For all the positives -- both short- and long-term -- that can be derived from the Braves' celebrated acquisition of Justin Upton last week, there is one consequence to ponder when looking at Atlanta's updated depth chart:
What will become of third base?
Last month, my colleague Zach Dillard penned an excellent Burning Questions regarding the state of the Braves at third base -- as the franchise moves on from the Chipper Jones era. That column was heavily invested in Martin Prado, last year's left fielder who seemed like a lock to occupy the hot corner in 2013.
But the Upton trade -- bringing brothers Justin and B.J. together for the first time in their professional lives -- changed everything. Prado, who recently agreed to a four-year extension with his new club, now belongs to the Diamondbacks. And the Braves are headed into spring training with essentially two low-key options at third base -- Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco.
Here are three Burning Questions involving Atlanta...