The Atlanta Braves made a flurry of non-tender and trades that have opened up 10 vacancies (as of this writing) on the 40-man roster. They have to fill these spots this offseason so strap in for the ride. We take a look at what Alex Anthopoulos could be planning and how he might fill these roster spots.
Expect the Braves to sign some cheap, unsexy names this offseason
Lucas Williams, Nicky Lopez, and Braden Shewmake have all been non-tendered or traded off the roster. Nicky Lopez was projected to earn close to $4MM in arbitration, according to MLBTradeRumors.com. The Braves are looking for cheaper versions of the guys they let go. The Braves are in the market for utility players similar to Nicky Lopez but they want to pay them more like Ehire Adrianza ($1MM in 2023).
Which players are currently on Braves roster as utility infield options?
Vaughn Grissom is on the roster but there have been rumors he could be destined for leftfield. His bat has been stellar in Triple-A and looked great in his brief run in 2022 with the big-league team but his infield defense was just awful. Grissom was on pace for -53 defensive runs saved at SS. That's impressively bad.
Forrest Wall was mostly used as a pinch runner and outfield glove, but he does have some experience in the infield. However, he last played second base in 2017 for high-A Lancaster when he was 21 years old.
Go to the next slide to continue reading about how the Braves might plan to add to their bench, potentially replace Arcia, and where they could find a few big starting pitcher names.