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This isn’t the Ted Turner era anymore.
The Braves are struggling to sign players to contracts that they deserve. Scratch that, they aren’t struggling; they're just signing the wrong big contracts.
The Braves couldn’t afford to keep Brian McCann, who would have accepted much less than he deserved.
They have given Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrel contracts beneath what both of them asked and were projected to earn.
Jason Heyward asked for $5.5 million. The Braves can’t afford to raise their offer by $0.3 million.
The places where the Braves have decided to splurge haven’t paid off.
Let’s look at B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla, for instance. Two pricey contracts, two underachieving players.
B.J. Upton hasn’t hit over a .246 average since 2008. That’s a risky move to bring him to Atlanta and pay him $72.5 million over five years.
The risk hasn’t yet led to a reward.
As for Uggla, the Braves have tried trading him anywhere and paying the majority of his contract just to loosen up some money.
Nobody will take him.
There is going to be a new stadium built for the Braves in Cobb County, and the Braves are paying for roughly half of it. Where is that money coming from and why can’t it be spent on the sport itself, as opposed to a new place to play?
These issues will only get worse when it becomes pay day for the stadium and salaries are continuously getting higher and higher.
Thankfully, that leads us to our next point.