NL East teams at the start of spring training »Albuquerque Journal

A team-by-team look at the National League East entering spring training, including key players for each club, and for the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:


Atlanta Braves

Manager: Brian Snitker (fourth season).

2018: 90-72, first place, lost to Dodgers in Division Series.

Training Town: Kissimmee, Florida.

Park: Champion Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 16/21.

He's Here: 3B Josh Donaldson, C Brian McCann, C Raffy Lopez, pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

He's Outta Here: C Kurt Suzuki, RHP Anibal Sanchez, RHP Brandon McCarthy, RHP Brad Brach, 3B Ryan Flaherty, RHP Peter Moylan, 1B Lucas Duda, C Rene Rivera, OF Lane Adams, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez.

Going campin ': The 2018 Baby Braves were a surprise breakthrough team, winning the club's first NL East championship since 2013. A repeat title in a tougher NL Donaldson, who signed a one-year, $ 23 million deal after a left calf strain spoiled a lot of his 2018 season with Toronto and Cleveland. The Braves need Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, especially after the team re-signed Nick Markakis instead of pursuing a power hitter for the outfield. Donaldson and McCann, whose Atlanta homecoming should be a big hit with fans, add veteran voices to a clubhouse packed with such youngsters as 2018 NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr. and second baseman Ozzie Albies. Acuna and Albies are rising stars. Freddie Freeman, who finished fourth in last year's NL MVP vote, remains the figurehead of the franchise. Mike Foltynewicz, Kevin Gausman, Sean Newcomb and Julio Teheran in the rotation. Foltynewicz enjoyed his much-anticipated breakout season in 2018, when he was an All-Star. Newcomb had a strong first half before and with a still-respectable 3.90 ERA. Now another young starter needs to emerge. Candidates includes right-handers Mike Soroka, Touki Toussaint and Kyle Wright, and left-handers Kolby Allard and Luiz Gohara.


Washington Nationals

Manager: Dave Martinez (second season).

2018: 82-80, second place.

Training Town: West Palm Beach, Florida.

Park: The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

First Workout: Feb. 14/19.

He's Here: LHP Patrick Corbin, RHP Anibal Sanchez, C Yan Gomes, 2B Brian Dozier, RHP Kyle Barraclough, RHP Trevor Rosenthal, C Kurt Suzuki, RHP Tanner Rainey, 1B Matt Adams.

He's Outta Here: Bryce Harper, C Matt Wieters, RHP Tanner Roark, RHP Joaquin Benoit, RHP Jefry Rodriguez, LHP Tim Collins.

Going campin ': As spring training nears, it's still not clear where Harper will end up. Mike Rizzo is waiting for you, and if you do not mind Mike Rizzo will be waiting for you. Max and Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in the rotation The Nationals were as busy as a third party . Dozier and the catching duo of Gomes and Suzuki are also new to Washington. Rosenthal, the bullpen has too, including the hard-throwing Rosenthal, who is coming off reconstructive elbow surgery, and Barraclough. It makes sense that Rizzo would be more than tweak his roster after a disappointment 2018, when the Nationals never got going under the rookie skipper Martinez and missed the playoffs after two consecutive NL East titles. Martinez says he plans to emphasize fundamentals this spring.


Philadelphia Phillies

Manager: Gabe Kapler (second season).

2018: 80-82, third place.

Training Town: Clearwater, Florida.

Park: Spectrum Field.

First Workout: Feb. 13/18.

He's Here: C J.T. Realmuto, SS Juan Segura, OF Andrew McCutchen, RHP David Robertson, LHP Jose Alvarez, LHP James Pazos, RHP Juan Nicasio, C Drew Butera.

He's Outta Here: 1B Carlos Santana, C Jorge Alfaro, INF J.P. Crawford, C Wilson Ramos, INF Asdrubal Cabrera, LHP Luis Avilan, OF Jose Bautista, 1B Justin Bour, RHP Luis Garcia, LHP Aaron Loup.

