Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) throws to first base during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers of game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

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Atlanta Braves Player Profile: Andrelton Simmons

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As the Atlanta Braves get ready to begin Spring Training within the next 30 days, they realize they’re a team that could possibly go under the radar for most of this season. The reason for that is they don’t have any true “superstar” players. They have Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton, but they don’t have a player that stands out as a true MVP candidate. However, they have a solid core that has the ability to make a deep postseason run. Over the next nine weeks I will look at each projected starting player and give a profile on what you can expect out of each of them.

The first player that I’m looking at is one of my favorite players in the league: Andrelton Simmons. It’s hard to define a player like Simmons because he takes on different roles for each game that he plays. In 2013, he proved that he can be a durable, everyday option for the Braves at shortstop.



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  • There is now only a “slim chance” that southpaw reliever Eric O’Flaherty will return to the Bravesreports Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The issue, Bowman indicates, is that Atlanta is not as interested in working O’Flaherty into their plans as other clubs. Specifically, Bowman names the Orioles as a contender for the lefty.



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