Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14
I think the Braves can win the NL East, even with the strength of the Nationals and the Phillies. Similar to the way everybody jumped on the Phillies band wagon the last couple seasons, the same has been said about the Nationals this season. As stacked as the Nationals are, the same was said about the Phillies last season. The Braves added OFs Justin Upton, BJ Upton and RHP Jordan Walden to their team as well as 3B Chris Johnson. Minor acquisitions include SS Ramiro Pena and catcher Gerald Laird. While the Uptons make their OF significantly better, they have to get over the loss of future HOF 3B Chipper Jones to retirement and OF Michael Bourn to free agency and INF/ OF Martin Prado to the Justin Upton trade. They essentially traded Jones, Bourn and Prado for Upton, Upton and Johnson. Jones in his last season hit .287, 14, 62, while Bourn hit .274, 9, 57 with 42 SB and 10 3Bs. Prado hit .301, 10, 70 and led the team with 186 hits and 42 2Bs. BJ hit .246, 28, 78 last season whil...
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