Another year, another batch of disappointment at the end for Atlanta. The Braves led the NL East nearly wire to wire, overcoming the heavily-favored Washington Nationals to win their first division title since 2005. But the club faltered in the Postseason, losing to the Dodgers in four games in the NLDS and ending their season early once again.
In the spring, the Braves set themselves up for a three year window after acquiring Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks. The timeframe on that window is now down to two years, but the team is still in good shape. They return every offensive starter from 2014 with the exception of catcher Brian McCann, and the club is probably going to keep the catcher job internal. The team loses starting pitchers Paul Maholm and Tim Hudson from the rotation, but once again, they're expected to keep those positions internal. So really, where does that leave Atlanta? They could use a second baseman, assuming Dan Uggla is traded, but once again - that's probably going to be an internal thing. A starting pitcher and maybe a veteran reliever is all the Braves are really going to be in the hunt for this winter, and I doubt they really get too deep into those discussions.