Five things to keep in mind about the Braves as offseason progresses

Justin Toscano, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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SAN DIEGO — Jacob deGrom chose Texas. Trea Turner is headed to Philadelphia. Justin Verlander joined the Mets.

Things are heating up at the winter meetings.

The Braves, like their competitors, are exploring ways to improve their roster and, by association, their chances of winning another World Series in 2023. Since the Phillies eliminated Atlanta from the postseason in October, Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos has been hard at work as he tries to position his club for another championship.

Atlanta is open-minded to different ways of improving its club.

“It could be anything,” Anthopoulos said. “It really could.”

Here are five things to keep in mind about the Braves as the winter meetings continue:


The Braves won’t force a deal

“The Braves HAVE to do this.”

Anthopoulos doesn’t like thinking about it that way. He thinks it can be dangerous.

“I think once you put yourself into that position, you’re likely to make a mistake,” he said. “So you might aspire to do ‘X’ or have goals and so on, but you force a deal, there’s a lot of implications to that. Sometimes, you need to just feel good about the deal, and (other times) pass.”


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