Going campin ': The Phillies were a surprise contender for their last season. They went 16-33 over the final 49 games and finished with a record for the sixth straight year. Philadelphia is still chasing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado but already upgraded the infield, outfield and bullpen. Realmuto, Segura and McCutchen will improve to lineup that finished last in batting average (.234), 22nd in runs (4.2 per game) and third in strikeouts (1,520). Robertson gives the team to come closer who could be used in late-inning. Harper or Machado would make the Phillies a serious threat in the NL East. Lefty Dallas Keuchel and closer Craig Kimbrel.


New York Mets

Manager: Mickey Callaway (second season).

2018: 77-85, fourth place.

Training Town: Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Park: First Data Field.

First Workout: Feb. 14/18.

He's Here: GM Brodie Van Wagenen, 2B Robinson Cano, RHP Edwin Diaz, INF Jed Lowrie, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Justin Wilson, OF Keon Broxton, 1B-3B J.D. Davis, LHP Luis Avilan, LHP Hector Santiago, OF Rajai Davis, OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Walker Lockett, RHP Kyle Dowdy, INF Danny Espinosa.

He's Outta Here: RF-1B Jay Bruce, INF Wilmer Flores, LHP Jerry Blevins, C Kevin Plawecki, RHP Anthony Swarzak, OF Austin Jackson, RHP A.J. Ramos, INF Jose Reyes, RHP Rafael Montero, C Jose Lobaton, INF-OF Jack Reinheimer, RHP Bobby Wahl, RHP Gerson Bautista, RHP Chris Beck, 3B David Wright.

Going campin ': Following a second consecutive losing season, the Mets made an unorthodox move and handed the front office reins to Van Wagenen, the agent-turned-general manager who used to represent NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, injured slugger Yoenis Cespedes and several other New York players. Van Wagenen went to work upgrading almost every area on the roster as the teams were offseason. He acquired former clients Cano and Lowrie and spent about $ 80 million on free agents. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the Mets wisely acknowledged they had many holes to fill, so they spread that money and focused on building depth and versatility. The end of an ineffective bullpen is getting a much-needed makeover, with the return of the Familia (Diaz), who led the majors with 57 saves last season. New York also assumed $ 100 million of the $ 120 million owed to Cano over the next five years, the club shed in sending Bruce and Swarzak to Seattle as part of the blockbuster trade that also netted Diaz. Now, well-armed with deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler atop a formidable rotation, the Mets believe they're legitimate contenders again, even though Cespedes is not expected to be back from surgery until both at least mid-July. Tim Tebow and potential talks on a multiyear contract for deGrom. Power-hitting prospect Peter Alonso tries to win the first base job and catcher Travis d'Arnaud – now second string behind Ramos – looks to return from Tommy John surgery. Jeff McNeil, an impressive rookie last season, and Broxton could compete with Juan Lagares for playing time in the center. New bench coach Jim Riggleman and hitting instructor Chili Davis join Callaway's staff.


Miami Marlins

Manager: Don Mattingly (fourth season).

2018: 63-98, fifth place.

Training Town: Jupiter, Florida.

Park: Roger Dean Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 13/18.

He's Here: C Jorge Alfaro, INF Neil Walker, OF Curtis Granderson, 1B Pedro Alvarez, OF Victor Victor Mesa, 3B Deven Marrero, RHP Austin Brice, RF Gabriel Guerrero.

He's Outta Here: C J.T. Realmuto, INF-OF Derek Dietrich, RHP Kyle Barraclough, RHP Nick Wittgren, LHP Dillon Peters.

Going campin ': There will be plenty of scrambling for playing time, and the only jobs that are not open at the top of the rotation (Jose Urena), second base (Starlin Castro) and catcher (Alfaro, acquired from the Phillies in the Realmuto trade). Brian Anderson was one of the last few years as a rookie, and Mattingly must decide whether to play him at the third base or in the right field. Platooning is the likely result at several positions. Derek Jeter's group bought in the team in late 2017. He will be looking forward to seeing his team in late 2017. Matting's will be the most interesting spring task as he evaluates a group of young, promising arms that includes Pablo Lopez, Sandy Alcantara, Caleb Smith and Trevor Richards. The Marlins also need to find out how much veterans such as Walker, Granderson and 3B. Martin Prado have left.


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