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Predict the Braves' 2016 opening day lineup

Lots of moving pieces and money to spend.

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The Braves suck right now and aren't playing today, so let's talk about something that's a little more fun: 2016. While the front office has preached 2017 from the day John Hart and Co. took over, there's a chance Atlanta could be pretty decent next season. There will be some money to spend and some moves to be made, especially with all the depth in the minor league system.

Let's predict the opening day lineup for 2016. My prediction:

Jace Peterson, 2B
Cameron Maybin, CF - Value was once at an all-time high. With recent regression, think Atlanta hangs onto him for a while to give Mallex Smith more seasoning in Gwinnett.
Freddie Freeman, 1B
Hector Olivera, 3B
Nick Markakis, RF
Jonathan Lucroy, C - He's cheap, good and under control through 2017. Brewers are rebuilding. Would cost a lot.
Andrelton Simmons, SS
Michael Bourn, LF - Can't see Atlanta spending $100M+ for Upton, Cespedes or Gordon. Temporary in-house solution.
Shelby Miller, P - Means the Braves will start 0-1.

What do you think it'll look like? Leave your prediction in the comments and we'll revisit in the spring!

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