When the Atlanta Braves arrive at Champion Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., they'll become the least hyped 96-win team in recent memory. For this franchise, production, not off-the-field buzz, is what defines success.
After dominating the National League East, posting the second-best run differential (plus-140) in the NL and winning 56 games at home, the Braves bowed out in the NLDS to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Over the last four years, Atlanta has averaged 92.5 wins per season and made the postseason three times. Despite not advancing past the NLDS in any of those years, the Braves have been one of baseball's most consistent regular-season teams.
This winter, the team was curiously quiet. Due to an inordinate amount of arbitration-eligible stars, a lousy television deal and few open positions on the 25-man roster, the front office did little more than tinker with the roster.
If young players graduate from good to great, the Braves could make the postseason for the fourth time in five years.
If more resources were spent on free agents, the excitement around this collection of talent could rival what you'll likely hear out of Los Angeles, Texas and New York.
Without further ado, the Atlanta Braves' 2014 spring training preview.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. All contract figures courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts. Arbitration numbers and projections courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors. Roster projections courtesy of MLB Depth Charts.