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Spring training NL capsules

The Associated Press

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

Atlanta Braves

Manager: Brian Snitker (fifth season).

2019: 97-65, first place, lost to Cardinals in Division Series.

Training Town: North Port, Florida.

Park: CoolToday Park.

First Workout: Feb. 13/18.

He’s Here: LF Marcell Ozuna, C Travis d’Arnaud, LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Will Smith, RHP Felix Hernandez.

He’s Outta Here: 3B Josh Donaldson, LHP Dallas Keuchel, RHP Julio Teheran, C Brian McCann, OF Matt Joyce, RHP Anthony Swarzak, RHP Josh Tomlin, LHP Jerry Blevins, OF Billy Hamilton, C Francisco Cervelli.

Going campin’: The Braves are coming off their second straight NL East title, led by one of baseball’s brightest young stars. In his first full season in the big leagues, 22-year-old OF Ronald Acuna Jr. hit 41 homers, led the league with 127 runs and tallied 37 stolen bases to become the second-youngest member of the 30-30 club behind Mike Trout. Acuna, 2B Ozzie Albies (24 HRs, 86 RBIs) and 1B Freddie Freeman (38 HRs, 121 RBIs) are a dynamic trio at the top of the order. The Braves took a big loss in free agency when cleanup hitter Josh Donaldson departed for Minnesota, but Ozuna (29 HRs, 89 RBIs with St. Louis) has the potential to fill the void. Perhaps the biggest issue in spring training will be deciding on Donaldson’s replacement at third base: Johan Camargo or Austin Riley. The pitching staff appears largely set beyond settling on a fifth starter and locking down someone to finish games. The Braves signed Smith (34 saves with San Francisco) to join Mark Melancon, who ended 2019 as the closer and will apparently get first crack at keeping the job. The Braves will be in new digs this spring, moving to Florida’s Gulf Coast after spending the last 21 years at the Disney World complex near Orlando.

Washington Nationals

Manager: Dave Martinez (third season).

2019: 93-69, second place, wild card, World Series champions.

Training Town: West Palm Beach, Florida.

Park: FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

First Workout: Feb. 13/18.

He’s Here: RHP Will Harris, 1B Eric Thames, INF Starlin Castro, RHP Kyle Finnegan, RHP Ryne Harper.

He’s Outta Here: 3B Anthony Rendon, 2B Brian Dozier, 1B Matt Adams, OF Gerardo Parra.

Going campin’: With the notable exception of Rendon, the Nationals are mostly the same group that finally came through in the postseason, winning the ex-Expos franchise’s first World Series title — and the first for the nation’s capital since 1924 — by beating Houston in seven games. They did it as a wild-card team that was a disaster early in the season, falling to 19-31 after a May 23 loss completed a four-game sweep at the Mets. Martinez told his players to “go 1-0 today” and to “stay in the fight” and it worked: Washington was the first team in more than a century to fall 12 games below .500 and finish with 93 wins or more. A loose clubhouse atmosphere fostered by Parra and other veterans — Washington had the oldest roster in the majors — combined with as good a starting rotation as anyone and an ability to generate offense when it was needed to erase deficits. The Nationals hope the same formula works in 2020. That starting staff is back intact, with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin leading the way. Washington will go as far as that group takes it. The biggest question throughout 2019 will be one of the two biggest story lines to watch this year: What is going to happen with the bullpen? The worst relief corps in the NL got help at the trade deadline, primarily from righty Daniel Hudson, and he is back again, along with lefty Sean Doolittle, plus GM Mike Rizzo’s most important offseason addition, Harris. The other significant doubt for Washington: Who will fill the gap left by Rendon at third base and the middle of the lineup? Sounds as though rookie Carter Kieboom will get a shot, and Martinez also can turn to Castro and Asdrubal Cabrera to play third.

New York Mets

Manager: Luis Rojas (first season).

2019: 86-76, third place.

Training Town: Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Park: Clover Park.

First Workout: Feb. 12/17.

He’s Here: RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Michael Wacha, OF Jake Marisnick, LHP Stephen Gonsalves, 1B Matt Adams, INF Eduardo Nunez, RHP Erasmo Ramirez, LHP Chasen Shreve, OF Jarrett Parker, OF Ryan Cordell, SS Max Moroff, RHP Rob Whalen.

