The Trading Block: 3 Players the Atlanta Braves Could Target in 2011

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The Trading Block: 3 Players the Atlanta Braves Could Target in 2011
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Freddie Freeman congratulating Tim Hudson

One of the great dualities of baseball is roster construction. Every year a multitude of players will leave teams and join others through free agency, trades or waivers. This often triggers an outbreak of happiness among fans; the signing of new players always brings unprecedented levels of excitement to the ballclub. Unfortunately, it’s tough to see players go, and no matter what move a team makes (or even the decision to not make a move), there will always be critics.

The Atlanta Braves are in a very favorable position in their division. They are close to the top in the NL East, and if the upstart Florida Marlins start to tail away from the top, it’s just a two horse race with the talented, yet aging, Philadelphia Phillies.

Not only are the Braves doing well in the playoff race, they also have maneuvered themselves into a good position on the trading block. With a farm system loaded with young pitching talent and several expiring contracts for 2012, Atlanta seems poised to make a splash before the trade deadline.

But two nagging of questions remain: Who are they going to get, and who are they going to give up?

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