Atlanta Braves: The best is yet to come
Selling the idea of the Braves competing for a title this year may be too expensive for anybody’s tastes, but they also don’t profile as a team that slates to be down and out for too long. Their rapid fire sale seems to have come to a close, as the team has been dogged in staying the course of not trading off first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is the last standing part of the team that took the field two years ago during Atlanta’s last winning campaign.
However, general manager John Coppolella has not set them up to be long-term suffers either. Freeman is joined in the core of the team by a number of players that profile to grow together in raising the team back up the NL East standings. Julio Teheran recaptured the form that made him such an exciting young arm just a few years ago as well. Jace Peterson and Ender Inciarte profile to be a part of a much improved immediate young core, while veterans such as Erick Aybar, Nick Markakis, Bud Norris, Jhoulys Chacin and Jim Johnson will provide both veteran bridge players, as well as easy to move trade chips for competitors throughout the year, which could net even more young talent to compile.
With Dansby Swanson, Mallex Smith and Ozzie Albies all on the verge of breaking through into the everyday lineup, the Braves’ future is in much better shape than it appears immediately.
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