Oct 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) reacts after striking out to end the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

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No. 10 Braves: Still good enough to win the NL East

Yahoo Sports

Yahoo Editor’s note: Yahoo Sports will rank every team in Major League Baseball from 30th to 1st before spring training begins in mid-February. Our series continues with the Atlanta Braves.

2013 record: 96-66
Finish: First, NL East
2013 payroll: $95.3 million (16th of 30)
Estimated 2014 opening day payroll: $102.8 million (15th of 30)
Yahoo Sports offseason rank: 10
Braves in six words: Get the ball to Craig Kimbrel.

Baseball turned up the hot stove, and the only real consequence in Atlanta was Chipper Jones’ woods catching fire.


Scouting Reports, 2014 Projections for Atlanta Braves Pitchers and Catchers

Bleacher Report

Pitchers and catchers report in less than two weeks for the Atlanta Braves, marking the fast-approaching 2014 season.

This offers the first glimpse at how the players look after the offseason, although many of them will say “they are in the best shape of their lives.”

Still, fans and media get a chance to see how the players look and it generally adds to the excitement for the upcoming season.

The Braves didn’t overhaul their roster after winning the National League East in 2013.

Therefore, many of the scouting reports will be familiar to Braves fans, but there are some new faces on this year’s team.

Here’s a look at scouting reports and projections for pitchers and catchers for the Atlanta Braves’ 2014 season.



Braves exercise with students

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Four burning questions for the Braves’ starting rotation

Fox Sports

ALANTA — With the Braves inching closer to the launch of full-scale workouts at Walt Disney World (Kissimmee, Fla.), FOX Sports South continues its speculative process of positional breakdowns and depth-chart analysis.

Friday’s piece covers the starting rotation, featuring a group of sublimely talented arms who supposedly have the legs to sustain throughout the season.

Here are four burning questions involving the starting pitchers:

1. Who should occupy the top spot in the rotation? …



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