7 Free Agent starters the Atlanta Braves should target this offseason

A look at free-agent starting pitchers who could give the Atlanta Braves some much-needed rotation depth in 2024.
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7. Alex Wood

Alex Wood
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Alex Wood isn't going to win a Cy Young but he is a veteran pitcher with great career numbers who can provide quality innings until he gets hurt. Wood has been a fun story since he began his career with the Braves in 2013. In 2015, Wood set his career high in innings with 189.2 and hasn't has only surpassed 150 innings twice since then.

He has averaged 122.1 innings per season over the last three years. He wouldn't be more than a depth piece but he should be pretty affordable considering his inability to stay healthy for a full season. Wood only made $12.5 million last season. The 11-year veteran has a career 3.74 ERA and will turn just 33 years old in January. He's at a point where he needs to prove he can stay healthy and be effective.

AA is just the guy to give a player like Wood a one-year prove-it deal. This one could be really affordable and return real value if he can stay healthy.

6. Jordan Montgomery

Jordan Montgomery
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Jordan Montgomery is coming off of the best season of his career. He pitched 188.2 innings and posted a 3.20 ERA. He was traded to the Rangers and has helped lead them to the ALCS where they are currently up 2-0 on the Astros, thanks in part to Montgomery's 6.1 shutout innings in Game One.

Montgomery is driving his value higher as we speak but at just 30, he might provide a solution to next season's depth and in the future since Max Fried's contract ends after 2024. The lefty has a 3.68 ERA over seven seasons. If Morton retires the Braves will need to make a splashier move in free agency and Jordan Montgomery could be the answer.

The hangup with Montgomery could be the price tag and the number of years he seeks. The Braves aren't likely to overpay or over-commit to a deal that takes him too far past his prime.