The 2015 season ended somewhat predictably for the Atlanta Braves, who finished with a record of 67-95, their worst season in 25 years. The Braves took the field on Opening Day with an almost entirely different roster than the one they had finished with in 2014, partially due to a series of trades that sent Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Evan Gattis, and Craig Kimbrel out of town in favor of younger, more controllable talent. The decimation of their roster left the major league team bereft of proven players, but it helped to build the foundation of what the Braves hope will be their core as they prepare to move into their new stadium in Cobb County.
This offseason has been a continuation of those efforts, as more notable players were traded this offseason, but not without hefty returns that have once again added to the talent pool in the minor league system. One name that was left out of the transaction wire was first baseman Freddie Freeman, whom they have publicly stated is unavailable despite reports of discussions with multiple clubs. By not trading Freeman, the Braves feel they have a cornerstone to build around as they attempt to return to contention. The Braves have still been very busy this winter, and as the offseason winds down, it is time to hand out a grade for the job they have done thus far.