Baseball is now what we call a æyearly sport,Æ as in players, managers, front office execs, and owners are perpetually finding ways to make their teams progressively better. With the hot stove offseason simmering and smoldering, things are looking to pick up soon for the Atlanta Braves. Not much is happening on the æacquisitionÆ front for Atlanta, who just narrowly missed out on the playoffs, going 86-76 and finishing third in the NL East. A week before the GM meetings took place in Indianapolis, the Braves made back-to-back moves in signing Billy Wagner to the closer role and Takashi Saito as a setup man. The pickups of both Wagner and Saito bring great depth to the bullpen not seen since the early 2000s for Atlanta. The deals almost jumped back and hurt Atlanta when former closer Raf ...
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