The Braves are more flawed than bad. They have a 100+ run differential and are likely going to win their fourth straight division title. We're hoping to have our first winning season in that time. And while a few months ago it seemed like the NL East team was going to be worse than the second wild card, that's no longer the case, and I don't know that the Brewers are really that much better (if you go by RD).
Kingery's issue probably isn't COVID anymore, but he had shoulder surgery (after struggling with back and shoulder trouble post-COVID as well) and isn't even a sure thing to be ready for spring training (though a labor dispute might help). You can maybe pencil him in as a pure bench player but not the 400-AB super sub, let alone a starter, you'd like. And if he still needs to rebuild his swing and find his game he probably needs the time in AAA he never got this year anyway. Hard to see any scenario where he forces his way back onto the 40 before June.
The constant FA churn is not sustainable but the core of this club is not built for long-term sustainability. If you want to win anything with Girardi, Wheeler, JT, Nola and in Harper's Prime, gotta keep spending. Otherwise, give it up. They don't necessarily have to go over the CBT right away, enough money is going to shake loose this off-season, plus a good GM should be able to find more cost-efficent free agent talent. They really blew it this year though. Should have spent more in the off-season (I don't think $ is what kept them from doing more at the deadline, as the sellers picked up most salaries. It was lack of talent to send back.)