4. Dylan Cease
Despite picking up Morton's option, I believe the Braves remain active in the starting pitching market. Whether it is signing a player like Sonny Gray or Aaron Nola, or looking at the trade market, the need for another postseason arm is obvious. Cease is coming off of a bad season by his standards and could be traded from a roster that needs to start over. The White Sox were the biggest mess of the 2023 season and clearly need to blow it all up and rebuild.
An Atlanta Braves rotation with Max Fried, Spencer Strider, Dylan Cease, Charlie Morton, and Bryce Elder boosts Atlanta's postseason chances. Yes, Cease wasn't the player he was expected to be last season. This will likely drive his trade price down and sets up a likely rebound with a capable team such as Atlanta.
Having a legitimate top three in your rotation leaves the Braves feeling better about their postseason chances, even if they failed to upgrade the left field or shortstop position. It is the type of splashy move that this team needs to get past Philly and take the pressure off of a lineup that has disappeared each of the last two postseasons.