The Atlanta Braves will start 2014 with mostly the same starting rotation as this season, but they could make a move to land a big name starting pitcher on the free agent market.
It's pretty much assumed that Paul Maholm and Freddy Garcia are on their way out, and Tim Hudson's future is far from determined as his contract is over.
With the Braves lacking a clear ace among Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Alex Wood and Brandon Beachy, Mark Bowman writes that the Braves have around $15-20 million to spend via free agency or trades. Of course, some of that would be to the likes of Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel and Chris Johnson in arbitration.
Our guess? Don't expect too much of a splash from Atlanta in the offseason. The B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla acquisitions were huge transactions have blown up in the Braves' faces.
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