After winning their third straight NL East title and falling one victory shy of a World Series berth in 2020, the Braves made a few notable moves in free agency.

Major League Signings

Marcell Ozuna, OF: Four years, $65MM (includes $16MM option or $1MM buyout for 2025)

Charlie Morton, RHP: One year, $15MM

Drew Smyly, LHP: One year, $11MM

Josh Tomlin, RHP: One year, $1.25MMM

Jake Lamb, 3B: One year, $1MM (non-guaranteed MLB deal; Lamb was later released)

Total spend: $92.25MM

Trades And Claims

Acquired RHP Edgar Santana from the Pirates for cash considerations

Acquired INF Orlando Arcia from the Brewers for RHPs Chad Sobotka and Patrick Weigel

Acquired cash considerations from the Angels for INF Jack Mayfield

Claimed OF Guillermo Heredia from the Mets

Claimed OF Phil Ervin from the Cubs

Claimed INF/OF Travis Demeritte from the Tigers

Claimed RHP Victor Arano from the Phillies

Claimed OF Kyle Garlick from the Phillies (later lost on waivers to the Twins)

Claimed INF Jack Mayfield from the Astros (later traded)

Notable Minor League Signings

Pablo Sandoval, Jason Kipnis, Nate Jones, Jeff Mathis, Carl Edwards Jr., Yolmer Sanchez, Jesse Biddle, Chasen Bradford, Ryan Goins, Terrance Gore, Travis Snider, Ehire Adrianza, Abraham Almonte



Notable Losses

Shane Greene, Darren O’Day, Mark Melancon, Adam Duvall, Cole Hamels, Nick Markakis, Tyler Flowers, Adeiny Hechavarria, Tommy Milone

One of the main questions the Braves faced entering the offseason was whether they would re-sign outfielder Marcell Ozuna – who had a monster year in 2020 – or replace him with another big bat via free agency or the trade market. Liberty Media, the publicly traded company that owns the Braves, experienced a significant drop in revenue during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. The Braves could have used that as an excuse (albeit not a very sympathetic one for fans) to avoid going big-game hunting in the winter. Nevertheless, rumors connected the Braves to a slew of noteworthy offensive pieces, including J.T. Realmuto, DJ LeMahieu and Justin Turner on the open market and Nolan Arenado in a potential trade.