MLB 2019 Offseason Breakdown: Atlanta Braves

Here is my MLB 2019 Offseason Breakdown Blog. This time it is on the Atlanta Braves and I will talk about who the Braves acquired and lost, their starting lineup and pitching rotation and my prediction for them this season. Let’s get into the blog.

Offseason Acquisitions and Loses:
Josh Donaldson signs a 1 year $23 million contract
This is a good signing by the Braves because I like that they are taking a risk on Donaldson. Not so long ago Donaldson was the AL MVP and due to injury last season he had the worse season of his career only able to play 52 games. So by taking the risk, the Braves hope Donaldson can come back healthy and if he can come somewhat close to his MVP form, it will really help the Braves this season.
Nick Markakis signs a 1 year $6 million contract
The Braves bring back Markakis after his first all-star season where he also won his third Gold Glove and first Silver Slugger. Markakis will continue to be the starting right fielder for the Braves and I expect him to have another good season.
Anibal Sanchez signs a 2 year $19 million contract with the Nationals
For the Braves this has to suck. Sanchez had a good season last year and he was a pretty solid guy to have for the Braves rotation.

Starting Lineup:
C: Tyler Flowers
1B: Freddie Freeman
2B: Ozzie Albies
3B: Josh Donaldson
SS: Dansby Swanson
LF: Ronald Acuna Jr.
CF: Ender Inciarte
RF: Nick Markakis

Starting Pitchers:
1. Mike Foltynewicz
2. Sean Newcomb
3. Kevin Gausman
4. Julio Teheran
5. Touki Toussaint

Offseason Grade: B

So the Braves made the playoffs for the first time last season since the 2013 season. Sadly for the fans, they got taken out in the first round and I do not see them making the playoffs this season. With the Phillies adding some major pieces to them this offseason I do not see them coming in first in the division.

And for a wild card spot, I don’t have them making the wild card because there are a lot of better teams in the NL right now than them, especially in the NL Central. They will finish in second place in the NL East, but for now, they are not in the playoffs.

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