The Atlanta Braves offseason summarized in 6 quotes

In an offseason full of interesting quotes, which statements encapsulated the Atlanta Braves offseason the best?

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We are just one day away from Opening Day, and the baseball offseason is nearly in the rearview mirror. As we distanced ourselves from the bitter ending from the 2023 NLDS, Braves fans have slowly built excitement around what seems to be another strong squad for 2024.

Among the many things that fueled that excitement were the countless quotes that had Braves fans ready to run through a brick-wall. It's hard to summarize nearly five months of baseball offseason into just six quotes, but we're going to do it anyway.

Six quotes that defined the Atlanta Braves offseason

"When my agent said there was an opportunity, I said let's do it." - Reynaldo Lopez

The Braves made their first big splash of the offseason by signing hard-throwing RHP Reynaldo Lopez to a three-year deal. When Lopez was asked how this deal came together, his quote gave us an insight on how many free agents view the Braves currently.

On the outside looking in, the Braves organization seems to be centered around winning. That is a driving force for good players to want to come to Atlanta. Alex Anthopoulos is already VERY good at his job, but being able to pitch the talented roster to the other puzzle pieces he seeks each offseason has to be nice.

What has been built in the Atlanta clubhouse feels like a big contributor towards getting contract extensions like Chris Sale's done. When players know an organization has the ability and desire to win, then generally they are more eager to ink a deal to stick around.

"Our lineup is just disgusting." - Jarred Kelenic

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The newest Braves left fielder isn't alone in this sentiment. Around the league the Braves are viewed as perhaps the best lineup in baseball. It's hard to disagree when they're coming off a season with records for team slugging percentage in a single season, and they are running out eight of the nine same everyday guys.

The one difference in the Braves lineup in 2024 will be the left field spot occupied by former Mariner Jarred Kelenic, who is replacing Eddie Rosario. Kelenic hasn't quite put together the full season that his former top prospect status led you to believe would have already happened. However, the low pressure environment that comes with batting ninth in a "disgusting lineup" has to make Kelenic feel like he's finally in the right place for his big league career to take liftoff.

"It's not a secret I want to be a Brave for life." - Ronald Acuña Jr.

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Perhaps the most exciting quote from this offseason, was the notion that one of the best players in baseball wants to remain on your favorite team for the foreseeable future. The reigning NL MVP is already under club contract through the 2028 season, but that doesn't mean the relationship has to end there.

Just a couple days after players reported to Florida for Spring Training, RAJ let everyone know where his long-term thoughts were. This was certainly music to the ears of every Braves fan. Acuna went on to say he hopes to stay in Atlanta forever, and hopefully that is something that he and the team can make happen soon.

Put us in the camp that wants Ronald Acuna Jr. to get paid a lot of money to remain with the Braves for a lot of years. Hopefully, that very things happens soon.

"I'm tired of the Atlanta Braves winning our division." - JT Realmuto

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I didn't say all of these quotes were going to be from Atlanta Braves personnel did I? Sometimes it's good to take the words of your enemies and use them to fuel the fire. The Braves have now one six straight NL East division titles, dating back to 2018.

Not everyone is as thrilled about that as Braves country. Take Philadelphia Phillies catcher JT Realmuto for example. When asked about the chances of breaking Atlanta's division title streak, Realmuto simply responded with how much he has grown tired of the Braves dominance.

While the Phillies have knocked the Braves out of the playoffs the last two seasons, it's clear Philadelphia has a clear goal of knocking Atlanta off their regular season NL East throne as well. Now, it's up to the Braves to make sure that doesn't happen, while perhaps extracting some revenge along the way.

"It's good to be home." - Jesse Chavez

Veteran pitcher Jesse Chavez had to fight back tears when he was asked how it felt to return to Atlanta less than a week ago. Many fans were right there with Chavez, as he has grown into a special place in Braves fans hearts.

During his first interview since returning, Chavez took a moment to reflect Lon his 16 year big league career, and how his first stint with Atlanta (all the way back in 2010) shaped him into the person he is today. The culture within the Braves locker room is something that also led to Adam Duvall returning to Atlanta just before the start of the regular season.

This figures to be the last dance for the 40 year-old Chavez, so it feels good for him to do it in the place he claims he wants to. Now, Chavez is set to make his final Opening Day roster, long live king Jesse.

"I think that there should be no acceptance of anything less than winning a World Series in this organization." - Spencer Strider

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Finally, we end it with the team-wide expectations in the locker room. If you were to survey each player from the Atlanta Braves Opening Day roster, I'd guess you would get 26 answers with the verbiage "World Series or bust."

In fact, if you've been watching the Braves YouTube series Behind the Braves, that's exactly how they ended their behind the scenes content from Atlanta Braves 2024 Spring Training. No one quite captured that notion as well as Atlanta's ace however.

Spencer Strider will give fans some of the most blunt quotes you can think of, and that's a big reason why fans love him so much. The mustached flamethrower claims that Atlanta is the most talented team in baseball, and we are not here to disagree with him.

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