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The Braves have enjoyed a fortuitous run of primarily keeping Javy Lpez or Brian McCann on the active roster every season since 1994 -- with the notable exception of 2004, when Johnny Estrada had a career year with Atlanta (nine HRs, 76 RBI, .314 batting).
Few MLB clubs can match Atlanta's 20-season stability at catcher. And that'll be the case ... for at least one more year.
With the impending free agency of McCann (offseason shoulder surgery) and systematic development of three intriguing catching prospects (Christian Bethancourt, Evan Gattis, Josh Elander), the Braves' 2013 campaign could represent the proverbial calm before the storm, backstop-wise.
"Calm" being a relative term, since McCann should again play a major role on a club with legitimate championship aspirations.
Here are some burning questions involving the state of Braves catchers in 2013:
1. How will Brian McCann fare in his 'contract' year?
If McCann wasn't earmarked fo...
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