Atlanta Braves Free Agent Preview

Player Name Position Comments
Matt Adams 1B Adams had a solid year in Atlanta playing in 131 games hitting 20 home runs and driving in 65 runs. He earned himself a one-year deal worth $4 million with the Nationals as the Braves are set with Freeman manning 1B long term.
Kris Medlen SP Medlen is also jumping ship here as he went out and signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks. Medlen’s best years are definitely behind him but he could still be an effective arm out of the bullpen with his nice two seam movement.
Adrian Gonzalez 1B This was a real headscratcher when the Braves went out and took on Gonzalez’s contract. However, it worked out for his new team, the Mets. They now have to pay him the veteran minimum as the Braves will be shelling out $21 million to him this year.
R.A. Dickey SP Dickey has not landed with a team yet but there is a good chance a team will take a shot on him. Knuckleballers age well and even at 43 he could be effective. His last contract of $7.5 annually will not be an option but look for Dickey to grab an invite to Spring Training somewhere and prove he still belongs.
Ian Krol RP At only 26 years old, Krol will eventually pick up a team that is willing to pay him for his services. With lefty specialists coming at a premium in the MLB, Krol should have no problem finding a job.
Michael Kirkman RP Kirkman has only appeared in 2 games since 2014 so there really is no reason to believe he will be on an MLB roster come Spring. Crazier things have happened though so maybe a team likes what they see in the 31 year old journeyman.
Jason Motte RP Motte is in the same boat as Medlen, being his best years are behind. The one good sign is he can still sling it up there in the high 90’s. His 3.54 ERA last year bodes well that a team will scoop him up and use him as a middle reliever.
James Loney 1B At one point in his career, Loney was considered to be a top tier free agent. This go around however is completely different. It will be hard for a team to buy into the 32 year old’s services being he hasn’t suited up since playing for the Mets last in 2016 while hitting to the tune of .265.

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