Middle relief is not sexy. A bullpen doing its job quietly hums along, not drawing much attention. Even closer Craig Kimbrel — “Welcome to the Jungle” entrance music and flame graphics notwithstanding — brings mostly a workmanlike attitude to the most glamorous position in the pen.
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The Braves haven’t been able to acquire the ace they might have wanted for the top of their rotation, but they secured the depth they needed Monday with the signing of free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd.
One week after the Braves were eliminated by the Dodgers in a four-game division series, Braves general manager Frank Wren met with the team’s beat writers and discussed the 2013 season and the team’s needs going into the offseason.