MLB Offseason Update: Ohtani’s Priorities, Nola’s Interest, and Braves’ Plans
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Slow Start to MLB Offseason
The MLB offseason is now in its second week, and fans are eagerly awaiting the first major move. However, it’s important to remember that the offseason is a marathon, not a sprint, much like the regular season. While the lack of activity may be frustrating, there is usually a flurry of moves leading up to the non-tender deadline, which falls on Friday. So, expect things to pick up soon.
Geography Not Ohtani’s Top Priority
According to MLB.com, Shohei Ohtani’s main focus this offseason is joining a competitive team rather than considering geography. Ohtani has made it clear that he wants to be part of a contender, as he expressed his frustration with losing in July. While he is believed to prefer the West Coast, East Coast teams like the Braves, Mets, Phillies, Red Sox, and Yankees are also in the mix. The Phillies and Yankees already have a full-time designated hitter, but when it comes to Ohtani, teams will find a way to make it work.
Aaron Nola Generates Interest
Free-agent starting pitcher Aaron Nola is expected to attract plenty of interest on the open market. Despite a down year, Nola showcased his skills with impressive playoff starts and finished fourth in Cy Young voting in 2022. With a track record of consistently pitching over 200 innings, Nola’s durability is highly valued in today’s game.
The Cardinals and Braves have shown interest in Nola, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. While other teams are likely to join the pursuit, these specific suitors indicate Nola’s market is already heating up. The Cardinals, who had a disappointing rotation performance last season, are in dire need of pitching reinforcements. The Braves, fresh off their NL East championship, are looking to bolster their starting rotation and are considering Nola as a potential addition.
Angels Eyeing Tim Anderson
The Los Angeles Angels have expressed strong interest in former White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, as reported by USA Today. The Angels may consider moving Anderson to second base, where he has some experience, to accommodate their current second baseman, Luis Rengifo. Anderson had a rough 2023 season, leading the White Sox to decline his club option. However, his previous consistent hitting performance and young age make him an intriguing option in a thin free agent market for middle infielders.
Braves Looking to Add a Starter
The defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves are actively seeking to add a starting pitcher this offseason, according to The Athletic. With their recent decision to exercise Charlie Morton’s club option, the Braves have an opening in the No. 5 spot in their rotation. While they have promising young arms like Bryce Elder, Max Fried, and Spencer Strider, the Braves are interested in acquiring Aaron Nola to strengthen their pitching staff.
Nola’s connection to Atlanta’s pitching coach, Rick Kranitz, who previously worked with him in Philadelphia, adds further intrigue to the potential partnership. Signing Nola to a multi-year contract would not only solidify the Braves’ rotation for the upcoming seasons but also provide flexibility for re-signing Fried in the future.
As the MLB offseason progresses, fans can expect more rumors and moves to unfold. Stay tuned for the latest updates.