Atlanta Braves: Those Players Trying to Save Their Jobs for 2015

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Atlanta Braves: Those Players Trying to Save Their Jobs for 2015
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Through a down second half, the Atlanta Braves are not out of the 2014 playoff picture just yet, but it couldn't hurt to take a first peek at some possible roster moves for 2015.

Atlanta has a number of talented, entrenched players on its team. Therefore, there are few specific starting spots "up for grabs" when discussing next season.

Evan Gattis and Freddie Freeman are not going anywhere at catcher and first base, respectively. They are supremely talented hitters who are adequate enough with the glove to demand everyday at-bats. The same result is arrived at but from the opposite direction for Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward. Both are so good defensively and in the other parts of their games that a weak bat can be overcome. With Heyward especially, all that's lacking for an all-around special player is consistent power at the plate.

Justin Upton is also a very good hitter signed through next season who the Braves would have trouble topping with a replacement, and with that, over half of Atlanta's everyday lineup is set for the long haul.

The pitching staff has some pieces set in stone as well. Julio Teheran, despite a poor second half of his own this season, is a young, elite starting pitcher. Alex Wood is also just scratching the surface of what he can contribute. Craig Kimbrel remains one of the very best closers in all of baseball, despite the high walk total in 2014.

Otherwise, here are the players on the lookout for their job security heading into the stretch run of this season.

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