4 pending free agents the Braves need to target this offseason

There are still a couple months left in the season, but it never too early to start thinking about the Braves' offseason plans.
World Series - Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros - Game Six
World Series - Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros - Game Six / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages
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The Braves bringing back Jorge Soler would be sweet

One would not struggle to find Braves fans eager to see an reunion with Jorge Soler. In addition to just playing really well in his short stint with the Braves in 2021, Soler's home run in the World Series is already considered to be among the top playoff moments in Braves history. Soler ended up heading to the Marlins after his time in Atlanta and he has continued to do Soler things this season with 28 home runs and an .836 OPS in 2023.

Given that he has played well for Miami this season, it does seem likely that he will not exercise his $9 million player option with Miami for 2024. He wouldn't be dirt cheap as he will definitely want to top that $9 million he is leaving on the table for next season, but adding Soler would give the Braves a number of options. One, it takes care of at least the right-handed side of any left field platoon with a bat with big-time power. Second, giving Soler a multi-year deal would give Atlanta another DH option if/when they finally decide to give up on Marcell Ozuna.

Jordan Montgomery should be near the top of the Braves' starter targets list

Even if one operates under the assumption that the Braves and Max Fried can get together on a contract extension, the Braves need to add at least one rotation arm this offseason if not two. There are just too many questions beyond Fried and Spencer Strider and one way to provide some stability in the rotation would be to add Jordan Montgomery this offseason.

Montgomery isn't particularly sexy as a pitcher. He doesn't light up his Statcast page and his fastball only averages around 93 MPH. However, the guy just puts up good starts and throws strikes night in and night out. The Braves don't necessarily need to add an ace this offseason and they would certainly prefer not to have to pay an ace price to anyone. However, getting a 2-3 WAR starter that keeps them in games is exactly what the doctor ordered.