“With those offseason departures, Atlanta is staring at a power shortage. The Braves ranked 28th in the Majors last year with 165 home runs. Thirty-five percent of that total was provided by players who are no longer with the organization, namely the aforementioned duo and Brandon Phillips, whose 11 homers made him one of the seven Atlanta players with a double-digit total.”
As nice as it is to have a “youth movement” and to be calling up the prized prospects, Braves veterans hit a large portion of our home runs. Ronald Acuna may be able to replace Matt Kemp’s 19 home runs, and Johan Camargo should provide a similar amount of power at 3B. Preston Tucker and Lane Adams should provide more power from the backup outfield spots than Emilio Bonifacio, Danny Santana, and Jace Peterson. Dansby Swanson should also have a power rebound. Remember, he didn’t hit a home run after June 7th, a span of 326 PAs. Crazy.
“The move was made to ensure there is enough time to complete their new facility in West Villages in the City of North Port, Sarasota County,” the team and Disney said in a news release. “The Braves will play their final 2019 Spring Training game in the new ballpark. The complex will officially open in April 2019 with the team’s Florida operations moving in at that time.”
The Braves tack on an extra year at Walt Disney. They have a deal in place to go to North Port, which is south of Sarasota. Not a big deal that they’re switching Spring Training sites, in my opinion, but this area of Florida has much more franchises, and new facilities will probably help. Me personally, it takes my trip to their home Spring Training from an hour and 45 minutes down to about an hour. They’ll also play more games against the franchises on the west coast of Florida, which is just fine with this west coaster.
The Mets are weighing four players for those spots, according to major league sources—free agents Eduardo Nunez, Todd Frazier and Neil Walker, plus a trade candidate, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison.
Club officials see the four as mostly similar—all produced between 2.1 and 3.0 Wins Above Replacement last season, and all project to be between 1.2 and 2.2 this season, according to Fangraphs’ version of the measure.
Some of the competition for the available third basemen is right here in the division. The article, which is behind the paywall of The Athletic (sorry…), drills down on the third base candidates quite well. For the one hole the Braves have, there are certainly plenty of options to fill it.