He’s Outta Here: Manager Mickey Callaway, Manager Carlos Beltran, RHP Zack Wheeler, 3B Todd Frazier, CF Juan Lagares, LHP Luis Avilan, 2B Joe Panik, OF Rajai Davis, RHP Chris Mazza, RHP Chris Flexen, RHP Drew Gagnon, INF Sam Haggerty.

Going campin’: After changing managers twice during a tumultuous offseason and scrapping the proposed sale of a controlling share of the team to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen, the Mets are surely eager to shift some focus back to the field. Callaway was fired and initially replaced by Beltran, who lasted just 21⁄2 months and never managed a game. The former slugger was let go days after being implicated in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, and New York pivoted in January to the 38-year-old Rojas — the son of longtime major league player and manager Felipe Alou, and brother of six-time All-Star Moises Alou. Rojas was elevated from quality control coach after only one season in a big league dugout. But he has eight years of experience managing in the minors as high as Double-A and is popular among Mets who played for him on the way up. Now, he takes over a team expecting to win in a rugged division that includes World Series champion Washington. Playoff optimism starts with Jacob deGrom, winner of consecutive Cy Young Awards, and Pete Alonso, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year after leading the majors with a rookie-record 53 homers last season. Four prominent pitchers on the staff grew up in the New York metropolitan area: Porcello, Betances, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz. Porcello, the 2016 AL Cy Young winner, replaces Wheeler in the rotation after he signed with the rival Phillies. If all the starters are healthy, Wacha or Matz could get bumped into a problematic bullpen that appears deeper this year. The 6-foot-8 Betances, a four-time All-Star with the crosstown Yankees, can make a huge difference if healthy — shoulder, lat and Achilles tendon injuries limited him to one appearance last year. New York is also counting on bounce-back seasons from closer Edwin Diaz, starter Noah Syndergaard, reliever Jeurys Familia and 37-year-old second baseman Robinson Cano. J.D. Davis and All-Star Jeff McNeil are likely to get work at both third base and left field this spring. Minor leaguer Tim Tebow, the former star quarterback, returns to big league camp as the finishing touches are put on a $57 million renovation of the complex and Mets ownership looks for another buyer. Still, all eyes will be on enigmatic slugger Yoenis Cespedes as he attempts his comeback from a long injury layoff.

Philadelphia Phillies

Manager: Joe Girardi (first season).

2019: 81-81, fourth place.

Training Town: Clearwater, Florida.

Park: Spectrum Field.

First Workout: Feb. 12/17.

He’s Here: Manager Joe Girardi, RHP Zack Wheeler, SS Didi Gregorius, LHP Francisco Liriano, RHP Bud Norris, INF Josh Harrison, INF Neil Walker, RHP Drew Storen, INF Ronald Torreyes, OF Matt Szczur, C Christian Bethancourt, OF Nick Martini, INF Logan Forsythe, RHP Anthony Swarzak, RHP Trevor Kelley.

He’s Outta Here: Manager Gabe Kapler, 2B Cesar Hernandez, 3B Maikel Franco, OF Corey Dickerson, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Blake Parker, RHP Pat Neshek, RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jerad Eickhoff, RHP Mike Morin, RHP Jared Hughes, INF-OF Sean Rodriguez, INF-OF Brad Miller, 1B Logan Morrison.

Going campin’: The Phillies didn’t live up to lofty expectations following the arrival of Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and other high-profile players last season. The team’s failure to reach the playoffs for the eighth straight year cost Kapler his job after only two seasons. Girardi arrives with a winning pedigree, having led the Yankees to three AL East titles, six postseason appearances and a World Series championship. The additions of Wheeler and Gregorius in free agency help, but the Phillies still have several question marks in the bullpen and the starting rotation. Left fielder Andrew McCutchen returns from a knee injury that ended his season last June and coincided with the team’s decline after the Phillies led the division for two months. Realmuto was an All-Star and Harper rebounded nicely after a slow first half. Wheeler teams with Aaron Nola to give the Phillies a solid 1-2 punch in the rotation. A declining Jake Arrieta will have a spot because he’s making $20 million. Inconsistent righties Zach Eflin, Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta will compete for the final two spots. Former first-round pick Adam Haseley gets a shot to prove he can be the everyday center fielder, and Scott Kingery will likely be the third baseman with Jean Segura moving from shortstop to second to make room for Gregorius.

Miami Marlins

Manager: Don Mattingly (fifth season).

2019: 57-105, fifth place.

Training Town: Jupiter, Florida.

Park: Roger Dean Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 12/17.

