The 2013 Braves' Jersey Numbers

With the many trades, signings, and losses to this team over the offseason, I took a close look at the 40-man roster after having a discussion in one of the Justin Upton threads leading up to the trade, and saw the drastically different jersey number construction of this roster. So, without further delay, here are your 2013 Atlanta Braves (NOTE: Retired numbers and numbers of coaches are omitted):

1: Tyler Pastornicky

2: B.J. Upton

4: Paul Janish

5: Freddie Freeman

7: Reed Johnson

8: Justin Upton

11: Gerald Laird

13: Jose Constanza

14: OPEN (sadly)

15: Tim Hudson

16: Brian McCann

17: Jordan Schafer

19: Andrelton Simmons

20: OPEN

22: Jason Heyward

23: Chris Johnson

24: OPEN

25: Juan Francisco

26: Dan Uggla

28: Paul Maholm

30: OPEN

32: OPEN

34: Eric O'Flaherty

36: Mike Minor

37: Brandon Beachy

38: Anthony Varvaro

39: Jonny Venters

40: OPEN

43: Luis Avilan

46: Craig Kimbrel

48: OPEN

49: Julio Teheran

50: Cristhian Martinez

52: Jordan Walden

53: Cory Gearrin

54: Kris Medlen

57: Christian Bethancourt

58: Ernesto Mejia

59: OPEN

61: David Carpenter

62: David Hale

63: Juan Jaime

64: Aaron Northcraft

There is one notable addition yet to be determined: Chris Johnson. Johnson wore #28 with the Astros and the Diamondbacks, however there is a weird situation surrounding it. Originally, hitting coach Greg Walker wore #28. However, the 40-man roster shows Walker with #27 and Paul Maholm with #28. One quick, easy way to fix this is give Johnson an open spot, such as 20, 23, 24, or 30. The other way is to revert things back to the way as they were before: Give Walker #28, keep Maholm at #17, give Johnson #28, and move Schafer to #20, #23, or #24.

Notable changes include Reed Johnson going from #11 to #7, Julio Teheran taking #49 after using #57 and #27 in his brief Major League stints, and Gerald Laird taking #11.

Update: I found a tweet from the Twitter account of Chris Johnson, with a picture enclosed:

However, Johnson will need to put a "C." before it, since there is another player with that last name, Reed Johnson. By my count, it should be the first time since 2007 that this has happened, the last being Andruw Jones's last year with Atlanta with Chipper also on the club.

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