The Rundown

Last season, the Atlanta Braves were knocked out of the postseason in the inaugural wild-card playoff game and future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones’ illustrious career came to a close.

The St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Braves 6-3, moved on to face the Washington Nationals, while the Braves got an extra-early start to the offseason.

But on Jan. 24, the Braves improved their stock as a legitimate contender to win the National League East when they traded for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton.

The deal came nearly two months after the Braves courted Justin’s older brother, former Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton, to a whopping five-year, 75-million dollar contract.

The Braves received Upton and Chris Johnson in exchange for All-Star infielder Martin Prado, Randall Delgado…

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