it comes to finding value in the bargain bin. From the trade deadline in 2021 that saw the Braves bring in Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Adam Duvall, and Joc Pederson who all helped the Braves win the title to minor additions like Orlando Arcia and Tyler Matzek providing big time value, this front office knows what they like and typically are great at identifying players that can help the big league roster.

Unfortunately, that wasn't really the case in 2023 as most of the minor moves Atlanta made before and during the season didn't pan out. Sam Hilliard, Kolby Allard, Dennis Santana, Hoy Park, and Eli White were all offseason moves that had some amount of potential but, because of injuries or good ol' fashioned not being good enough, that didn't provide any real value to the Braves this season.

The Braves' moves during the season were more of the same. Taylor Hearn was a Brave for about 10 minutes in 2023 and he was REALLY bad during that short window. Atlanta claimed Yonny Chirinos off of waivers in July and fans were clamoring for him to be taken out of the rotation almost as soon as he took the mound for the Braves. Andrew Velasquez was a late season waiver claim from the Angels that didn't end up doing anything for them.

No front office is going to have a 100% success rate shopping in the clearance aisle. However, it was a bit unsettling to see the Braves basically come up empty given how good they had been in the past.