The Atlanta Braves' season may have ended with a disappointing postseason loss to the Dodgers in the NLDS, but they showed a lot of promise for the future.
Veterans Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki had standout performances this season for the Braves, and were noted as great team leaders for the young players on the squad.
Braves ‘open-minded’ on retaining Markakis, Suzuki https://t.co/vamPy6aGy7— AJC Sports (@AJCsports) October 18, 2018
Both Markakis and Suzuki will explore their options during the offseason, as the free agents will likely receive offers from other teams. But, the Braves are keen on retaining the two, as they both played critical roles in getting the Braves to the postseason.
Suzuki split playing time with Tyler Flowers throughout the season, and this combination of catchers worked out well for the Braves. Will that continue in 2019?
For Braves Country.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 9, 2018
For our city.
For our fans.#ForEachOther
We never quit & neither did you. We salute you for the electric atmosphere at @SunTrustPark & the infectious energy around this special team.
As exciting as this season was, wait until you see what’s next. #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/bTQgqDcvtq
Markakis will also test the market, though because of his age, he is not likely to land a large multi-year contract anywhere. However, if the Braves can't find a suitable replacement for him, Markakis would surely be welcomed back.
We're excited to see what moves the Braves make over the offseason. If they can fix up some glaring issues, they could make a much deeper postseason run next year. The future is bright for this club.