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 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:
EAST
Philadelphia Phillies
Manager: Charlie Manuel (fourth season).
2007: 89-73, first place.
Training Town: Clearwater, Fla.
Park: Bright House Networks Field.
First Workout: Feb. 14/Feb. 19.
He's Here: RHP Brad Lidge, 3B Pedro Feliz, OF Geoff Jenkins, OF So Taguchi, INF Eric Bruntlett, RHP Chad Durbin.
He's Outta Here: OF Aaron Rowand, OF Michael Bourn, 2B Tadahito Iguchi, RHP Geoff Geary, INF Abraham Nunez, RHP Jon Lieber, RHP Freddy Garcia.
loss of All-Star CF Rowand might be tougher to fill in the clubhouse than on the field. Rowand's leadership will be missed, but the additions of Jenkins and Feliz should make up for his offensive production. The most significant offseason move came early when the team acquired closer Lidge from Houston and shifted RHP Brett Myers back into the rotation. Myers prefers closing and had success in his first season in that role, but he gives the Phillies a solid 1-2 punch atop the rotation with All-Star Cole Hamels. Barring injuries, the position players are set. There could be competition for the fifth spot in the rotation if Adam Eaton, a free-agent bust last year, doesn't improve after a terrible season. Until the Mets acquired two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, the Phillies might have been favorites to repeat as division champs. It should be a tight race down to the end again.
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New York Mets
Manager: Willie Randolph (fourth season).
2007: 88-74, second place.
Training Town: Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Park: Tradition Field.
First Workout: Feb. 16/Feb. 20.
He's Here: LHP Johan Santana, C Brian Schneider, RF Ryan Church, OF Angel Pagan, RHP Matt Wise, RHP Ruddy Lugo, RHP Brian Stokes, RHP Steven Register, LHP Ricardo Rincon.
p Humber, OF-INF David Newhan, C Sandy Alomar Jr., 1B-OF Jeff Conine, C Mike DiFelice, LHP Dave Williams.
Martinez must get ready after missing most of last season following shoulder surgery. One guy to watch is RHP Mike Pelfrey, the ninth overall pick in the 2005 draft. He is No. 6 in a five-man rotation for now, but figures to get his chance. He was 3-8 with a 5.57 ERA last year, but general manager Omar Minaya is certain Pelfrey is ready to emerge. This is the team's final year at Shea Stadium before moving into a new ballpark, Citi Field.
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Atlanta Braves
Manager: Bobby Cox (19th season of current tenure, 23rd with Braves overall).
2007: 84-78, third place.
Training Town: Kissimmee, Fla.
Park: The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
First Workout: Feb. 14/Feb. 20.
He's Here: LHP Tom Glavine, CF Mark Kotsay, RHP Jair Jurrjens, LHP Will Ohman, OF Josh Anderson, C Javy Lopez, INF Omar Infante.
He's Outta Here: CF Andruw Jones, SS Edgar Renteria, INF Willy Aybar, OF Willie Harris, RHP Jose Ascanio, RHP Lance Cormier, INF Pete Orr, RHP Oscar Villarreal, RHP Chad Paronto.
a to Detroit, makes the rotation, possibly pushing Chuck James to the fifth spot. The defense obviously will miss Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove winner - especially if Mark Kotsay's 2007 back problems resurface. The Braves hope Kotsay can fill in for one season while top prospect Jordan Schafer, who hasn't played above Class-A, spends another year in the minors. If Kotsay is hurting, Josh Anderson could start in center field. Rafael Soriano will have his first chance as the full-time closer.
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Washington Nationals
Manager: Manny Acta (second season).
2007: 73-89, fourth place.
Training Town: Viera, Fla.
Park: Space Coast Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 17/Feb. 22.
He's Here: C Paul Lo Duca, C Johnny Estrada, INF Aaron Boone, OF Lastings Milledge, OF Elijah Dukes, OF Rob Mackowiak, OF Willie Harris, RHP Tyler Clippard.
