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LAKE BUENA VISTA http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , Fla. (AP) — Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers had their first organized workout Saturday, officially ending a relatively quiet winter for the team that won the NL East.It may have been a little too quiet for some critics, considering the aggressive roster moves made by their division rivals. But All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman begs to differ.“Pretty much everyone came back, and we added Josh Donaldson and B-Mac (Brian McCann),” Freeman said. “I feel we have a 90-win team that got better, so I think we’re going to be very good this year.”Darren O’Day was the other major winter acquisition, adding veteran depth to a bullpen that was tested last season as the Braves won the division by eight games and qualified for the postseason for the first time in five years.“We’ve kind of gotten to the point where there’s not a lot of holes, maybe one starter, and we’ll take the best eight (relievers) with us north Lance Parrish Jersey ,” said Brian Snitker, who won the NL Manager of the Year award. “We used 33 pitchers last year. Ten guys made their debuts. We’ve got a long time to be down here and to sort things out. But you’ve got to like the depth and what we have.”The first priority will be finding a fifth starter behind Mike Foltynewicz, Julio Teheran, Sean Newcomb and Kevin Gausman.Mike Soroka, a 21-year-old right-hander who went 2-1 in five starts before shoulder pain ended his rookie season in June, is one of the leading candidates to fill the No. 5 spot.“It’s the moment I’ve been thinking about for months now, I guess since we made the decision to shut it down last year,” said Soroka, who will not be limited this spring. “I’m coming in ready to compete for a spot and make the team better. I know it’s kind of a marathon http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , not a 100-meter race.”All of the starters are 28 or younger.“Whoever has the ball that day is the ace. I truly believe everybody on this team feels that way,” said Gausman, who went 5-3 in 10 starts after being traded from Baltimore. “It’s good, healthy competition between all of us, and seeing these young guys motivates us, too.”O’Day joins a bullpen that includes seven pitchers who appeared in at least35 games for the Braves last year, plus veteran left-hander Jonny Venters, who pitched in 28 games after being acquired in late July.“We don’t need to look anywhere else to fill the eight bullpen spots,” Snitker said. “You start with eight healthy guys to take north and try to put your best foot forward Travis Wood Jersey , but things happen and you’re going to need a bunch of ’em.”In spite of all the noise made by their division foes, Freeman defends the Braves’ decision not to add a starter.“We’re good,” he said. “You’ve already got four starters and then you’ve got dynamic young guys for the fifth spot. I’m sure some of those will go into the bullpen because that’s a big part of the game now.”NOTES: SS Dansby Swanson, who had surgery on his left wrist in November, is in camp. “He’s obviously going to be behind a little bit,” Snitker said, “but I think he’s going to have plenty of time.” . . . The first full-squad workout it scheduled for Thursday . . . The Braves will play their first exhibition game Feb. 23 at Port St. Lucie against the New York Mets. Free agent Manny Machado has now completed his meetings with the three main teams that are interested in his services, now we all await his final decision.The 26-year-old has spent the last week meeting with teams about his potential future with them. Those teams included, the Chicago White Sox http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.Machado concluded these week-long meetings with by visiting the Phillies on Thursday. Now he must make the decision of who he would like to spend the next part of his career playing for.Machado is going to the Yankees. Yankees go out and get everyone. Red Sox are lethal. Rays are dangerous. Can never sleep on the Orioles. I鈥檓 going to the gym. Gonna be in my zone all year. Excited to compete in the best division in baseball! #ALEast— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) December 20, 2018advertisingIt's unclear whether or not the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher has had any contact with Machado, but one thing is for sure is that Stroman is never afraid to express his emotions with the public.Stroman is also not the only one that thinks the four-time All-Star will be wearing pinstripes next season. According to Official Bookmaker, the Yankees have the greatest odds to acquire the shortstop's services.The Phillies and the White Sox currently sit in second and third behind the Yankees for Machado. He will likely announce his decision after the holidays so that he can discuss his life-changing decision with his wife and family.advertising Via BC SportsMachado will be able to have a major impact on either of the three teams interested in him, which is why he is able to demand a massive contract. He is reportedly seeking somewhere around a ten-year contract valuing around $30 million per season.Those demands are why only three teams were able to gain a meeting with Machado this week. He will fit great with any of those three teams that are interested in him. Last season Machado had one of the best seasons so far in his career.Machado appeared in all 162 games last season, producing 37 home runs and 107 RBI's along with a .297 batting average. He's in the prime of his career, which is great for him because teams are continuing the trend of paying players for what they can produce in the future, rather than what they have previously done in the past.advertisingNow that Machado has finished his meetings, we should now be able to finally see where he is going to spend his career for the foreseeable future Jose Iglesias Jersey , which could likely speed up the whole situation with the other big-name free agent, Bryce Harper.Even though they don't play the same position, Machado and Harper are the two biggest players available on the free agency market. So the two teams that miss out on Machado, are likely to relocate that money to the other big-name free agent.
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