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Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent "technician" that offers "quick" solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won't cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.

Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Atlanta for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:

  • Medeco
  • Arrow
  • Schlage
  • Keymark
  • Kwikset
  • Mul-T-Lock,
  • Sargent
  • Baldwin
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As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you're looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.

Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe:

  • Our residential and commercial locksmiths in Atlanta are bonded, licensed, insured, and ready to work hard.
  • Every professional locksmith is vetted via interviews and background checks.
  • We offer a wide range of locksmith services, from simple fixes to multi-step security system installations.
  • We carry a huge stock of premium, name-brand security hardware.
  • Our prices are affordable, and our quotes are 100% free of charge.
  • We aim to go the extra mile for ALL of our customers. It's just the way we do business!
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Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn't defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.

That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Atlanta is so important - to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home's locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.

We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:

Re-Keying Services

Re-Keying Services

Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.

New Lock Installation

New Lock Installation

Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it's time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we're done, we'll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.

High-Security Lock Installation

High-Security Lock Installation

If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you're interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.

Access Control System Installation

Access Control System Installation

If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.

Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses' assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Atlanta install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.

Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it's too late - your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it's always better to be proactive about your businesses' security rather than reactive.

At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.

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Here are just a few of the commercial services we offer, all set up and installed by a certified, highly-trained commercial locksmith in Atlanta:

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Commercial Door Locks

Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.

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Commercial Door Lock Repair

If your businesses' locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it's always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.

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Alarm Systems

Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.

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Security Cameras

A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses' roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.

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Access Control Systems

Having the ability to control every one of your businesses' locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.

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Commercial Door Installation

Entryways can be especially vulnerable, but Arrowhead Lock and Safe know how to select and install the best doors for your business. When you add remote control access features, business owners can open other structures like motorized fences, large parking gates, and even barriers.

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ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock's grade:

  • Strength Cycles - How many uses a lock can withstand before a replacement lock is needed)
  • Operational - This refers to a door's ability to latch when it is closed
  • Security - The effectiveness of the lock's security
  • Material - What kind of material is the lock made of?
  • Finish - Satin, nickel-plated, bronze, etc.

Grade 1 Locks

These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today's day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.

Grade 2 Locks

These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.

Grade 3 Locks

This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.

Protect Your Home or Business Today

A famous animator and movie director once said: "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." This quote rings especially true when it comes to protecting your home or business with the best security solutions in Georgia. If you're worried about the safety of your family or the wealth that you have worked so hard to create, contact our office today at 404-351-4331 for a free consultation. When you trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe, you can rest easy knowing your most precious belongings are safe and secure.

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Two Midtown Restaurants Close to Make Way for a Brand New Neighborhood Spot

After closing his restaurants 10th and Piedmont and G’s Midtown in early January to make “improvements” to the kitchens and dining rooms, owner Gilbert Yeremian is set to replace both in the coming weeks with a new restaurant serving Mexican fare.Located at the corner of 10th Street and P...

After closing his restaurants 10th and Piedmont and G’s Midtown in early January to make “improvements” to the kitchens and dining rooms, owner Gilbert Yeremian is set to replace both in the coming weeks with a new restaurant serving Mexican fare.

Located at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, just beyond Midtown’s famed rainbow crosswalk, Casa Almenara: Tulum Cuisine and Craft Bar takes over the spaces formerly home to 10th and Piedmont and G’s Midtown. Yeremian, who says it’s time to “introduce a new chapter of our restaurant history” into the two spaces, describes Casa Almenara as a “neighborhood destination” for Latin American dishes, centering on foods found in Tulum and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Almenara means “beacon” in Spanish.

Like the food, the design for Casa Almenara will lean into the lush coastal vibes of Tulum, with breezy neutral tones, reclaimed wood, and green plants throughout the dining room and bar. Look for brunch served in the morning and early afternoon, followed by dinner and cocktails in the evening. Yeremian also plans to host a live entertainment series called Tulum Nights during dinner at Casa Alemenara.

Casa Almenara joins longtime Mexican restaurant staple, Zocalo, which opened in the heart of the 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue dining district in 1995 and is a popular spot for strong margaritas on the patio.

