4 players that the Braves need to trade this offseason to improve their roster

The Atlanta Braves should be in a good spot heading into the 2024 season. However, they could really use a couple trades to reinforce their roster.
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Spencer Schwellenbach

The Braves were thrilled when Spencer Schwellenbach fell to them in the second round ($) of the 2021 draft. An infielder and reliever in college, the Braves wanted to convert Schwellenbach to a starter as a pro. That transition was slowed, however, when Schwellenbach had to have Tommy John surgery shortly after being drafted.

Schwellenbach returned to the field in 2023 and after knocking off some of the rust, he dominated in low-A Augusta in the first half with a 2.63 ERA before finally getting promoted to Rome. He is currently on the IL, but it doesn't sound like the injury is serious and he should be back in action fairly quickly. Given how deliberate the Braves have been with Spencer, he does not seem to be on the fast track to the big leagues. However, he has enough upside to be enticing for a team looking for a bit of a project and could be a key piece in a trade for the Braves next offseason.

Vaughn Grissom

Vaughn Grissom is a pretty well-known commodity for Braves fans at this point. His defensive questions in the big leagues are real and he hasn't shown the consistent ability to impact the ball. However, he doesn't really have much to prove beyond the power in the minor leagues as Grissom is slashing .316/396/.461 in 82 games in Triple-A this season.

With Orlando Arcia pretty firmly entrenched at shortstop and Ozzie Albies definitely isn't going anywhere, Grissom just doesn't have a spot with the Braves in the short or long term. This is not a bad problem to have as now the Braves have an infielder who can hit to use as a trade chip. If you see the Braves make a trade for a starting pitcher of note this coming offseason, do not be surprised if Grissom is in the trade package the Braves send.

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