The Braves are in the middle of a full-blown tear down and build up. The past two years they have traded numerous veterans and stockpiled young talent.
General Manager John Coppolella and the Braves continue their march to put a young, exciting team on the field, when the new stadium opens in 2017.
Do you notice something strange about this rebuild?
Rebuilds almost always involve young players being given the chance to play and grow, don’t they? Yet, when you look at these Braves, they are getting older.
The starting line-up will often have five or six players over 30 years old on the field. You have C A.J. Pierzynski, 39, RF Nick Markakis, 32, LF Jeff Francoeur, Michael Bourn, 33, Nick Swisher, 35, SS Erick Aybar 32, 3B Adonis Garcia or Hector Olivera, 31. Bourn will also start some in center field.
That isn’t a rebuild, that’s an old team.
Regularly having five or six position players over 30 years old in the starting line-up is what championship contenders put on the field. Not also-rans that are supposedly in full-blown rebuild.
What this tells us right now is that the Braves either don’t have any young position players close to ready. Or they are in denial and think they can win a bunch of games with smoke and mirrors.