Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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Preparation for the replacement of Chipper Jones began long before he hugged his parents at Turner Field or other teams offered tribute in the form of surfboards and stadium flags. By announcing his impending retirement before the season, Jones, a stalwart on Atlanta's roster since the mid-1990s, prevented the storyline from hovering over the team last season and permitted the organization to begin surveying its options at third base. Looking around, though, there are not many changes around the hot corner. With its lack of big offseason addition (barring the B.J. Upton signing, which addressed the center field opening), Atlanta will look to utility stud Martin Prado, who has seemingly played every conceivable position in his seven-season career, to primarily fill the considerable void. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the transition resides in Chipper's offensive production, which reached its most efficient mark since 2008 last season. Despite a slight drop in his power numbe...
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