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https://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/35466144/passan-2022-23-mlb-free-agency-takeaways

"3) The lowest-spending team in free agency will definitely surprise you.

It is ... the Atlanta Braves. Hold on now. The Braves? The team projected to have the eighth-highest payroll in the big leagues this year, at nearly $200 million? The team that won the World Series in 2021?

It's true. Atlanta has signed one free agent this winter to a guaranteed major league deal: outfielder Jordan Luplow, for one year and $1.4 million. Its other signings -- relievers Nick Anderson and Jesse Chavez, utilityman Ehire Adrianza -- are either non-guaranteed big league spots or minor league deals.

What gives? Well, Atlanta did bolster its roster, just not through free agency. The Braves spent $73 million on their signature move of the offseason, trading for All-Star catcher Sean Murphy and then extending him through 2029. The contract of the average non-closer in free agency this year has cost $6.8 million per year, so Atlanta addressed its relief corps by trading for Detroit setup man Joe Jimenez, who will make $2.77 million.

It's a similar situation to that of the Seattle Mariners, who have lavished all of $8.2 million on free agents this winter: $7 million for AJ Pollock, the rest for Trevor Gott. Seattle made a big splash around the trade deadline, acquiring starter Luis Castillo, who eventually signed a five-year, $108 million extension -- the second nine-figure deal within a short period for the Mariners after Julio Rodriguez's mega-extension. The Mariners do have more room to flex their financial muscles, but in a market like this, perhaps Seattle -- and other nonspenders -- are viewing it as simply the wrong time to add via free agency.

It's easy to get caught up in free agency, especially when fans want a team to take another leap forward (Seattle) or keep up with the divisional Joneses (Atlanta). And all of that is reasonable. Sports fans aren't wired to consider three-year plans in the same way general managers do. So unless an offseason is completely transformative for a team -- and examples do exist -- taking one winter into a larger context will keep you sane. Just because a few months haven't been outwardly busy doesn't mean business is shutting down. To properly judge a baseball team and the efficacy of its moves takes multiple years.

Why aren't the Braves getting grief for their offseason? Because in the past four years, they've locked up Murphy, Austin Riley, Ronald Acuña Jr., Matt Olson, Michael Harris II, Ozzie Albies and Spencer Strider. The message couldn't be much clearer: Atlanta would rather spend money on homegrown players than dabble in an irrational free agent market."

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3 hours ago, Unknøwn said:

 

Two thoughts.

First....good for him for putting in the work to get better.

Second......holy mother of mayonnaise.

The braves need to pass a rule that he can not go without a shirt and he must wear knee length shorts until he can get a tan.

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Wake Forest is one of, if not *the* best collegiate pitching labs in the country. The Braves obviously agree, they took two Wake Forest pitchers in the first round in 2020 and 2021. 

A resurgent Ian Anderson would be an embarrassment of riches.  

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7 hours ago, Malachore said:

 Is there a program they can put in there to help him throw a curve ball?

We'll find out in roughly 4 weeks. Ian isn't being expected to be more than a #5 SP though. So it's not like he has to come in lights out. Just come in and be serviceable, anything more is fantastic. Soroka could take the spot but in his interview AA mentioned it could be awhile before Soroka gets comfortable again, might be Spring, could be July, nobody knows.

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So far it looks like Tromp, Rosario, Jimenez, Acuna and Pillar will be playing for their countries in the WBC.

Brian McCann is serving as assistant pitching coach for Team USA. Of course former Brave Mark DeRosa is the manager for Team USA. 

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10 hours ago, CrimsonFalcon said:

Strider has changed numbers to 99... love it...

 

#stacheandgas

And yes, he said its because he loves Ricky Vaughn. He said he always gives his created version of himself #99 on MLB The Show. Strider said he relates to Vaughn and its his favorite movie. 

They should let him come from the pen to begin the game and play Wild Thing at least once this year. 

 

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Chip Caray has left the Braves. He's accepted the play by play job in STL with the Cardinals. It'll be the first time since 2005 that someone other than Chip was the Braves play by play man. DOB said a source inside Bally told him that Chip was welcomed back for 2023 but opted to go home to STL.

I hate to mess with the radio team but Ben Ingram would be my first call. Turn radio back to Jim Powell.

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4 minutes ago, The Kingfish said:

I would take Ron Gant if you could convince him to give up his cozy morning anchor gig on Fox5 Atlanta.

I have to say, when Gant was doing the Braves pregame and post-game before going to Fox, he was not great. He had no personality. Maybe he's better with more experience now but at the time he was just boring.

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