The first thing we need to look at, when analyzing how the 2016 Braves roster will take shape, is the internal options that will be on the table for the team as it evaluates the possibilities.
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Shelby Miller, Julio Teheran, Williams Perez, Matt Wisler, Mike Foltynewicz, Manny Banuelos, Ryan Weber, Tyrell Jenkins
Arodys Vizcaino, Jason Grilli, Brandon Cunniff, Matt Marksberry, Andrew McKirahan, Peter Moylan, Shae Simmons, Danny Winkler, Chris Withrow, Daniel Burawa, Brady Feigl, Jason Hursh
Christian Bethancourt, Ryan Lavarnway
Freddie Freeman, Jace Peterson, Andrelton Simmons, Hector Olivera, Pedro Ciriaco, Adonis Garcia, Daniel Castro, Joey Terdoslavich
Michael Bourn, Cameron Maybin, Nick Markakis, Nick Swisher, Dian Toscano, Eury Perez, Mallex Smith
What does this show us? The Braves have a lot of work to do. They, quite simply, need more talent. The offseason evaluation is already underway, so this list of names will increase substantially before the team gets to Spring Training.
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