Atlanta Braves

Life after Donaldson: Braves explore options after slugger departs for Twins

• Leaving Atlanta, the South’s king city which resides not far from Alabama, where Donaldson’s family and friends could see him play in the shadow of home.

Perhaps the Braves are a shrewd move away from coming up roses; they’re a mistake away from potentially costing themselves a third straight playoff appearance.

About those fancy alternatives: Rather than spend a massive sum of prospects and cash to acquire a star third baseman like Nolan Arenado or Kris Bryant, the Braves are likelier to explore the outfield market.

Bryant has defensive concerns and is set to reel in a record deal in 2022 (if not sooner due to a grievance filed against the team over service-time manipulation).

Ronald Acuna is set to man right field, Ender Inciarte is slotted in center and a Nick Markakis-Adam Duvall platoon would be featured in left.

Now, they’re tasked with balancing the nearer future and not only keeping their franchise atop the NL East, but engineering a roster built to go deeper in the playoffs.

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