With the MLB lockout finally lifted, it’s time to focus on free agency again.
The Hot Stove will be hotter than ever, as there are plenty of free agents who have yet to sign as a result of the lockout lasting as long as it did.
Several teams were reportedly in on Freeman, including the Braves.
But the Braves may also be looking to add a starter in addition to Freeman, and as the offseason restarts, they may be poised to go on a spending spree.
Source: Prior to lockout, #Braves had detailed conversations with free agent Justin Verlander. He ultimately returned to Houston, but this indicates that the Braves are trying to fit a high-level starter *and* Freddie Freeman into their budget. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 11, 2022
Braves Ready To Spend?
Despite the New York Mets going all out and spending on Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, and others, the Braves look like they’re ready to spend as well, and not let the Mets overtake them in the NL East.
The Braves certainly have the budget to pull something like this off, and it will be interesting to see what they do these next couple of days.
Again, we’re going to see free agency like we have never seen it before.
Players will be signing faster than ever, and teams will be scrambling to set their rosters in time for spring training to start.
Signing Freeman will help boost the Braves’ chances of repeating as champions, if they are able to pull it off, but adding another starter will certainly help them as well, as they would be adding that pitcher to a rotation that already features Max Fried, Mike Soroka, and Charlie Morton.
This would keep the Braves in the conversation to win the NL East, and the Mets would surely have some stiff competition coming their way.