Atlanta Braves need to keep Adam Duvall in 2022

Sep 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Adam Duvall (14) hits a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Adam Duvall (14) hits a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Atlanta Braves found themselves in a strange place at the end of July. They were below .500 and needed to remake their entire outfield, but were also within striking distance of the Mets for first place. Now, with just over a week left in the regular season, the Braves are on the cusp of returning to the playoffs as the front office showed their faith in the roster, making moves to supplement the core instead of selling.

Adam Duvall has been a key part of that turnaround. The former Braves outfielder was brought back at the trade deadline, with the Marlins receiving former catching prospect Alex Jackson. As Duvall had proven to be a solid power hitter in his previous stint in Atlanta, it was understandable as to why they would bring him back.

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He is showing why the Braves never should have let him go in the first place. Duvall has produced a 116 OPS+ in his 183 plate appearances since being acquired, hitting 15 homers and seven doubles. On the year, he has combined for 37 homers and a National League leading 107 RBI as he has been the run producer that the Braves needed in the lineup.

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It is entirely possible that Duvall will be more than a rental for the Braves. His contract includes a mutual option for 2022, and even if that is declined, he is eligible for arbitration. Considering how he has performed in Atlanta during his previous stints with the team, and the possibility that the designated hitter will make it easier to find a role for him moving forward.

As it is, the Braves have worked towards locking in their 2022 core. Charlie Morton and Travis d’Arnaud have already signed extensions for the 2022 season. While the Braves are obviously focusing on Freddie Freeman, they should look towards bringing Duvall back as well.

There will be plenty of opportunity for Duvall in the outfield. While Ronald Acuna Jr. is entrenched in right, Marcell Ozuna is not a great defensive outfielder in left. Duvall could also move Acuna to center given his skill at the corners, as he has saved ten runs in right and another six runs in left this season.

His production, along with his defensive skill in the outfield, will certainly work in the middle of the Braves lineup. He provides yet another powerful bat, one that can help make a difference going forward. Duvall has certainly made his presence felt in their quest for a playoff berth, and he can do the same next year as well.

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The Atlanta Braves have been working to lock in their roster for 2022. Adam Duvall should be a piece of that puzzle as well.