Braves News: Ronald Acuna Jr.’s future, Fred McGriff, and more

Well hello, Atlanta Braves fans. Most of you are probably making travel and meal plans with Thanksgiving just a few days away. We hope you travel safe and enjoy your time with family and friends. For the past few days, the Braves have been quiet on the transactions front, but there is no telling when Alex Anthopoulos may strike (he signed Josh Donaldson just a few days after Thanksgiving back in 2018).

The Braves have a few questions to answer this offseason and we have talked about them a lot of late, but one question that only time can really answer is the future of Ronald Acuna Jr. and how he will look in 2023. Ronnie was very clearly not completely healthy last year, but with some encouraging peripherals and a healthy offseason, our guess is that he will be just fine.

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One other thing that we explored on the site yesterday was the Hall of Fame case of Fred McGriff. McGriff played a tough position in terms of Hall of Fame contemporaries, but he has plenty of counting stats and metrics that make a pretty strong case that he belongs in the Hall and without any of the steroid baggage that a lot of players during his era have.

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The Seattle Mariners were one of the best stories from the 2022 season as they went on the warpath after they promoted one of the top prospects in baseball, Julio Rodriguez. After a fine showing in the 2022 playoffs, it looks like they have even higher aspirations as they have been connected to Trea Turner and could very well truly be in the running to sign the shortstop this offseason.

The 2023 baseball Hall of Fame ballot was also announced yesterday. It is not the most exciting class when it comes to first timers with Carlos Beltran being the headliner. Holdovers like Scott Rolen, Todd Helton, and Billy Wagner probably have the best shots to get in the Hall. Hopefully, with guys like Bonds and Clemens off the ballot this year, we will see an uptick in Hall of Fame support for Andruw Jones.