Built on youthful exuberance, well-placed veteran pieces and a solid starting nine, the Atlanta Braves look to be the cream of the crop once again in the National League East, just with more competition. Every team except for the Miami Marlins made big-time upgrades to their rosters this offseason, signaling that the NL East was going to be a dog fight and that no team, again except for the Marlins, is out of it until a certain sized lady sings.
The Philadelphia Phillies made the biggest move of the baseball offseason by bringing in Bryce Harper on a 13-year agreement, solidifying one aspect of their outfield. To combine with Harper, the Phils traded for Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto, as well as signed Andrew McCutchen and other smaller, ancillary pieces to help solidify the roster.
The New York Mets made a large trade as well, bringing Robinson Cano and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz to the Big Apple, and those two have combined well with big-time rookie Peter Alonso to form a solid start to their season.
Even with having lost Harper to their divisional rivals, the Washington Nationals bolstered the strongest unit of their team by signing former Arizona Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin to a six-year deal, compiling what looks to be the best starting rotation in spots one through three in the entire league, filled out by Corbin, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
The Braves did not make any big-time moves, just bringing back veteran Nick Markakis to be their starting right fielder in 2019. Another larger move was signing slugger but injury-prone third baseman Josh Donaldson to a one-year deal, which so far has been a good addition for the team.
An area that this team is still lacking in is starting pitching, especially with having to face the bats of Harper, Realmuto, Cano, Alonso, Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Anthony Rendon in their own division.