He’s Here: INF-OF Jonathan Villar, 1B Jesus Aguilar, LF Corey Dickerson, RHP Brandon Kintzler, OF Matt Joyce, C Francisco Cervelli.

He’s Outta Here: 2B Starlin Castro, LF Curtis Granderson, INF Neil Walker, LF Austin Dean, C Bryan Holaday, RHP Tayron Guerrero, RHP Tyler Kinley, LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

Going campin’: Mattingly has been with the Marlins longer than any of his players, and the roster turnover is dramatic again this year as they enter Year 3 of a rebuilding effort under executive Derek Jeter. Mattingly will spend spring training sorting out prospects for a rotation that should be the team’s strength. He also must figure out who will play where, because Villar, Brian Anderson, Garrett Cooper and Jon Berti can all play the infield or outfield. The Marlins should be better but are probably still a year or more away from their first winning season since 2009.

St. Louis Cardinals

Manager: Mike Shildt (third season).

2019: 91-71, first place, lost to Nationals in NLCS.

Training Town: Jupiter, Florida.

Park: Roger Dean Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 12/17.

He’s Here: LHP Matthew Liberatore, C Matt Wieters, LHP Kwang-Hyun Kim.

He’s Outta Here: OF Marcell Ozuna, RF Jose Martinez, LF Randy Arozarena, RHP Dominic Leone.

Going campin’: The Cardinals return largely intact after getting swept in the NLCS by World Series champion Washington. The biggest competition throughout the spring will be in the outfield, where only Dexter Fowler has a position locked up — mostly because of his contract. Center fielder Harrison Bader probably has another spot under control, and that leaves Tyler O’Neill, Lane Thomas and top prospect Dylan Carlson competing for the last job. In the rotation, Kim is the front-runner to join Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, Miles Mikolas and Adam Wainwright. St. Louis won’t get reliever Jordan Hicks back from Tommy John surgery until midseason, so look for Carlos Martinez to handle the closing duties after doing an effective job down the stretch last season.

Milwaukee Brewers

Manager: Craig Counsell (sixth season).

2019: 89-73, second place, lost to Nationals in wild-card game.

Training Town: Phoenix.

Park: Maryvale Baseball Park.

First Workout: Feb. 13/18.

He’s Here: LHP Brett Anderson, OF Avisail Garcia, 1B Justin Smoak, INF Eric Sogard, INF Jedd Gyorko, C Omar Narvaez, RHP Josh Lindblom, 1B Logan Morrison, INF Luis Urias, LHP Eric Lauer, RHP David Phelps, INF Ryon Healy.

He’s Outta Here: C Yasmani Grandal, INF Mike Moustakas, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Jordan Lyles, LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Chase Anderson, 1B Eric Thames, RHP Zach Davies, RF Trent Grisham, RHP Jimmy Nelson, INF Travis Shaw.

Going campin’: The new-look Brewers might need some name tags for the first few days of spring training. The roster has a much different feel after Milwaukee dropped a dramatic wild-card game at Washington in its second consecutive playoff appearance. Garcia signed a $20 million, two-year contract in December after he batted .282 with a career-high 20 homers for Tampa Bay last season. His addition means Ryan Braun could see more time at first base. Narvaez takes over behind the plate after Grandal signed with the White Sox. Narvaez set career highs with 22 homers, 55 RBIs and a .278 batting average in his only season with Seattle. Anderson, Lindblom and Lauer are expected to help fill out the rotation behind Brandon Woodruff, who went 11-3 with a 3.62 ERA last year and made the All-Star team for the first time. While the departure of Moustakas, who stayed in the NL Central when he signed with Cincinnati as a free agent, leaves a big hole at third base, Christian Yelich is back after he missed the end of last season with a fractured right kneecap. The All-Star outfielder batted .329 with 44 homers, 97 RBIs and 30 stolen bases after winning the NL MVP award in 2018.

Chicago Cubs

Manager: David Ross (first season).

2019: 84-78, third place.

Training Town: Mesa, Arizona.

Park: Sloan Park.

First Workout: Feb. 12/17.

He’s Here: Manager David Ross, RHP Casey Sadler, RHP Ryan Tepera, RHP Dan Winkler, RHP Jharel Cotton, LHP CD Pelham, RHP Jeremy Jeffress, OF Steven Souza Jr.

