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Atlanta Braves Likely to Have Quiet Offseason

November 1st, 2013 at 8:01 AM
By Cody Fields

Have landing B.J. Upton, Justin Upton and Chris Johnson in some huge moves, don't expect the Atlanta Braves to make any earth shattering moves this offseason.

Yes, the Braves will look to land an ace for their starting rotation while also trying to find a taker for Dan Uggla. They also say they have about $10 million in payroll flexibility, but that will likely be taken up in arbitration by Johnson, Jason Heyward, Kris Medlen, Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrel.

"We could go to Spring Training today and we'd have a good, solid team that would be very competitive in the National League East," Frank Wren said on braves.com. "Do we want to improve it? Yes. We're an organization that is always willing to give an opportunity to our young guys."

The Braves also have to decide what to do regarding free agents Brian McCann and Tim Hudson. They're expected to make McCann a $14.1 million qualifying offer, but he'll probably turn that down in favor of a larger contract from an American League team. Hudson also isn't expected back in Atlanta in 2014.

At the very least, the Braves will have an interesting offseason, even if it's quieter than usual (particularly with Uggla. They'd do well to jettison him ASAP).

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