4. Add to Bullpen Depth
Following the trade of Craig Kimbrel, the Braves had one of the worst bullpens in all of baseball in 2015. Prior to last season, the bullpen had long been one of the strengths of the Braves as a team. The Braves ended the season with an almost completely different one than the one they had in 2014, or even the one they had on opening day in 2015. They ended up finishing the year with the second worst bullpen ERA in all of baseball and used 34 different relievers, including 17 rookies, due to various injuries and trades during the season.
It is likely that the Braves will make rebuilding their bullpen a priority this offseason, and arguably, it should definitely be one of their top priorities. It stands to reason, the Braves can expect last year’s closer, 38-year-old Jason Grilli, back at some point this season to help in the back of the bullpen. The Braves also have a glut of starting pitchers on both their major league roster and in their minor league system that can be used in the bullpen, if necessary. The Braves could also choose to buy low on high-risk, high-reward options via free agency. Whatever decision the Braves make, remaking their bullpen is ultimately a necessary offseason endeavor.