We have a pretty good idea how the 2016 Braves will look, and that’s why I don’t like the trade with the Indians.
Bourn, Peterson, Markakis, Freddie, Olivera, Maybin, Simmons, Catcher TBD
Bourn and Swisher take up two roster spots. God forbid Jonny Gomes’s option vests because then you’ll have five outfielders under contract in 2016. Sure, you could trade Maybin but I’m not sure the return would be worth it.
The Braves have left themselves with little flexibility for next year. Unless they bring in a superstar catcher, which isn’t happening, 2016 is going to look a lot like 2015.