8 Atlanta Braves players that will not be back in 2024

There could be big changes coming to the Braves roster this offseason.
Jun 12, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Collin McHugh (32) pitches in
Jun 12, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Collin McHugh (32) pitches in / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Kevin Pillar

This one is a bummer because Kevin Pillar had some nice moments with the Braves as the righty bench bat of choice in 2023. His .228/.248/.416 line with nine homers wasn't overly exciting, but some of the hits he did have this season came in some big time spots especially when the Braves were up against a tough lefty.

However, baseball is a results oriented business and the fact remains that if you were to circle one spot in the Braves' lineup that could use an upgrade, it is left field. Odds are that Eddie Rosario and his .755 OPS and 21 homers will probably survive the roster culling, but Pillar's value is pretty limited overall. Atlanta only really wants to play him against lefties and there are better platoon options out there if that is the direction they want to continue to pursue.

One argument to keep Pillar around is that he is not likely to be expensive next season as the Braves were able to snag him for $3 million this season, but the value add if they chose to do so is speculative at best. Being a bench bat is tough these days with the DH in the National League now and pinch-hitting opportunities being few and far between. However, the Braves can probably get more from someone younger, more versatile, or with more upside that Pillar without breaking the bank.