Reassessing Atlanta Braves' Offseason Plan and What's Next

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Reassessing Atlanta Braves' Offseason Plan and What's Next
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Major League Baseball's offseason, nicknamed the Hot Stove, is dedicated to flair, bravado and excessive free-agent contracts that often exceed $100 million. Technically, the Atlanta Braves participate in this annual ritual, but rarely does a headline exist with their name in it.

Thus far this winter, Atlanta has been in the news for off-the-field stories (Bobby Cox's Hall of Fame induction, new stadium plans) rather than on-field acquisitions. After allowing Tim Hudson and Brian McCann to walk away in free agency, the team signed Gavin Floyd to provide rotation depth and traded for Ryan Doumit to fill a unique bench role of pinch hitter, backup catcher and occasional corner outfielder. 

If you expected more, this franchise isn't for you.

With a slew of young, ascending talent, the Braves don't need to make a splash to compete for a postseason berth in 2014. Instead, incremental improvements and small moves can keep the Braves near the top of the NL East for years.

Yet, there's still some business to tend to in Atlanta before the 2014 season begins.

Here's what should be next for the Atlanta Braves.

Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference, unless otherwise noted. Signings are via MLB Depth Charts. Contract information is from Cot's Baseball Contracts.

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