Who doesn't love a good reunion? As the Braves shift their focus to building their roster for a deep postseason run in 2024, there are former Atlanta Braves hitting the free agent market who could be fits for the team.
From former stars of the team to clutch postseason heroes, here are nine we think can get the Braves over the playoff hump and lead them back into the World Series.
5 Hitters who could return to Atlanta
1. Joc Pederson
Joc Pederson had a legendary half-season for the Braves, mostly because of his vibes. Since leaving the Braves and signing with the Giants, the Pearl Man has a 129 OPS+ across 255 games, hitting 38 bombs, and was even an All-Star in 2022.
Pederson was less productive this past season, but was still an above-average hitter, hitting 11% better than league average with a .235/.348/.416
If the Braves choose not to bring back Eddie Rosario, Pederson could be a cheaper replacement for the LF platoon.
2. Jason Heyward
Another option for the left side of the LF platoon could be former Brave top prospect, Jason Heyward.
Last year I suggested bringing signing Heyward on a minor league contract after he was released by the Cubs, but ultimately the OF signed with the Dodgers and had best hitting season across a full season since he was with the Cardinals.
Heyward is still elite defensively, so his bat and glove could be an upgrade over the current situation.