A secret to Atlanta's success 

September, 10, 2013
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Jordan SchaferMike Zarrilli/Getty ImagesAfter doing little in his first stint in Atlanta, Jordan Schafer is thriving the second time around.
For a consistent contender playing in a large market, Atlanta has had to operate on tight payrolls during its most recent run of success, at least relative to clubs in comparable situations.

Much of this has been because of its frequent acquisition and usage of "free talent" -- players claimed off waivers or signed as minor league free agents who receive opportunities in the big leagues and produce. Although it's not a new practice, Atlanta already has received boosts from three such players this year, in line with what the club's pro scouting department has managed to achieve the past few years by finding players underappreciated by their former organizations.

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