The Atlanta Braves signed left-hander Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11 million deal on Monday. It was the first move of the offseason for the Braves. However, 92.9 The Game reporter Joe Patrick told the Midday Show this won’t be the only move the team makes in the offseason.
"I really like the aggressiveness because this is a guy that the Braves have been tracking for a couple years now...because they like what he's shown since he came back from Tommy John surgery," Joe said.
Joe said Smyly is a player that could fit in the Braves rotation, potentially as high as third in that rotation with Mike Soroka and Max Fried being ahead of him.
As far as adding other pieces, Joe believes there will be more signings to come.
"I mean, I have to think so. And that signing might be just a re-signing of a guy like Marcell Ozuna potentially. But I think that even if they do not re-sign Marcell Ozuna, you have to replace him with some sort of bat so I think that there will be other spending."
The Braves, along with every other team in the league, are in this holding pattern right now because of some of the rule changes that were modified because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"There are still some things to play out and I think this offseason with the free agent signings will drag on a bit for that reason."