9 potential Atlanta Braves reunions to look for in 2024

As we look forward to 2024, there are nine former Braves on the free agent market who can fill needs on the team.
World Series - Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros - Game Six
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4 Pitchers who could reunite with the Braves

1. Julio Teheran

Julio Teheran
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Teheran was the third-to-last continuous Brave to have played a home game at Turner Field prior to his departure after the 2019 season. During his nine seasons with the Braves, he made six consecutive Opening Day starts.

Since his departure, he's established himself as a journeyman, pitching for the Angels, the Tigers (for one game), three independent teams, the Padres organization, and finally the Brewers.

The overall results since leaving the Braves haven't been pretty (5.92 ERA in 108 innings), but he did make improvements with the Brewers this season, pitching in 14 games (11 starts) and producing a 4.40 ERA.

Teheran would not be making another Opening Day start, but he could provide veteran depth in a rotation that could be thinning.

2. Will Smith

Will Smith
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Will Smith (the pitcher, not this one, or this one) is currently continuing on his quest for his third consecutive World Series ring (I'm dead serious), but he's someone the Braves should already be looking at.

One of the Braves flaws in this year's playoffs was the lack of left-handed bullpen arms. Aside from A.J. Minter, who is one of the team's high-leverage relievers, the only other lefty Brian Snitker could opt for is Brad Hand.

Smith's 4.40 ERA probably isn't appealing to Braves fans, but he did have a FIP that was an entire run lower at 3.36.

The 2021 World Series Champion could add depth to a bullpen that desparately needs another lefty and would likely come on the cheaper side. This year, Smith only made $1.5 million from Texas this seson.