The Atlanta Braves have officially been unseated as defending World Series Champions.
With their loss in Game 4 of the NLDS to the Philadelphia Phillies, their title defense came to an end.
It’s the first time since 2019 that the Braves have not reached the NLCS.
But we haven’t heard the end of these Braves just yet.
In fact, the Braves have some big goals for the 2023 season.
With players like Dansby Swanson hitting the free agent market, there may be some holes to fill.
Luckily though, the ownership group of the Braves plans on bringing the team’s payroll up into the top five in all of baseball.
In 2022, the Braves ranked eighth in baseball with a payroll around $188 million. #Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk said the Braves wanted to have a top-10 payroll.
Now? “My goal now,” He said, “is to get to be a top-five (payroll team).”
— 680 The Fan (@680TheFan) October 18, 2022
Braves Planning To Spend Big?
That sounds like a plan to spend a lot of money before the 2023 season.
The Braves still have a solid foundation coming back.
And so, the Braves will very likely remain in postseason contention.
But that doesn’t mean that they’re satisfied right now.
In fact, their recent comments make it seem as if they’ll be trying to do whatever they can to keep Swanson and potentially add more pieces to their roster via free agency.
Could Jacob deGrom find his way to Atlanta this offseason?
What about Edwin Diaz?
Of course, these are just a few names the Braves could potentially look at.
But if the goal is to bring the payroll up into the top five, then we can expect the Braves to have a very active couple of months this offseason as they try to recapture the title in 2023.