Atlanta Braves: Who's Staying and Who's Going This Offseason

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Atlanta Braves: Who's Staying and Who's Going This Offseason
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2010 was a moderate success for the Atlanta Braves. However, with retirement, free agency and trades, there's always the question of who will or will not be back playing for Atlanta in 2011.

We'll take a look at free agents, potential retirees and trade bait.

We expect that core players like Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson, Brian McCann, Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones will be back because there's no logical reason why they wouldn't be.

The bullpen was very solid, but it's not out of the question to see one or more of them packaged in a deal for an outfielder. This means that Craig Kimbrel, Mike Dunn, Jonny Venters, Peter Moylan and Eric O'Flaherty should expect to be back. 

Backup catcher David Ross signed an extension mid-season for a reason.

Matt Diaz kills lefties, so he'll probably continue as a platoon outfielder.

Up-and-comers like Kris Medlen (after he returns from Tommy John surgery), Mike Minor, Brandon Beachy and Freddie Freeman may or may not spend the entire 2011 season in the majors with Atlanta, but if not they'll be between the big club and Gwinnett, unless packaged in a deal for another outfield bat.

So, who does that leave. . .

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