Atlanta Braves 2012: 5 Moves That Must Be Considered to Contend in Tough NL East

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Atlanta Braves 2012: 5 Moves That Must Be Considered to Contend in Tough NL East
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Questions of health and performance cloud Atlanta's future. Can the Braves overcome?

It's Chipper's final go-around.  

After two decades of a first-ballot Hall of Fame career, Chipper has but one last shot at a second World Series ring.  Before the season began, things looked promising for Atlanta going deep into October.  Jason Heyward was finally healthy, the starting rotation looked strong and statistics suggested that Dan Uggla wasn't going to have a historically awful first half of the season again.

Since then, a myriad of season-shaping events have occurred.  Heyward has recently found the magic of his rookie season, Michael Bourn and Martin Prado have been stellar and Andrelton Simmons has given Atlanta reason for hope at the shortstop position.  But Brian McCann has been slumping, Mike Minor has been terrible, Freddie Freeman has taken a step back and, most importantly, Brandon Beachy's season ended early with a torn UCL.  

My guess is that McCann and Freeman eventually break out of their funks, but moves must be considered (if not made) for Atlanta to give Chipper a fighting chance at a World Series sendoff.

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