Yeremian’s brother Sean is the owner of multiple Atlanta locations of Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern and Cattle Shed Wine and Steak Bar at Halcyon in Alpharetta.

Earlier this week, Eater reported on another longtime Midtown restaurant closing. The Lawrence closes Monday, January 30, after nearly 11 years on Juniper Street, co-owner Darren Carr confirmed. However, Carr and his business partner Eric Simpkins plan to replace it with a new restaurant later this year.

“Neighborhoods change. The restaurant just needs a new breath of life,” Carr says. “Midtown is such a different neighborhood now from what it was when the Lawrence opened over a decade ago.”

While he and Simpkins have yet to come to a decision on a specific concept for their new Juniper Street restaurant, Carr says it will center on the neighborhood and local residents with creative food and cocktails. The pair will also open cocktail bar the Waiting Room above their other Midtown restaurant Bon Ton around the end of January.

Brunch: Wednesday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday, 4 p.m. until closing.

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Braves, Kevin Pillar Agree To Minor League Deal

The Braves and outfielder Kevin Pillar are in agreement on a minor league deal, reports MLBTR’s Steve Adams. Pillar will make a $3MM salary if he cracks the club’s roster. He’s a client of All Bases Covered Sports Managem...

The Braves and outfielder Kevin Pillar are in agreement on a minor league deal, reports MLBTR’s Steve Adams. Pillar will make a $3MM salary if he cracks the club’s roster. He’s a client of All Bases Covered Sports Management.

Pillar, 34, was selected by the Blue Jays in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft. He worked his way up to the majors by 2013 and took over an everyday job in 2015, which he held with the Jays through 2018. Over those four seasons, Pillar got into 601 games and hit .263/.301/.401. That production was 12% below league average by measure of wRC+, but Pillar was able to provide value with his speed and defense. He stole 68 bases in that period while producing 57 Defensive Runs Saved and got a 29.4 grade from Ultimate Zone Rating.

The Jays went into a rebuild in the latter parts of that timeframe and they flipped Pillar to the Giants in April of 2019. That began the journeyman phase of Pillar’s career, as he’s suited up for the Giants, Red Sox, Rockies, Mets and Dodgers over the past few campaigns. He’s continued to hit at a similar rate but his work in the field has naturally slipped as he’s gotten deeper into his 30s.

The most significant variant for Pillar this year will likely be his health. He signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers last year and posted a huge .315/.412/.622 batting line in 36 Triple-A games. That production led to a 150 wRC+, indicating he was 50% above league average. He got selected to the big league team in May but was placed on the injured list after appearing in just four games due to a left shoulder fracture. That injury required surgery which was initially reported as “season-ending,” though Pillar did attempt a late-season comeback by starting a rehab assignment in September. There wasn’t quite enough runway for Pillar to return, however, and his season was limited to just those four contests.

For the Braves, two of their outfield jobs are spoken for by Ronald Acuña Jr. and Michael Harris II. The left field position is less settled, with various in-house options. Eddie Rosario. Marcell Ozuna, Sam Hilliard, Eli White and Jordan Luplow will likely be battling each other for either full- or part-time work with the big league club. If Pillar is healthy and looks good in spring or as the season gets going, he could work his way into the mix if an opportunity presents itself.

Pillar’s $3MM salary is larger than most players on minor league deals normally secure, which is somewhat noteworthy for a club that’s slated to go into luxury tax territory for the first time. Roster Resource currently pegs their competitive balance tax figure at $241MM, beyond the $233MM base threshold. Assuming they don’t find a way to shed some salary and dip back beneath the line, they’re lined up to pay a 20% tax on all spending that goes over the boundary, which would include Pillar’s salary if he makes the team.

Report: Falcons interview Vic Fangio for defensive coordinator position

Fangio spent the 2022 season as a defensive consultant for the Eagles after three seasons as the Broncos head coach. The Falcons reportedly interviewed long-time defensive coordinator and former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on Wednesday for the open defensive coordinator position in Atlanta, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.Fangio spent the 2022 season as a defensive consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles.The ...

Fangio spent the 2022 season as a defensive consultant for the Eagles after three seasons as the Broncos head coach.

