A week of play is in the books for the 2014 season, and the Atlanta Braves sit in the midst of a tight division race. Of course, not even midway through April, teams' records hardly matter. What's more important is how a team is actually performing and executing. If that is going well, the wins will take care of themselves.
In order to make sure Atlanta performed and executed to the best of its abilities, the Braves made a few shrewd moves this offseason. While they didn't make a splash like some of their competitors, and the overall affect of the new players may be limited compared with their regulars, the additions were important.
In fact, as the offseason went along, spring training wound down and injuries began to mount, Atlanta didn't play the waiting game. It kept working toward moving the team in the right direction.
With it being very early in the season and a few of the Braves' biggest acquisitions having yet to even see game action (as of Wednesday morning), it makes little logical sense to award grades based on 2014 performance. Instead, let's take a look at how valuable and important each move was and how it will impact the team moving through the year.