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Braves daily news digest 2/17: Keeping Craig Kimbrel

Despite criticism, the Atlanta Braves hung onto closer Craig Kimbrel this off season despite a major retooling of the remainder of the roster.

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Braves News

Kimbrel still a Brave; that's a good thing right?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien attacks the thought that the Braves should have traded Craig Kimbrel and checks in with the reliever on the eve of spring training.

This almost seemed to anger some out there. To me, if you've got a great closer under contract, and you're not stripping the house down to the studs and starting fresh, but rather aiming to rebuild while remaining competitive in the next year or two, then it makes some sense to do all you can to make sure precious wins don't get frittered away in the late innings.

Let's Talk Season Predictions

A lot of outlets are putting out season predictions and unsurprisingly they aren't very favorable to the Atlanta Braves.

Baseball Prospectus - 73-89

FanGraphs - 71-91

ESPNs SweetSpot - 68-94

Not a major surprise considering Atlanta replaced many of the key contributors from last season's team with minor league talent. Still a bit shocking when you consider that this could be the worst Braves team record wise since the 1990 season.

MLB News

Analyzing Yoan Moncada

Minor League Ball's Matt Garrioch profiles Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada and sees a future game changing player.

Moncada is going to be very rich in the next 10 days. If I were a rebuilding team with money available, I'd pay him. If I were the Yankees, Dodgers or other big spenders, it would be hard to not pay the guy. He is hitting the market at the right time and has the skills to be a game changing player.

Jason Giambi retires from MLB

Jason Giambi announced his retirement on Monday. He retires as one of 20 players in history to finish a career with 400 home runs, 1,400 RBIs, 1,200 runs and 1,300 walks.

Veteran Pitchers agree to minor league deals

Barry Zito has agreed to a minor league deal with the Oakland A's while former Braves pitcher Bruce Chen has a similar pact with the Cleveland Indians. Both deals carry incentives should either pitcher make the major league team out of spring training.

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