The Falcons reportedly interviewed long-time defensive coordinator and former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on Wednesday for the open defensive coordinator position in Atlanta, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Fangio spent the 2022 season as a defensive consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The #Falcons are interviewing long-time respected defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for their vacant DC job today, sources say. The former #Broncos head coach served as defensive consultant with the #Eagles this season. Would be one of the top candidates in any DC search.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 18, 2023

Fangio's coaching roots run deep as a coaching veteran with over 40 years of experience. He's spent 33 seasons in the NFL. Prior to taking the Broncos head coaching job in 2019 (a position he held until 2021), Fangio was a defensive coordinator in 20 of the previous 24 seasons at the NFL or college level.

Stops along his coaching journey include calling plays for the Bears, 49ers, Texans, Colts, Panthers, Saints and Stanford University.

Fangio has connections with former Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees. Prior to Pees joining the Baltimore staff in 2010, Fangio spent three years as the special assistant to the head coach/defensive assistant under John Harbaugh when he was hired as the head coach in 2008. Fangio was later promoted to linebackers coach in 2009. Pees took over the job in 2010 when Fangio left Baltimore to join John's brother, Jim Harbaugh, at Stanford. Fangio was the defensive coordinator at Stanford for a year, but left a year later to be the defensive coordinator for the 49ers when Jim Harbaugh took the head coaching job there.

One of the most impressive stints of Fangio's career came when he was with the Chicago Bears. (Another connection to the Falcons: former Bears general manager Ryan Pace is now a senior personnel executive in Atlanta).

Fangio inherited a 30th-ranked defensive unit when he took the defensive coordinator job in 2015. By 2018, Chicago's defense lead the league in forced turnovers and interceptions. The Bears also had the third-ranked defense in total defense, the second-ranked defense in yards per play allowed and were the best in the league in scoring defense.

Fangio was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the PFWA and Associated Press. He was hired as the Broncos head coach in January of 2019, where he remained for three seasons.

Red Sox signing Adam Duvall means Yankees were never ‘in’

Last week, buzz circulated suggesting the New York Yankees could be a landing spot for former Atlanta Braves slugger Adam Duvall given the team’s vacancy in left field. But on Wednesday morning, the Boston Red Sox swooped in and signed the 34-year-old.According to reports, ...

Last week, buzz circulated suggesting the New York Yankees could be a landing spot for former Atlanta Braves slugger Adam Duvall given the team’s vacancy in left field. But on Wednesday morning, the Boston Red Sox swooped in and signed the 34-year-old.

According to reports, Duvall is joining the Red Sox on a one-year, $7 million contract that could reach $10 million based on performance bonuses. Knowing the price it took to land him, we can now deduce one of two things: the Yankees were never really “in” on Duvall or they couldn’t find a similar salary to trade (or one they felt comfortable parting with) in order to remain under the final luxury tax threshold of $293 million.

And if they were comfortable letting Duvall head to Boston then it’s clear they weren’t willing to make the necessary concessions to work it out. Because why would Duvall prefer the Sox over the Yankees?

New York’s main void is in left field, where Duvall has played 556 of his 770 career games — the match was the most sensible when comparing it to the Red Sox depth chart, since they already have an outfield of Alex Verdugo, Masataka Yoshida and Kiké Hernandez. And even if Hernandez is shifting to the infield following Trevor Story’s injury, they still have Rob Refsnyder and Jarren Duran. There was no doubt he would’ve been guaranteed the most playing time with the Yankees.

Additionally, after learning the price, this would’ve put general manger Brian Cashman in a position to move quickly on the trade front to free up more money, which presented a challenge because the trade market has yet to materialize.

Free Agent Outfielder Adam Duvall is in agreement with the Boston Red Sox. The deal is 1 year $7 million Dollars. Performance bonuses could get the deal up to $10 million dollars per source.

— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) January 18, 2023

The Yankees were never really in on free agent Adam Duvall it would seem

While Duvall seemed like a logical under-the-radar match, Cashman isn’t sinking more millions into the outfield when he’s unable to get rid of Aaron Hicks. Additionally, cheaper options in Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial (whether you like them or not) still exist, which provides the Yankees with flexibility.

Signing Duvall to a contract similar to what the Red Sox gave him would’ve almost limited the Yankees with their options because how could they have stomached paying Hicks and Duvall a combined ~$20 million only to not play them both as often as possible?

