With Opening Day just over two weeks away, teams are already seeing their rosters take shape. Sure there are some competitions for spots final spots, but for the most part, teams have a good idea of what they are going to be doing.
The Braves are a team without openings at this time. Four starters are set with Tim Hudson, Mike Minor, Paul Maholm and Kris Medlen. Julio Teheran has a clear lead over Sean Gilmartin for the final spot. The bullpen will have Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, Eric O'Flaherty, Jordan Walden, Luis Avilan and Cristhian Martinez taking up all but one spot. That means there are only two pitching jobs open, and one of those is fairly set.
The lineup is set to have Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla, Andrelton Simmons, Chris Johnson/Juan Francisco, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, BJ Upton and Gerald Laird until Brian McCann returns. The bench will have the loser of the third base job, Reed Johnson and Ramiro Pena (at least until Paul Janish is healthy). That means we are looking at two openings for hitters with one of those being the backup catcher job.
I am projecting Cory Gearrin, Evan Gattis and Jordan Schafer win the final three jobs and this article will preview the five toughest cuts or demotions that the Braves will need to make.