There have already been rumors that the Atlanta Braves are going to try and make some noise in the free agent market this off-season. They could trade their much maligned second baseman Dan Uggla if the right candidate comes along willing to pick up a tiny bit of his salary. One concern after being unable to perfectly match aces in the postseason has been going to get a number-one, ace starting pitcher. This could work for the Braves only if it is done correctly.
The before mentioned Uggla is one of the reasons I would suggest caution for the Braves. They are saddled with a second baseman they clearly do not want on their roster right now and they know they’ll have to pick up some of his paycheck for his next team. B.J. Upton also appeared to be a mistake free agent signing this season though many including myself expect him to fair much better in 2014.
Hard lessons are good to learn for the Braves front office and Frank Wren and company should take care to put their heads together on this starting pitcher search. They wouldn’t want to sign a free agent that might be ace caliber to a huge contract and repeat past mistakes. Chances are that the starter would come through a trade and that could be an issue as well.
They traded basically the core of the Texas Rangers current roster to Texas for Mark Texiera rental some years ago. Nothing like that is necessary with the great young crop of pitchers they have coming along. It would be best to lose in the postseason’s first round for the next two seasons to avoid losing a great future ace like, oh I don’t know, Adam Wainwright.