The Atlanta Braves may not be set for a lot of on-field success during the 2016 season but the consensus is that they improved their future with a series of deals. The biggest move this offseason was of course, trading Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Ender Inciarte along with top prospects Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair. That move alone was enough for FanGraphs' Dave Cameron to declare the Atlanta Braves a winner this offseason.
If you take away the Shelby Miller trade, I’m not a huge fan of the rest of the Braves moves. The return on Andrelton Simmons seemed light to me, and most of the other acquisitions are short-term placeholders who are just around for a year to soak up playing time while waiting for the kids to develop. But the Miller trade was so good that it makes them one of the winners of the winter anyway, as they picked up a good outfielder and two quality minor league assets. If the team proves to be as poor as the projections think, and they reevaluate their win-in-2017 goal,Ender Inciarte can likely be flipped for even more young talent, and that deal alone could help reshape the Braves future.
By hitting a home run on their major trade of the winter, the Braves ended up as one of the winners of the offseason.
Cameron gave the Braves a B+ overall grade for their offseason and the only team that ranked ahead of them that is in rebuilding mode is the Milwaukee Brewers. Such lists don't mean much in the grand spectrum but it shows that many are buying into how Atlanta's rebuild is progressing.