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Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

General manager John Schuerholz went to great lengths in the offseason to improve the Braves' bullpen. But while the rotation boasts veterans John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and Mike Hampton, the fact remains that Smoltz turns 40 in May, and neither Hudson nor Hampton have been the same pitchers they were prior to their 30th birthdays.

Majors | #2007#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

With rumors about Marcus Giles flying around like trailers in a tornado, it seemed likely that the veteran second baseman would be turning double plays somewhere other than Turner Field in 2007. Atlanta's need to invest its payroll in other directions is the primary reason for the Giles rumors. Cheaper options also make the situation viable. The organization's depth at second base has become deeper so far this offseason with the performances of several prospects.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

An early trip home due to an injury is usually a cause for disappointment. That was anything but the case this fall with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Braves decided the switch-hitting catcher's encore in the Arizona Fall League had come to an end after Saltalamacchia strained his groin and hamstring. Atlanta officials opted to send him home to Florida, especially since he had accomplished everything the organization hoped he would.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

The past two seasons for J.C. Holt have been eerily similar, but the high Class A Myrtle Beach second baseman is certain the results are nothing more than a coincidence. Holt, the Braves' third-round pick in 2004, got off to a slow start in 2005, and his batting average stood at just .215 on July 1. A strong finish that included hits in 12 of his last 13 games got him to .268.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

It is only appropriate that in his 50th year with the Braves, Paul Snyder has made yet another major impact on the organization. After announcing his retirement as Atlanta's director of scouting and player development in 1999 because of health reasons, the 70-year-old Snyder is back as the Braves' farm director. Snyder replaced Dayton Moore, who became the Royals' general manager May 31.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports