As the old cliche goes: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Given their recent success, Atlanta wants to make sure that they don't let anyone on their current roster slip away. They made sure of that by tendering a contract to all 40 eligible players on their roster.
The #Braves today tendered a contract to all 40 players on the club’s 40-man roster.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) December 1, 2018
Even outfielder Adam Duvall, who many people thought was a guarantee to be non-tendered, is coming back in 2019. Their already strong roster will be kept intact, along with the former All-Stars they have already signed early this offseason.
Brian McCann and Josh Donaldson will be two new faces in Atlanta next year. Both have struggled with dips in production due to injuries recently, but now have a chance to start fresh on a team that could be a perennial contender for the next few years. They will join emerging star Ronald Acuna Jr. and MVP contender Freddie Freeman in headlining this potent lineup.
“I want to win a championship in this city…That’s the reason I’m coming back.”— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 27, 2018
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As of right now, the Braves will head into the upcoming season as the favorites to once again capture the NL East. Their stacked team has only gotten better so far this offseason, while the other teams in their division haven't done much yet.
The Mets could still pull off a blockbuster and the Phillies are still prepared to spend stupid money, but right now, the their path to the division title still runs through Atlanta.