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The Future of the Atlanta Braves

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Not much good can be said about the 2016 Atlanta Braves. They, to put it bluntly, were not good.

Lucky there is a glimmer of hope for the Braves faithful.

In the 2016 offseason, the Braves managed to pull off the best trade of the year; possibly decade.

In exchange of average starting pitcher Shelby Miller, the Braves were able to pry first overall pick Dansby Swanson (#3 according to out of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

If you don’t know who Dansby Swanson is, you must just now be following baseball and not be from Atlanta.

After winning the 2014 College World Series, Vanderbilt’s Dansby Swanson was projected to be drafted first pick. And that he was.

By making that pick, it was clear the Diamondbacks were ready to start their rebuilding process.

After a year, in this case half, Dansby would be turning double plays with Jean Segura and Paul Goldschmidt.

But the Dbacks pulled the trigger and acquired ace of the free-agency Zack Greinke. That move confused many considering it seemed they were willing to wait a year. But I guess they thought it was a great deal. But they were still missing something: a 1-2 punch.

With Greinke as a great ‘1,’ they needed a ‘2.’ At the top of their list was Atlanta’s Shelby Miller.

In a surprising trade, Atlanta acquired one of league’s top prospects for a pitcher who currently pitches in AAA for Arizona.

With another disappointing season in 2015, there was no where to go but up for the Braves. They may not have looked good this year, but the 2017 Braves look pretty good. Well, better than the 2016 Braves at least.

With a little under a half year under his belt, Swanson should complete his adjustment somewhere near a month after the 2017 has started.

In order to contend in the next three to five years, the Braves must commit to a long-term deal with key players on the current roster (Julio Teheran, Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis). They must also upgrade some  gaps they have: (starting pitching, third base, bullpen and outfield).

With a young team, and prospects LHP Sean Newcomb (#48 according to and 2B Travis Demeritte likely to make the team before the September call-ups next year, the Braves look to be in pretty good shape in the next three to five years (if they continue to draft well).

It will still take some time, but the Braves faithful have something to believe in again.