Three Atlanta Braves that might join Ron Washington in the……….

3 Atlanta Braves who could follow Ron Washington to the Angels

With Ron Washington headed to the Los Angeles Angels to fill their managerial opening, could some available Atlanta Braves follow him?

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves – Division Series – Game One / Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves/GettyImages

The Atlanta Braves have a pretty huge hole to fill, as Ron Washington has left their third-base line in favor of another managerial opportunity. Washington let it be known he was interested in another chance at skipper, as he was floated in Houston Astros circles before eventually taking the job in Anaheim.

Washington brings with him immense experience and an impressive resume. He led the Texas Rangers to two pennants before establishing an impeccable culture with the Braves. In an interview with David O’Brien of The Athletic (subscription required), Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos discussed what losing Washington means for Atlanta.

“I’m going to look back on this in my career, that I’m honored I got a chance to work with him,” Anthopoulos said, per O’Brien.

“He’s everything you could want. He deserves the opportunity. He’s excited. Obviously, I’m excited for him. It’s a huge loss for us. And I emphasize that in caps, bold, italicized, all of it. A huge, huge void.”

Regretfully for Anthopoulos and the Braves, a number of upcoming free agents (as well as trade targets) would love to play for Washington because he was so well-liked in the clubhouse.

Eddie Rosario could follow Ron Washington to the Angels

The Angels outfield could consider signing Eddie Rosario in order to move players like Mike Trout to designated hitter, which would reduce his risk of injury.

Assuming Los Angeles does lose Shohei Ohtani this offseason, Trout moving out of the outfield and into a position with a far less likelihood of injury makes all the sense in the world.

Since Rosario can play several outfield positions and could at least platoon bat, he could be a viable solution there.

Rosario is very familiar with Washington, and the Braves just declined his $9 million option, making him a free agent. Rosario, among a plethora of others, heroically contributed to the Braves’ 2021 World Series victory. That kind of experience, coupled with Washington’s former Braves veteran ability to assist in implementing his clubhouse culture, may be just what the new Angels captain needs.

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