Duvall, who has either been streaky or injured for most of his career, could’ve easily been out-performed by any of Hicks, Cabrera or Florial come spring training, thus creating another unneeded dilemma for the Yanks.

The #RedSox add a veteran piece! @jonmorosi stops by #MLBNHotStove to detail Boston's reported 1-year agreement with 2021 Gold Glove winner Adam Duvall.

As for cutting costs, who would the team have felt comfortable with swapping out for Duvall (besides Hicks or Josh Donaldson, both of whom don’t have a trade market at the moment)? Gleyber Torres? No. DJ LeMahieu? Nobody’s taking that contract right now. Sadly those are the only two options to create the necessary space under the luxury tax threshold.

Perhaps the injury to Frankie Montas also factored in here because now there’s a need for another pitcher, making the outfield vacancy all the more futile given the resources that the Yankees have at the moment. Montas missing the first month of the season slots Domingo Germán or Clarke Schmidt into the rotation, which means one more injury puts both of them in there. And that’s not a winning formula.

Even before that though, Duvall always felt like a stretch. Now that we’ve learned the price (with the desperate Red Sox likely over-bidding), it’s all but confirmed that was the case.

No matter what shenanigans they have planned for the trade deadline, the New York Yankees need a left fielder to open the 2023 season. Anyone not named Aaron Hicks will spark joy, and while Oswaldo Cabrera is a versatile spark, he’s probably best served filling gaps around the infield instead of being bogged down 200 feet away … Continue reading

Who's going to play shortstop for the Atlanta Braves?

have played 948 baseball games; 911 in the regular season, 37 in the postseason. Swanson was the starting shortstop for nearly 90% of those games.Swanson’s impressive, 842-start run included an All-Star appearance, a Gold Glove, five division titles and, of course, a 2021 World Series championship. The eight non-Dansbies who stumbled into a start over that span — Johan Camargo, Charlie Culberson, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jace Peterson...

have played 948 baseball games; 911 in the regular season, 37 in the postseason. Swanson was the starting shortstop for nearly 90% of those games.

Swanson’s impressive, 842-start run included an All-Star appearance, a Gold Glove, five division titles and, of course, a 2021 World Series championship. The eight non-Dansbies who stumbled into a start over that span — Johan Camargo, Charlie Culberson, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jace Peterson, Chase d’Arnaud, Tim Beckham, Orlando Arcia and Ehire Adrianza — are a who’s who of replacement-level heroes and "remembered guys."

Only one ballplayer, former Boston/current San Diego shortstop Xander Bogaerts, compiled more starts (850) at a single position for a single team since Swanson’s debut. For six years, Swanson was the epitome of dependability. If you tune into a Braves game, the hometown glovesmith was almost certainly the guy playing shortstop.

But time passes and empires fade. Baseball remains a business. And so, Swanson’s Brave days are behind him. Now, he’s a Cub. And for the first time since before the Cubs won the World Series, the Braves face an alien conundrum. They must fill an unfamiliar and impactful void.

Nowhere on Atlanta’s roster is there an obvious, no-doubt shortstop immediately capable of filling Swanson’s enormous shoes. There is no Jeremy Peña to Swanson’s Carlos Correa. And though there were a smattering of eligible shortstop bachelors available in free agency this winter, the Braves kept their pocketbook sealed shut as Swanson, Correa, Bogaerts and Trea Turner signed elsewhere.

Some assortment of able-bodied men aged 20-40 will play 162 games worth of shortstop for the Braves this upcoming season. That is a fact. Somebody has to do it. That somebody won’t be me or you or Swanson or Correa or Rafael Furcal.

So then, who?

Here are the options, internal and external, ranked with consideration and insight, from most to least likely.

When 2022 started, Grissom was a promising prospect who hadn’t yet played above A-Ball and wasn’t old enough to buy himself a beer. By October, he was starting playoff games at second base.

It was quite a remarkable ascension, even by Braves prospect standards. After joining the big-league club in early August, Grissom posted a 121 OPS+ (21% better than league average) in 156 trips to the dish.

While the 6-foot-3 rookie impressed offensively as infield stalwart Ozzie Albies was on the IL, his glove at second base underwhelmed. Grissom was worth minus-four outs above average — in a small sample size, which can be interpreted two ways. Considering the difficulty for many in transitioning from second to the six, there’s reason to doubt his viability as a big-league shortstop.

