Breaking Down Atlanta Braves' Key Position Battles

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Breaking Down Atlanta Braves' Key Position Battles
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

Last October, the Braves were ushered out of the National League Division Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Due to the nature of the LDS format, three losses in the postseason overshadowed a 96-win season in Atlanta.

Now, off the heels of a franchise-changing offseason, the Braves head into 2014 with their long-term future secured. Along with a slew of lucrative deals awarded to young, ascending players, Atlanta will begin to look ahead to a new stadium opening in 2017.

For now, the day-to-day news cycle of spring has overtaken the headline-grabbing days of winter.

Unlike many teams scattered throughout Florida and Arizona, the Braves don't sport a roster with many open positions. After committing the time, effort and money in the development of young players like Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel, the fruits of Atlanta's labor have become evident.

Aside from a few positions, fan perception and an important clubhouse role, the Braves are set for 2014 and beyond.

The following is an attempt to answer the few questions still plaguing the 2014 Atlanta Braves.

Statistics courtesy of 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.

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