Atlanta Braves

The Braves refused to call their 2015 a rebuild, but everyone was aware of what they were doing. There is no hiding it anymore, not after trading Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks for an admittedly large pile of prospects. There's nothing wrong with a rebuild, either: the NL East has some real talent at the top, and the Braves are hitting reset while those two teams fight it out. The 2016 Braves won't be a winning team, but they should be watchable given how much of their future is going to be playing for it.

Key Addition

Ender Inciarte is either going to be a valuable outfielder for the Braves, or the next big-league player they deal in order to bring prospects back to the rebuilding team. His value is heavily tied to his defense, but if he's anywhere close to as good as the numbers say with the glove, then plenty of teams will be calling for Inciarte. The Braves win here whether Inciarte remains in their uniform or not.

All additions: Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, Erick Aybar, Kelly Johnson, Jim Johnson, Bud Norris, Jhoulys Chacin

Key Departure

Losing Shelby Miller will hurt the rotation, but the Braves aren't playing for 2016, so it's a necessary hurt in that sense. That's the same reasoning behind dealing Andrelton Simmons to the Angels and Cameron Maybin to the Tigers -- the Braves care about the players who will be great in 2018 and beyond, not 2016.

All departures: Shelby Miller, Andrelton Simmons, Cameron Maybin, Mike Minor

Best Case

Unless the Braves take some unprecedented steps forward all at once, competing is not a thing they'll do in 2016. That doesn't mean this season will be wasted, though: Atlanta's best-case scenario involves the players they expect to be part of their next winning team to play well, whether they are on the Braves already or still in the minors. Their farm system is stacked, but rebuilding only works if said farm actually develops something worth promoting or trading.

Worst Case

If the youth on the big-league roster doesn't produce or show signs that it's worth believing in them still, and many of the prospects take steps backwards or fail their new challenges at new levels, it's going to be a lot more difficult to handle this rebuilding process.

Projected Team

Lineup: Ender Inciarte, Erick Aybar, Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, Hector Olivera, Adonis Garcia, A.J. Pierzynski, Jace Peterson

Rotation: Julio Teheran, Bud Norris, Matt Wisler, Jhoulys Chacin, Mike Foltynewicz