NY Mets fans should fear the Atlanta Braves signing Sonny Gray this offseason
The Atlanta Braves looked unbeatable for virtually the entire 2023 regular season but lost once again to the Phillies in the NLDS. Their offense was historically good, but their rotation wound up leaving a lot to be desired by the time the season wrapped up.
Spencer Strider and Max Fried at the top of the rotation is as good as it gets, but the rest of the rotation is full of question marks. Atlanta brought Charlie Morton back, but he's turning 40. They have Bryce Elder who was an all-star in the first half but abysmal in the second half. Rounding out the rotation as of now is probably AJ Smith-Shawver who is their top prospect but far from proven.
With their lineup stacked from top to bottom, Atlanta will focus mostly on their rotation this offseason. They've never been spenders to the point where they'd compete with the Mets for an arm like Yoshinobu Yamamoto, but Sonny Gray is a pitcher certainly on the table.
Gray's 34-year-old age will make his free agency contract shorter than many of the other high-end starters, but he's just as good. He was selected as a Cy Young finalist in the AL for this season and has consistently been a frontline starter throughout his career. The last thing the Mets need is for Atlanta to create a three-headed monster of Strider, Fried, and Gray. Let's hope this does not happen.