3 Players Who the Braves Are Definitely Going to Release During Spring Training

Chad Sobotka
Atlanta Braves RHP Chad Sobotka | Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Despite coming off one of the most embarrassing losses ever seen in an NLDS game, the Atlanta Braves know they can win. They won 97 games in 2019 and have a ton of potential and young talent, but were outmatched by the Cardinals in the five-game series.

They know they're the frontrunners in the NL East in 2020, even though the Washington Nationals are fresh off a World Series win. In order to take the next step, though, they'll need to make some crucial cuts to players who won't be beneficial on the 26-man roster.

3. Chad Sobotka

Chad Sobotka
Sobotka had a less than stellar 2019 with the Braves. | Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

In a decently strong bullpen, there's no room for someone who puts up a 6.28 ERA in 32 appearances. Sobotka had a -0.5 WAR and struck out 38 batters in 29.1 innings, while walking 19. Considering the Braves went out and added Will Smith in free agency, Sobotka's odds at cracking a spot in the bullpen decreased significantly, and unless he impresses early in Spring Training, he may not stick around long.

2. Francisco Cervelli

Francisco Cervelli
Atlanta Braves catcher Francisco Cervelli | Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Francisco Cervelli was acquired in the latter half of last season as a depth piece, but he may be considered excess to requirements in Atlanta. The addition of Travis d'Arnaud, paired with the return of Tyler Flowers reduce Cervelli's chances at cracking the 26-man roster. The 33-year-old hit just .213 last season, so the Braves would be wise to move on.

1. Adeiny Hechavarria

Adeiny Hechavarria, Cristhian Adames
Atlanta Braves SS Adeiny Hechavarria | Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Hechavarria was only just brought back, but with Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies occupying the middle infield, the veteran shortstop will be no more than a bench piece. With other valuable players fighting for a spot on the major league roster, Hechavarria will have a tough time sticking around in Atlanta. While he offers a lot defensively, his lack of offensive production may result in the Braves looking elsewhere.