To say the Atlanta Braves have had good fortune this year would be a grotesque understatement.
As @JoelSherman1 and @Ken_Rosenthal, who had the terms and deal first, both said: This, like the Ronald Acuña deal, is a monstrous win for the Atlanta Braves. In an unprecedented extension season, Atlanta is the clearest winner in locking up two potential stars way under market.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 11, 2019
If not in the middle of the season, the Braves absolutely have to haul in one of the game's superstars. They're set to have plenty of money to spend on the likes of J.D. Martinez and Aroldis Chapman should they choose not to exercise their options heading into next year.
The Braves already have a well-rounded team, but they could use some upgrades on the pitching staff. The starting rotation is dominated by young-but-unproven talent and could use a veteran presence like Cole Hamels or Hyun-Jin Ryu, to say nothing of the still-unsigned Craig Kimbrel, who put himself on the map years ago as an Atlanta stud.
Nice pitching performance from Cole Hamels! pic.twitter.com/mU8LOglhfb— Inside the Ivy (@InsidetheIvy) April 7, 2019
The Braves have been gifted a prime opportunity to build a dynasty. Very rarely is a team able to lock up two of it's best stars for close to a decade.
They need to make a move, and it needs to be massive. If they don't, it'll be an absolute shame.