How the Atlanta Braves Can Fix Each Major Weakness Before the 2014 Season

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How the Atlanta Braves Can Fix Each Major Weakness Before the 2014 Season
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A couple days removed from a heartbreaking loss in Game 4 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, one thing became painfully clear—2013 was not meant to be the Braves' year. 

Yeah, 96 wins is great and all, but consider the following:

The face of the franchise for the past two decades retired the previous season.

In July, Atlanta's No. 1 starter was sidelined for the rest of the year.

The jaw of the Braves' brightest young star was broken in August.

One of the key cogs in the Braves rotation underwent a second elbow surgery two weeks removed from a return from Tommy John surgery.

Two players worth a collective $25.45 MM were deemed liabilities by manager Fredi Gonzalez and were either benched or left off the NLDS roster entirely.

When all of this is taken into account, 96 wins looks mighty impressive. Going into the offseason though, there are four major items to address on the Braves' agenda. 

Here's what Frank Wren and Co. will be looking to fix this offseason.

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