With the 2016 regular season coming to an end I think it's a good time to start focusing in the offseason, this thread is for rumors and ideas.
Atlanta Braves strengths and needs:
C. Tyler Flowers was a good player this season he has pop and a very good framer according to baseball prospectus. He's the worst rated catcher throwing out runners though. He's obviously a better fit as a reserve because he's never hit as much before so banking on his offensive production next season will be a mistake. We need a starter or a platoon partner.
1B. This is obviously a strenght, Freeman was the top 1B in the majors in 2016 and he doesn't get injured.
2B. The Braves were the 27th ranked team in the MLB in wRC+ and the 29th according to WAR so yeah, this is a priority, Ozzie Albies injury cost him some time of development but he should be ready by June so we need Jace to hold the 2B job till then. But if the Braves want to be competitive early on we need to sign a player similar to Gordon Beckham to part time with Jace because well, he's not good.
3B. This one is interesting, the Braves ranked 29th by WAR in the majors but Adonis hit a respectable .276/.311/.438 from June 1 till today and played average defense. That's an average player overall, we can improve but he's not exactly a liability out there. In fact he hit .302/.362/.403 against LHP in the whole year, that's an above average bat, so at worst we have a very good platoon hitter, we just need to find his counterpart.
SS. We are set here, Swanson is good and should be a 3+ WAR player next season.
LF. Matt Kemp is here and he has power, not a great player but he's a need. Let's keep him.
CF. Inciarte is a stud, 4WAR player here.
RF. Markakis might be traded but he's solid, and average overall player, Smith is in the mix but if trading Marky means eating a lot of his salary I'll pass. Keep him and make Mallex our 4th OF next season.
Those two are locks to be in the rotation.
Matt Wisler: for the past two seasons Wisler have the 8th worst ERA in the majors (min. 200IP), 9th in FIP and 6th in xFIP. So we can say he's been one of the worst 10 starters in the league. His K/BB ratio is uninspiring so 2017 might be sink or swing for him, if he's struggle early we may give someone else the chance.
Aaron Blair: he was a total disaster this year, his stuff isn't eye poping and walks too many hitters, he'll get another chance in 2017.
Starting pitching is obviously a need, we need at least 1 reliable starter.
Our bullpen is good and deep so we don't need major changes in it.