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After coming within one win of reaching the World Series, the Braves will spend the offseason evaluating ways to strengthen what has the potential to once again be a championship-caliber roster.

Power Hitter

Marcell Ozuna made the most of his one year deal with the Braves similar to Josh Donaldson in 2019. But Ozuna is a free agent now. The Braves must either re-sign him or find another power hitter who can enhance Freddie Freeman’s value like Donaldson and Ozuna have while hitting behind him the past two years. But is Ozuna’s worth hinges on whether the National League will continue using a designated hitter. If the 29-year-old veteran ends up going elsewhere, the Braves may opt to use the trade market to find a big bat.

Starting Pitcher – Addressed

With Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Ian Anderson, the Braves have three of the game’s top young starting pitchers. But there was a need for the team to find further stability, beyond the respective potentials of Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson. The Braves already signed Charlie Morton to a one year $15 million deal, and Drew Smyly to a one year $11 million dollar deal. The addition of these two veterans quickly erased the club’s starting pitching needs.

Catcher

Travis d’Arnaud will attempt to repeat his impressive first season as Atlanta’s primary catcher, but the question is who should be his backup? Do the Braves bring back Tyler Flowers for a year? This would allow William Contreras and Shea Langeliers to continue to develop after missing the 2020 Minor League season. Flowers has a strong bond with d’Arnaud and the capability to mentor Contreras and Langeliers in the receiving department. Or are the Braves contenders for the JT Realmuto sweepstakes?

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