It's still worth noting that Grissom spent the majority of his minor-league tenure at shortstop. Some professional evaluators believe he took a step forward defensively at short in 2022 and has a chance to be an average big-league defender there.

The Braves, moreover, are not a stupid baseball team; they let Swanson walk for a reason. The organization, and more specifically infield wizard Ron Washington, must believe that Grissom has the skills and work ethic necessary to develop into a competent defensive presence. Time will tell, but expect him to be the Opening Day shortstop.

The 28-year-old utility man saw time at second, third, short and left field last season while providing league-average value at the plate. He also pitched a scoreless inning, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Once upon a time, Arcia was a highly touted shortstop prospect with Milwaukee. Prior to breaking into the bigs in 2016, Baseball America ranked him eighth, one spot ahead of Turner and 10 spots ahead of Rafael Devers. MLB Pipeline had Arcia sixth, two spots ahead of Swanson.

Arcia’s hit tool never quite developed and he struggled to produce in six seasons with the Brewers. Once they sent him to Atlanta in April of 2021, he transitioned into a flawed but useful utility player. Arcia became the "break-glass-in-case-of-emergency" shortstop, only Swanson never broke.

But with Swanson gone and Grissom’s defensive chops unproven, Arcia could see significant time at his old position. He’s only two seasons removed from starting 86% of Milwaukee’s games at shortstop as a 74th percentile defender, per Baseball Savant. Couple that with Arcia’s offensive improvements in 2022 — his swing rate dropped by 8%, the second-largest year-to-year drop in baseball — and there’s a very real chance Arcia finishes the season with the most games at shortstop of any Brave.

Ehire Adrianza

Adrianza is essentially Arcia, except he’s a much worse hitter, was never a top prospect and isn’t as good defensively. He’ll start the year as Triple-A depth, but if one or two infielders get hurt, he could feature as a passable, temporary stopgap.

Drafted 21st overall back in 2019, the former Texas A&M standout is the epitome of replacement level. The lanky 25-year-old performed adequately on both sides of the ball (.715 OPS) with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2022, but scouts unanimously agree that Shewmake won’t be an impact player at the big-league level.

He’ll get a call-up at some point in 2023, but barring a large jump in performance, Shewmake doesn’t look like a cornerstone player for Atlanta.

José Iglesias/Elvis Andrus

As our world gets ever more complex and intimidating, Iglesias is a comforting friend we can all lean back on. The 33-year-old free agent is dependable for three things: (1) hitting for a high average, (2) playing sufficient defense that looks cool, and (3) not hitting for any power. He did all three last year in 118 games for Colorado and remains the best defensive shortstop available in free agency.

Andrus, who played two-and-a-half seasons as a Braves minor-leaguer more than 15 years ago before getting dealt to Texas as part of the Mark Texiera blockbuster, had an unexpected offensive renaissance during the final six weeks of this past season. After Oakland released him in August, Andrus joined the White Sox and inexplicably slashed .271/.309/.464 (116 OPS+) in 191 plate appearances. How real was that stretch? It's probably not sustainable, but the 34-year-old Andrus looks to have enough left in the tank to be a starting shortstop.

Will Atlanta pounce on either of these guys? That's doubtful, unless someone gets hurt.

Ozzie Albies

As a prospect coming up through Atlanta’s minor-league system, Albies played 319 more innings at shortstop than he did second base. Because of Swanson, Albies has never played a single inning at shortstop in his six-year MLB career; in fact, his last game there was in Triple-A in July of 2017.

Since then, Albies has (1) gotten much slower, and (2) dealt with a number of lower-body injuries, both of which make it unlikely he slides over to his original position. But Ozzie is still (somehow) only 26 years old and probably has enough athleticism to make the transition back. Lord knows his BFF Ron Washington would love the challenge.

Jake Mintz, the louder half of @CespedesBBQ is a baseball writer for FOX Sports. He’s an Orioles fan living in New York City, and thus, he leads a lonely existence most Octobers. If he’s not watching baseball, he’s almost certainly riding his bike. Follow him on Twitter at @Jake_Mintz.

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