Count the Braves among those who may not have liked Major League Baseball's decision to add a second wild card to the playoffs. After winning 94 games in 2012 and earning the first wild card spot in the National League, the Braves lost the one-game playoff to a Cardinals team that was six games worse than Atlanta in the regular season. The Braves might be looking at a similar situation again as they are once again expected to be one of the top teams in the National League. Following the Braves' acquisitions of the Upton brothers, many expect Atlanta and their division-mates, the Washington Nationals, to be the two best NL teams in 2013. One will have to settle for a wild card spot, though, and the risk that a single-game playoff series comes with.
Signed OF B.J. Upton to a five year, $75.25 million contract.
The Braves began the offseason early by signing Upton in late November. Assuming, correctly as it turned out, Michael Bourn would not return to the Braves,...