The Braves have lost a major free agent (Brian McCann) and have not yet signed any players, but they're already assured of having a very expensive offseason. The team is facing a large (maybe even historically large) class of arbitration-eligible players, meaning players who have not played long enough to qualify for free agency but have played long enough to earn something considerably more than the league minimum.

GM Frank Wren & Co. started chipping away at this arbitration class a few weeks ago by signing left-hander Jonny Venters to a one-year contract worth $1.625 million, which represents no raise after he missed all of 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. The Braves still have 13 (!) other arbitration-eligible players to deal with in the coming weeks. Some are extremely important players too.