The Atlanta Braves' Five Best and Worst Decisions of the 2008-09 Offseason

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IMay 30, 2009

The Atlanta Braves' Five Best and Worst Decisions of the 2008-09 Offseason

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    7 APR 1994:  ATLANTA BRAVES MANAGER BOBBY COX IN THE DUGOUT DURING THE BRAVES VERSUS SAN DIEGO PADRES GAME AT JACK MURPHY STADIUM IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.  MANDATORY CREDIT:  STEPHEN DUNN/ALLSPORT

Worst No. 5 - Allowing John Smoltz to sign with the Red Sox

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    FORT MYERS,FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: John Smoltz #29 of the Boston Red Sox poses during photo day at the Red Sox spring training complex on February 22, 2009 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Worst No. 4 - Signing Kenshin Kawakami

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    ATLANTA - APRIL 11: Pitcher Kenshin Kawakami #11 of the Atlanta Braves starts against the Washington Nationals on April 11, 2009 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Worst No. 3 - Not Trading Jeff Francouer

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    PHOENIX - MAY 28:  Jeff Francoeur #7 of the Atlanta Braves warms up before the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Worst No. 2 - Not-Signing Adam Dunn

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    PHOENIX - MAY 10:  Adam Dunn #44 of the Washington Nationals is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the major league baseball game at Chase Field on May 10, 2009 in Phoenix,

Worst No. 1 - Signing Tom Glavine

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    WASHINGTON - APRIL 30:  Pitcher Tom Glavine #47 of the Atlanta Braves watches his team take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 30, 2008 in Washington, D.C. The Nationals defeated the Braves 3-2 in 12 innnings.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Gett

Best No. 5 - Not-Trading Yunel Escobar

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    NEW YORK - MAY 13:  Yunel Escobar #19 of the Atlanta Braves completes a double play in the third inning after forcing out Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets on May 13, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Best No. 4 - Signing Omar Infante to a 2-yr extension

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    ATLANTA - APRIL 12: Infielder Omar Infante #4 of the Atlanta Braves slides in for a go-ahead run against the Washington Nationals April 12, 2009 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Best No. 3 - Signing Chipper Jones to a contract extension

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    PHOENIX - MAY 28:  Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves warms up on deck during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Braves 5-2  (Photo by Chri

Best No. 2 - Trading for Javier Vazquez

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    PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 08:  Javier Vazquez #33 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Best No. 1 - Signing Derek Lowe

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    PHOENIX - MAY 28:  Starting pitcher Derek Lowe #32 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the major league baseball game at Chase Field on May 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Braves 5-2.  (Photo b