He’s Outta Here: Manager Joe Maddon, 2B/SS Addison Russell, LHP Cole Hamels, INF/OF Ben Zobrist, RHP Pedro Strop, OF Nicholas Castellanos, LHP Derek Holland, C Jonathan Lucroy, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Xavier Cedeno, INF-OF Tony Kemp, RHP David Phelps, RHP Tony Barnette, RHP Kendall Graveman, LHP Danny Hultzen.

Going campin’: The Cubs missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2014. They replaced Maddon with Ross, the popular backup catcher for the 2016 World Series champions, hoping a different voice can spark a team that has declined the past three years. But when it comes to the roster, there have been no major additions. The big question is how much longer Kris Bryant will remain with the team. The 2016 NL MVP is a potential trade candidate because he’s due to hit the free-agent market in two years and the Cubs risk losing him for basically nothing in return. Bryant’s service-time grievance hovered over the Cubs’ quiet offseason and complicated any potential deals. But they got some clarity last week when an arbitrator ruled in their favor. The decision means Bryant will remain under club control for two more years rather than become a free agent after the 2020 season. Bryant, catcher Willson Contreras, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Javier Baez all could become free agents in the next few years if they don’t agree to contract extensions.

Cincinnati Reds

Manager: David Bell (second season).

2019: 75-87, fourth place.

Training Town: Goodyear, Arizona.

Park: Goodyear Ballpark.

First Workout: Feb. 15/18.

He’s Here: 2B Mike Moustakas, OF Nick Castellanos, OF Shogo Akiyama, LHP Wade Miley, RHP Pedro Strop.

He’s Outta Here: SS Jose Iglesias, 2B Jose Peraza, LHP Alex Wood, RHP Kevin Gausman.

Going campin’: The Reds are seen as a contender again after one of the busiest — and most expensive — offseasons in the majors. They spent more than $160 million on four high-profile free agents, giving out the two biggest free-agent contracts in club history in an attempt to break their streak of six losing seasons. Cincinnati tried to do it by relying on young players during a major rebuild, but did an about-face and went after veteran talent in the offseason. Moustakas ($64 million, four years), Castellanos ($64 million, four years with opt-outs) and Akiyama ($21 million, three years) will significantly upgrade an offense that was near the bottom of the National League in runs. Miley ($15 million, two years) provides a left-hander for an already solid rotation. The Reds think their lineup is balanced and deep enough to compete in the NL Central, where there is no dominant team. Bell’s biggest challenge in spring training will be deciding how all the pieces fit. The Reds have a crowded outfield with center fielder Nick Senzel returning from shoulder surgery and Aristides Aquino, Jesse Winker and Phillip Ervin also back. The team had a temporary setback when third baseman Eugenio Suarez needed surgery on his throwing shoulder Jan. 29. He’ll be limited in spring training but is expected to be ready to play around the start of the season.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Manager: Derek Shelton (first season).

2019: 69-93, fifth place.

Training Town: Bradenton, Florida.

Park: Lecom Park.

First Workout: Feb. 12/17.

He’s Here: Manager Derek Shelton, C Luke Maile, 1B Will Craig, SS JT Riddle, LHP Derek Holland, LHP Robbie Erlin, C John Ryan Murphy, C Andrew Susac, OF Charles Tilson.

He’s Outta Here: Manager Clint Hurdle, CF Starling Marte, C Elias Diaz, OF Melky Cabrera, RHP Dario Agrazal.

Going campin’: The Pirates underwent a massive leadership overhaul after sinking to the bottom of the NL Central. The architects of the club’s renaissance in the middle of the last decade — manager Clint Hurdle, general manager Neal Huntington and president Frank Coonelly — were all fired following a 25-48 second half that featured a series of embarrassing off-the-field incidents, including the arrest of All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez on felony charges stemming from an improper sexual relationship with a minor. New general manager Ben Cherington has stressed the need to bring in more talent, though the Pirates were largely bystanders during the offseason, their most notable move sending center fielder Starling Marte to Arizona for two 19-year-old prospects. Additions at the major league level were few. Marte’s departure leaves an outfield spot open as Pittsburgh figures out who will join Bryan Reynolds and Gregory Polanco. Reynolds, who finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting .314, could play center or left. Polanco’s surgically repaired left shoulder finally appears to be ready to let him return to right field after a start/stop 2019. The catcher’s spot is wide open. Jacob Stallings has proven solid defensively and an astute game caller, but his limited offensive production means Maile, Murphy and Susac should all get long looks during the spring. The starting rotation needs depth with ace Jameson Taillon out for the year while recovering from a second Tommy John surgery. The Pirates took a flyer by inviting Holland to camp. He will attempt to beat out Mitch Keller for the fifth spot. The highly touted Keller struggled in his rookie season, going 1-5 with a 7.13 ERA. Though Vazquez is out, Keone Kela gives Pittsburgh a proven option at closer. Third base prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes will get a chance to push Colin Moran. The only truly set piece in the lineup is at first base, where Josh Bell is coming off his first All-Star appearance.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Manager: Dave Roberts (fifth season).

