While general manager Frank Wren brought in more than two players last winter, Atlanta's offseason will be judged entirely by how the Upton brothers fare over the course of their contracts.
Aside from his last 1.1 innings, reliever Jordan Walden has been very solid in the bullpen, racking up 16 strikeouts against only four walks in 13 innings.
The other Jordan, this one of the Schafer surname, has played valiantly in the reserve role. In 56 at-bats, Schafer is getting on base at a .403 clip, collecting a healthy 11 walks and stealing six bags.
Chris Johnson, considered a throw-in in the Justin Upton trade, has more or less won the everyday third base job and is hitting .324 along the way.
Justin Upton could find himself starting on the National League All-Star team, as he has racked up 13 home runs and a 1.040 OPS in the first quarter of the season. More than half of his hits have gone for extra bases.
His brother, B.J., has been a disappointment thus far, but the Braves knew they were getting a streaky hitter when they paid him last winter. Sooner or later, the elder Upton should get going and remind Braves fans what they have to look forward to.
Sometimes the best acquisitions are the ones you don't make, and while Atlanta was able to land Justin Upton, the more impressive feat was that the team was able to do so without forfeiting shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Simmons has been up and down offensively so far, but he is consistently lauded as the best shortstop in baseball, one who ESPN blogger Dave Schoenfield predicts will be a huge star (article found here).