A 96-win season for the Braves ended in a disappointing early exit in the NLDS at the hands of the Dodgers. But they are an extremely young team on the rise and their window of contention isn't expected to close anytime soon. The 2013 season should be seen as a stepping stone with greater things to come.
Losing catcher Brian McCann and Tim Hudson—both eligible for free agency—could hurt. But most teams aren't equipped with the depth that the Braves displayed in 2013, while those players and several others were out with injuries. They also weren't slowed much by terrible seasons from B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla, who will make a combined $25.45 million this season.
The Braves could opt to stand pat this winter and still come back as one of the top contenders in the National League. But to ensure a potential drop-off, general manager Frank Wren will likely try to add depth to the roster so they are in a good position to withstand the inevitable injuries and performance declines that happen to almost every ball club around the league.
Here's everything you'll need to know before Wren and the front office get started.