2019: 106-56, first place, lost to Nationals in Division Series.

Training Town: Glendale, Arizona.

Park: Camelback Ranch.

First Workout: Feb. 14/18.

He’s Here: OF Mookie Betts, LHP David Price, LHP Alex Wood, RHP Blake Treinen, RHP Jimmy Nelson, 2B Clayton Daniel.

He’s Outta Here: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, RHP Kenta Maeda, LHP Rich Hill, OF Joc Pederson, OF Alex Verdugo, 1B David Freese, RHP Yimi Garcia, 3B Jedd Gyorko, C Russell Martin, RHP JT Chargois, 2B Kristopher Negron.

Going campin’: In what’s become a familiar refrain, the Dodgers arrive at camp still looking for their first World Series championship since 1988. After losing in two straight World Series, they were ousted by Washington in five games in the NL Division Series last fall. After coming up short in bids to land 3B Anthony Rendon, RHP Gerrit Cole and RHP Stephen Strasburg this winter, the Dodgers engineered a blockbuster acquisition a week before camp that was set to land them Betts, the 2018 AL MVP, and Price from Boston. As part of a three-team trade that still had not been announced, the Dodgers agreed to send Verdugo to the Red Sox and Maeda to Minnesota. Their biggest area of need is the bullpen, which was second in the NL with 29 blown saves last season. Closer Kenley Jansen is coming off an inconsistent 2019, when home runs and walks were big problems for him. The 32-year-old right-hander is also showing signs of declining velocity. The Dodgers signed Treinen to a $10 million, one-year deal, gambling that he can rebound from shoulder and back problems that bothered him last season and return to the All-Star form he showed in Oakland in 2018. The rotation is anchored by RHP Walker Buehler and LHP Clayton Kershaw. With Maeda on his way out and Ryu off to Toronto, the other three spots are up for grabs. Wood returns to Los Angeles, where he was a starter and an All-Star in 2017. Last year’s starters led the majors with a 3.37 ERA. Offensively, the Dodgers boast a powerful lineup led by Betts and NL MVP Cody Bellinger, who hit .379 through the first two months of the season before tailing off to .262 the rest of the way. The rest of the offense that hit the most home runs (279) in the NL is back, too. The farm system is loaded with its usual blue-chip talent, led by 2B Gavin Lux and RHP Dustin May, who both spent time at the big league level last year.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Manager: Torey Lovullo (fourth season).

2019: 85-77, second place.

Training Town: Scottsdale, Arizona.

Park: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

First Workout: Feb. 12/17.

He’s Here: LHP Madison Bumgarner, OF Starling Marte, OF Kole Calhoun, C Stephen Vogt, RHP Junior Guerra, RHP Hector Rondon.

He’s Outta Here: OF Adam Jones, C Alex Avila, OF Jarrod Dyson, INF Wilmer Flores, C Caleb Joseph, RHP Matt Andriese, OF Steven Souza Jr., RHP Taijuan Walker, LHP T.J. McFarland, RHP Yoshihisa Hirano.

Going campin’: The Diamondbacks had a promising 85-win season last year but are still struggling to close the gap on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won 106 games and captured the NL West title for a seventh straight season. Arizona has a promising core that includes Ketel Marte, Eduardo Escobar and Nick Ahmed in the lineup, and Robbie Ray, Luke Weaver and Archie Bradley on the pitching staff. The D-backs were surprisingly active in the free-agent market, adding Bumgarner on an $85 million, five-year deal. They also added Calhoun, Vogt and relievers Rondon and Guerra. The D-backs should have depth and that could lead to some interesting battles for spots on the 26-man roster. Arizona would also like to figure out a full-time spot for Marte, who split time between center field and second base last season. The D-backs traded for Marte, who could man center and push Marte back to the infield. Bradley enters spring training as the closer after a career-high 18 saves in 2019 but will face competition.

