Are Frank Wren and The Braves Waiting For 2011?

Posted: 30th December 2009 by Josh Rutledge in MLB
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It hasn't been a great off-season for Atlanta. Simple as that. The divisional opponents have gotten stronger. Atlanta has gotten weaker. Sure, we can debate whether Atlanta has made the right moves, but none of it adds up to a stronger team. Next year, there will be no Vazquez, LaRoche, Mike Gonzalez, Rafael Soriano or Kelly Johnson. There will be Melky Cabrera, Troy Glaus and Billy Wagner. Add all that up and I'd prefer to have those former players, not the latter group. All of which leads me to believe Atlanta is looking past 2010 and into 2011. That's the year when a lot of pieces will be in place. By that time, Jason Heyward could be a superstar. So could Freddie Freeman. The pitching staff is likely to be the deepest and most dominant in baseball, with Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson and ...

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