Even if the Atlanta Braves had done next to nothing over the offseason, they wouldn’t have been the same old Braves. They couldn’t have been. Chipper Jones was gone.

Had they done next to nothing over the offseason, they’d have been known as the team without Chipper. By adding the Brothers Upton in separate transactions, they rearranged the dynamics in a positive way. They’re seen not as a club missing a key man but as one that seized a chance to remake itself.

“It’s definitely a different team,” said Tim Hudson, speaking after the Braves lost their exhibition opener to Detroit on Friday. “A lot of guys have gone elsewhere, and we’ve replaced them with a lot of new faces. And I’m not saying that’s bad – it could be good. But we are a different type of club.”

Said Jason Heyward, who enters his fourth big-league season as the fourth-longest tenured Brave (behind Brian McCann) among position players: “We made moves not to lose steps. We’ve added more right-handed bats, which is something we’ve needed since I’ve been here. We added some playoff experience in B.J. Upton and added some playoff in Justin. We’ve added guys with speed who can hit for average and hit for power. We’re definitely looking forward to the possibilities.”

A lot of folks are. A lot of folks are thinking the Braves could be second-best team in baseball, behind only the Washington Nationals. But the trouble with bold remakes is that they might look better in theory.