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    2016 roster full of new faces

    The 2016 Braves roster is full of new faces. Not only do the Braves have a load of talent coming up through the system after a total overhaul this offseason, many guys who will make appearances throughout the season, the Braves made moves that brought trade pieces and free agents from numerous clubs.

    A few of those faces that have joined the club that might be recognized from their time with other big league teams include: Erick Aybar, Jhoulys Chacin, Ender Inciarte, Bud Norris, Drew Stubbs, Alexi Oganda, Tyler Flowers, Jose Ramirez and Gordon Beckham. Former Braves Eric O’Flaherty, Jeff Francouer and Kelly Johnson have returned to the club.

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    If you tuned into the opening game of the season, you surely saw a face in a position that wasn’t familiar. Even if you followed many of the moves this offseason, you’d certainly be allowed a pass if you missed or forgot one or two.

    Here’s a rundown of new (and former) Braves:

    Erick Aybar (SS) – Aybar came to the club in the trade that saw fan favorite and defensive wizard Andrelton Simmons go to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

    Jhoulys Chacin (RHP) – Chacin comes to the Braves from the Arizona Diamondbacks, but is best known from his time with the Colorado Rockies. Chacin will join the 25-man roster once the club needs a 5th starter.

    Ender Inciarte (RF) – Inciarte was one of the most exciting pickups in the Shelby Miller trade to the Diamondbacks. He spent the first two seasons of his big league career with the D-backs.

    Eric O’Flaherty (LHP) – EOF is a familiar face to Braves fans. He rejoins the club after having signed with the Oakland A’s in free agency and a short stint in 2015 with the New York Mets. O’Flaherty was once part of an untouchable trio out of the bullpen with Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel.

    Bud Norris (RHP) – Norris joins the starting rotation after splitting last season with the Orioles and Padres. Norris is in his 8th big league season.

    Jeff Francouer (RF) – Frenchy returns to the Braves after fighting for a backup outfielder spot in spring training. Once a member of the Baby Braves, he’s not a new face to fans though a very welcome one as he makes his return to Braves Country.

    Drew Stubbs (CF) – Drew Stubbs had less than 3 days to make the club after signing late in spring with the Braves. Immediately more impressive than fellow veteran centerfielder Michael Bourn, Stubbs was named to the roster in the 11th hour. Stubbs was released by the Texas Rangers at camp.

    Alexi Ogando (RHP) – Longtime Ranger Ogando signed a 1-year deal with the Red Sox last season. Without room in that stacked bullpen this season, Ogando joined the Braves in the offseason.

    Tyler Flowers (C) – Flowers fills a hole left by the trade of underwhelming prospect Christian Bethancourt. The catcher will split time with former Chicago White Sox teammate A.J. Piersynzki.

    Jose Ramirez (RHP) – Ramirez is another righty in the ‘pen who comes to the Braves from the Cleveland Indians.

    Kelly Johnson (2B) – Traded away to the Mets with Juan Uribe at the deadline last season, Kelly Johnson and his World Series ring come to the Braves as a backup infielder. Hoping to use less of Jace Pederson this season after over doing it ala Jonny Venters last season, Fredi Gonzalez is happy to have the sure hands of Johnson back.

    Gordon Beckham (3B) – Enlisted to man the hot corner, Beckham, a former White Sox middle infielder, will allow the Braves prospects to progress before an eventual call up.

    Tara Rowe is an independent historian and beat writer for BravesWire.com. Follow Tara on Twitter @framethepitch.