Are the Braves making a mistake with Ronald Acuña Jr.?

Ronald Acuña Jr. is set to play for Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League during the offseason.

Acuña is expected to win the National League MVP award after an outstanding season, making history with 40 or more home runs and 70 or more stolen bases.

This year, Acuña plans to play winter ball for Tiburones "without restrictions," indicating a more involved participation compared to the previous season.

The Braves, Acuña's MLB team, have given him the green light to play in Venezuela in a way that maximizes their chances of winning.

Acuña had a brief stint with Tiburones last year, playing only 10 games as he recovered from knee surgery but performed remarkably well.

The Braves, however, must consider the risk of injury every time Acuña takes the field, given the importance of his role in the team.

The example of Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros serves as a reminder of the potential dangers, as Altuve suffered a thumb injury during the World Baseball Classic.

Acuña's previous ACL injury in the middle of the 2021 season forced the Braves to rebuild their outfield, and they ultimately won the World Series without him playing.

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