Smoltz: Braves got 'ahead of the market' this offseason

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
January 23, 2020 - 1:33 pm

Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos was open and honest on Wednesday when it came to Josh Donaldson.

While Anthopoulos said Donaldson moving on is a tough loss, he had to do what was best for the team's short and long term future in his unwillingness to match the Minnesota Twins offer.

"I just never felt the Braves were going to go the years that Josh Donaldson wanted. And for that, I think that's fine," MLB Network/FOX Sports MLB analyst John Smoltz told the Midday Show.

"They say in this game today, there's no such thing as a bad one-year deal. So, the game has kind of shifted to the super stars and young players getting these mega-contracts to now everybody in-between just kind of having to reinvent themselves and reprove themselves via a one-year type contract or incentive laden."

The Braves signed free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna to a one-year $18 million deal on Tuesday.

Smoltz said this offseason has put the Braves ahead of the curve.

"I think the Braves have done a great job on this offseason. They got ahead of the market. They went and got who they wanted early. They didn't wait, they didn't sit around. And, you know, from the stand point of their roster now, I just don't see how they can't be one of the favorites in the National League which is already loaded."