By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on June 9, 2014
It might seem like a simple thing to choose 5 players that the Atlanta Braves could do without for the 2014 MLB season but looks can be deceiving. Most can agree on one name that should be on this list and I can assure that he is on here. Because of the obvious nature of his being on the list, he will be somewhere other than the top spot. We shall save that for a more surprising choice of 5 Braves players who they can do without.
Here is the obvious choice. Tommy La Stella has done more than enough to prove that he has the second base job in hand for the foreseeable future. The Braves could seemingly get just as much from the Uggla contract money if they ate ninety percent of it, basically paid another team to try him for free and got one minor prospect in return. No offense intended to Uggs, it is just time to move on.
Nothing against Carpenter but he seems to have slip-ups in the worst possible moments going back to the playoffs last season. He can be lights out for a time but when he gives runs up, those outings tend to piggyback one another. When Jonny Venters and Jordan Walden coming back soon from surgery, there will need to be changes in the bullpen and Carp could be one of them.
Credit should be dealt out where it is due and Avilan has been one of the better bullpen men for the Braves over the last few seasons. This season it just isn't happening for him however. Once again, with the returning bullpen arms Avilan might need to get a chance to do better on another stage.
Hale has potential as a starter. Whether the Braves want to give him that chance or not is up in the air but to continue to use him in a bullpen role that clearly is not best for his ability would be a waste. Add him to a trade or something if he isn't going to be a starter for the Braves.
The Braves hit the jackpot with Harang at first this season and he has proven to be able to pitch well now and then. Slowly however he is beginning to look a little less like the Harang that was lights out early this season and more like the one who had few quality starts over the last season or two. It would make sense for the Braves to move him while someone might be willing to take him into their rotation. Well rested Alex Wood can take over.
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