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Braves Briefing: Atlanta is done with pursuing position player upgrades.

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The rest of the offseason is focused on pitching, with openings for either a starter or another bullpen piece

Alex Anthopoulos didn’t really mince words with the media when he spoke with us at the Winter Meetings.

“We are very happy with our position-player group,” Anthopoulos said. “We had a very good offense last year. We’ve only pursued one position player this offseason and that was Jarred Kelenic and we were able to get a deal done. We haven’t explored any other position players in any other capacity at any time.”

And that makes sense – Atlanta’s offense was historic in 2023, and swapping the veteran combo of Eddie Rosario and Kevin Pillar in left field with Jarred Kelenic and Vaughn Grissom infuses youth and the potential for growth into the position.

So the focus is pitching from here on out. It remains to be seen which direction Atlanta goes – a starter or another bullpen piece, with Reynaldo López adjusting accordingly, but arms and minor league depth are the focus going forward.

How long until pitchers and catchers report?

66 days. Atlanta’s expected to ask pitchers and catchers to report on Monday, February 12th, in advance of their first spring training game on February 24th against the Tampa Bay Rays. An official announcement of the reporting date will come in January.

Here’s the odds for the top 10 teams to win the 2024 World Series according to FanDuel

After some of the moves that happened at Winter Meetings, we see some of the odds have shifted around. The Braves still hold the best odds. The Yankees received a nice bump thanks to Juan Soto.


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