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Rosterbation at its worst...

Well, now that Uggla has signed a 5/62 million dollar deal, the importance of the utility infield/backup OF spots left for the bench might be much more important.  Uggla will make 13 million next year, leaving very little wiggle room for the Braves to spend serious money on a CF or SS.  They'll have  65 million committed to 7 players (Chipper, Uggla, Hudson, Lowe, Ross, Hinske, McCann), 3 arb-eligible for the 2nd time (Prado, JJ, and O'Flaherty) and 1 for the 3rd time (Moylan). There will still be a fair share of players playing for the minimum (11 or so at 450k a piece).  Assuming 10 million or so will be spent on arb-eligible players one way or another, the Braves will have spent 80 million before addressing SS and CF needs.  Players such as Ed Lucas, Joe Mather, Jordan Schafer,  or Matt Young have a chance in 2011 to audition for a much bigger role for 2012.

The obvious 21 on the Braves Opening Day Squad are...

1. Brian McCann  2. Freddie Freeman  3. Dan Uggla   4. Alex Gonzalez  5. Chipper Jones  6. Martin Prado  7. Nate McLouth   8. Jason Heyward  9.  David Ross   10. Eric Hinske   11. Tommy Hanson    12. Tim Hudson  13. Derek Lowe  14. Jair Jurrjens   15.  Mike Minor    16. Peter Moylan   17. Eric O'Flaherty  18. George Sherrill   19. Scott Linebrink  20. Jonny Venters   21. Craig Kimbrel

Candidates to fill bench/bullpen spots:  Matt Young, Jordan Schafer, Ed Lucas, Jose Costanza, Brooks Conrad, Joe Mather, Stephen Marek, Jairo Asencio, Diory Hernandez, Cristhian Martinez, Brandon Beachy, Barbaro Canizares.

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