It will take more time before the Braves know if the big investments they made in Julio Teheran, Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman will pay off.
Until then, the National League All-Star team announced on Sunday provided more evidence of short-term dividends the team already is enjoying.
Staff ace Teheran, closer Kimbrel and first baseman Freeman were selected to the NL team announced on Sunday evening. All three were picked by a vote of fellow players.
The 85th All-Star game will be played July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
It’s the first All-Star selection for Teheran. Kimbrel was picked for the fourth time in a row and Freeman is an All-Star for the second consecutive season.
The trio is among those the Braves signed to long-term contracts last winter. Teheran signed for $32 million over six years, Kimbrel for $42 million over four years and Freeman for $125 million over eight years.