For those still having difficulty getting past this decision emotionally, make this your starting point: The Braves likely are not going to contend for a postseason berth in 2018. It’s a stretch to believe they will finish even .500, given questions about the starting rotation and the bullpen.
If the Braves were projected as playoff contenders, the outrage over relatively blowing off the first two weeks would be understandable. But, hypothetically, if Acuna is the difference between the Braves winning 73 games or 77 games, it’s not worth it. Between 73 games and 81 games? Still not worth it.
The Braves open the season March 29. Acuna is gone for now but he could be back up in the majors as soon as April 13, which coincides with the start of a road series against the Chicago Cubs. He would miss as few as 12 games and play as many as 150.
I can’t say at this time how that would impact his National League MVP odds of 250-1, which were put out by Bovada. But those odds were for amusement, anyway. I hope.
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