San Francisco Giants

Manager: Gabe Kapler (first season).

2019: 77-85, third place.

Training Town: Scottsdale, Arizona.

Park: Scottsdale Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 12/17.

He’s Here: Manager Gabe Kapler, RHP Kevin Gausman, RHP Tyson Ross, LHP Drew Smyly, 1B-OF Darin Ruf, SS Will Wilson, LHP Tyler Anderson, LHP Jerry Blevins, INF Kean Wong.

He’s Outta Here: Manager Bruce Bochy, LHP Madison Bumgarner, LHP Will Smith, CF Kevin Pillar, C Stephen Vogt, LHP Fernando Abad, OF Mike Gerber.

Going campin’: It’s a new era in San Francisco with Bochy retiring after 13 seasons and three World Series titles for the franchise. Longtime ace Bumgarner also left in free agency as the Giants are in the midst of a rebuilding stage in the second year under team president Farhan Zaidi. The Giants made few impact moves this offseason as they try to avoid matching a franchise worst with four straight losing seasons. The team has only done that twice in the modern era: 2005-08 and 1974-77. San Francisco brought back fan favorite Pablo Sandoval on a minor league deal and is hoping for a healthy season from starter Johnny Cueto. He made four starts late last season following a 13-month recovery from Tommy John surgery. Perhaps the biggest focus this spring could be on Alyssa Nakken, who became the first female coach on a major league staff.

Colorado Rockies

Manager: Bud Black (fourth season).

2019: 71-91, fourth place.

Training Town: Scottsdale, Arizona.

Park: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Here’s Here: RHP Tyler Kinley, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, INF Chris Owings.

He’s Outta Here: RHP Chad Bettis, LHP Tyler Anderson, RHP Seunghwan Oh, 1B-OF Yonder Alonso.

Going campin’: The team made no major moves in free agency over the winter to improve after a dismal season. That was a source of irritation for All-Star slugger and Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado, who said he felt disrespected by the front office after his name was floated in trade rumors. Arenado finished last season third in the NL in hits (185) and total bases (343), fifth in batting average (.315) and tied for fifth in homers (41). The Rockies locked up shortstop Trevor Story in January by signing him to a two-year, $27.5 million deal that avoided arbitration. Story remains eligible to become a free agent following the 2021 World Series. The team also signed reliever Scott Oberg, who was eligible for arbitration before reaching a $13 million, three-year deal. He could be the closer heading into the season if Wade Davis doesn’t rediscover his form. The Rockies went to the postseason in 2017 and ’18 before turning in a clunker. They’re relying on turnaround seasons from starter Kyle Freeland and relievers Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee. Freeland went 3-11 with a 6.73 ERA in a turbulent season that included a stint in the minor leagues to work on his mechanics. This after he finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2018.

San Diego Padres

Manager: Jayce Tingler (first season).

2019: 70-92, fifth place.

Training Town: Peoria, Arizona.

Park: Peoria Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 13/18.

He’s Here: Manager Jayce Tingler, 2B Jurickson Profar, LF Tommy Pham, RF Trent Grisham, RHP Zach Davies, LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Pierce Johnson.

He’s Outta Here: Manager Andy Green, INF Luis Urias, LHP Eric Lauer, OF Hunter Renfroe.

Going campin’: The ever-rebuilding Padres will be opening spring training fresh off failing to land 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox. Instead, Betts was headed to the division rival Dodgers in a deal that was agreed to but hadn’t been announced yet. Betts would have added more luster to an offense that once again finished near the bottom in the majors in several offensive categories. The Padres did trade with Tampa Bay for Pham, who is expected to give them more offense and intensity. They also bolstered the rotation and got a left-handed bat when they traded with Milwaukee for Davies and Grisham. In another major move, they signed Pomeranz, who turned two stellar months in Milwaukee’s bullpen into a $34 million, four-year deal. The major battles in spring will be for rotation spots behind Chris Paddack, Garrett Richards and Dinelson Lamet, and in the bullpen. The team will also look to keep shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. healthy. The phenom’s rookie season was cut short when he missed the final 1Ç months with a stress reaction in his lower back. Tatis also missed a month early in the season with a hamstring injury. San Diego hopes $300 million slugger Manny Machado has a more productive season than 2019. Tingler, a rookie manager, takes over a team trying for its first winning season since 2010 and first playoff appearance since 2006.

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