The Braves Player Pool was announced on Sunday and was covered at Braves Journal yesterday. Today’s piece, “Braves Player Pool: Options”, will look at the entire pool and options for each player. Considering the strict circumstances for removing a player from the Player Pool and the limitations that a 40-man roster can bring in such a bizarre season, flexibility is going to be key when discussing players to add to the 30-man roster which becomes 28 after the first 2 weeks, then 26 in 4 weeks.

Braves Player Pool Options: Players on MILB Deals with 0 Options

  1. Charlie Culberson
  2. Rafael Ortega
  3. Peter O’Brien
  4. Felix Hernandez
  5. Josh Tomlin
  6. Tyler Matzek
  7. Yonder Alonso
  8. Pete Kozma
  9. Yangervis Solarte

Braves Player Pool Options: MLB Players with 0 Options

  1. Luke Jackson
  2. Adam Duvall
  3. Adeiny Hechavarria
  4. Will Smith
  5. Cole Hamels
  6. Shane Greene
  7. Mark Melancon
  8. Darren O’Day
  9. Travis d’Arnaud
  10. Tyler Flowers
  11. Marcell Ozuna
  12. Ender Inciarte
  13. Nick Markakis
  14. Freddie Freeman
  15. Mike Foltynewicz

Braves Player Pool with 1 Option

  1. Grant Dayton
  2. Max Fried
  3. Chris Martin

Braves Player Pool with 2 Options

  1. Jeremy Walker (Moved to 45-Day IL)
  2. Jacob Webb
  3. Patrick Weigel
  4. Bryse Wilson
  5. Kyle Wright
  6. A.J. Minter
  7. Chad Sobotka
  8. Sean Newcomb
  9. Johan Camargo
  10. Mike Soroka
  11. Touki Toussaint
  12. Huascar Ynoa
  13. Alex Jackson

Braves Player Pool with 3 Options

  1. Ronald Acuña, Jr.
  2. Ozzie Albies
  3. William Contreras
  4. Austin Riley
  5. Dansby Swanson
  6. Cristian Pache
  7. Jasseel De La Cruz
  8. Tucker Davidson

Braves Player Pool: Options Not Initiated

  1. Jared Shuster
  2. Jonathan Morales
  3. Logan Brown
  4. Phil Pfeifer
  5. Ian Anderson
  6. Kyle Muller
  7. Shea Langeliers
  8. Drew Waters
  9. Braden Shewmake


After placing Jeremy Walker on the 45-Day IL, the Braves have 39 players on the 40-man roster. Of those 39 men, 14 have no options.

These 14 players are locks for the roster.

There are also players who are MLB locks, especially for a shortened season, who have options but likely won’t use them. Those players are Fried, Martin, Newcomb, Camargo, Soroka, Acuña, Albies, Riley, and Swanson.

That makes 23 players locked into the roster.

When looking at potential early swaps and/or DFA candidates to create room for players on minor league deals (see Felix Hernandez, Charlie Culberson, Josh Tomlin), it’s important to look at players on the 40-man that are:

  • Lacking Options
  • Org surplus

Players that match those criteria are Grant Dayton, Chad Sobotka, Alex Jackson, Huascar Ynoa, Jacob Webb, Jeremy Walker, Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson, and Patrick Weigel. If any players from the pool get traded that are on the 40-man roster, I’d expect it to come from this list but I’ll also add one more player that could be shopped if the Braves go after a big target: Drew Waters.

Thanks for reading. If you’re interested in pieces like this, check out our entire Offseason Analysis here.