He's Outta Here: C Brian Schneider, OF Ryan Church, 1B-C Robert Fick, OF Nook Logan, INF Tony Batista, INF D'Angelo Jimenez, RHP Jason Simontacchi, RHP Jonathan Albaladejo.
e strong bullpen but means there are plenty of questions about an inexperienced rotation. Other issues heading into camp include: When will 1B Nick Johnson (out all of last season after breaking his right leg in September 2006) be ready? How can Johnson and 1B Dmitri Young both find playing time? Which two of SS Cristian Guzman, 2B Ronnie Belliard and 2B-SS Felipe Lopez will start? Will Dukes stay out of trouble?
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Florida Marlins
Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (second season).
2007: 71-91, fifth place.
Training Town: Jupiter, Fla.
Park: Roger Dean Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 18/Feb. 21.
He's Here: LHP Andrew Miller, CF Cameron Maybin, OF Luis Gonzalez, C Mike Rabelo, LHP Mark Hendrickson, INF Dallas McPherson, INF Jose Castillo, INF Jorge Cantu.
He's Outta Here: 3B Miguel Cabrera, LHP Dontrelle Willis, 1B Aaron Boone, RHP Armando Benitez, OF Joe Borchard, OF Reggie Abercrombie.
ewcomers Maybin and Rabelo also have a chance to win starting jobs. The Marlins still have five everyday starters who were part of a banner rookie class in 2006, but Cabrera's departure leaves a huge void in the middle of the lineup. Florida might be hard-pressed to match last year's 71-win total.
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CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs
Manager: Lou Piniella (second season).
2007: 85-77, first place.
Training Town: Mesa, Ariz.
Park: Fitch Park, HoHoKam Park.
First Workout: Feb. 13/Feb. 18.
He's Here: OF Kosuke Fukudome, RHP Jon Lieber, RHP Jose Ascanio.
He's Outta Here: OF Jacque Jones, OF Cliff Floyd, LHP Will Ohman, C Jason Kendall, OF Craig Monroe, OF Angel Pagan, RHP Mark Prior.
y Wood a top setup man. The Cubs must avoid last season's slow start that dropped them 8 1/2 games back in June before overtaking Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee Brewers
Manager: Ned Yost (sixth season).
2007: 83-79, second place.
Training Town: Phoenix.
Park: Maryvale Baseball Park.
First Workout: Feb. 17/Feb. 23.
He's Here: RHP Eric Gagne, CF Mike Cameron, C Jason Kendall, RHP David Riske, RHP Salomon Torres, RHP Guillermo Mota, LHP Randy Choate, C Eric Munson, OF Gabe Kapler, INF Abraham Nunez.
He's Outta Here: RHP Francisco Cordero, LF Geoff Jenkins, C Johnny Estrada, 3B Corey Koskie, LHP Ray King, RHP Scott Linebrink, RHP Matt Wise, INF Tony Graffanino, OF Kevin Mench, C Damian Miller.
ned-third baseman-turned-center fielder moves back to third to make room for Cameron. The club says the switch will be immediate, but with Cameron serving a 25-game suspension for a banned stimulant to start the year, what if Tony Gwynn Jr. breaks through and becomes the best option there? The oft-injured Gagne takes over the closer's role from Cordero, who cashed in with the Reds, and there are five new bullpen arms to support holdovers Derrick Turnbow and Brian Shouse.
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St. Louis Cardinals
Manager: Tony La Russa (13th season).
2007: 78-84, third place.
Training Town: Jupiter, Fla.
Park: Roger Dean Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 15/Feb. 19.
He's Here: 3B Troy Glaus, RHP Matt Clement, SS Cesar Izturis, C Jason LaRue, OF Brian Barton.
He's Outta Here: 3B Scott Rolen, CF Jim Edmonds, SS David Eckstein, RHP Kip Wells, OF So Taguchi, C Gary Bennett, LHP Mike Maroth, RHP Troy Percival.
eplace Eckstein, the 2006 World Series MVP, with Brendan Ryan pushing after his strong rookie season.
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Houston Astros
Manager: Cecil Cooper (first full season).
2007: 73-89, fourth place.
Training Town: Kissimmee, Fla.
Park: Osceola County Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 14/Feb. 19.
He's Here: SS Miguel Tejada, 2B Kaz Matsui, CF Michael Bourn, INF Geoff Blum, OF Darin Erstad, RHP Doug Brocail, RHP Geoff Geary, RHP Jose Valverde, RHP Oscar Villareal.
He's Outta Here: SS Adam Everett, RHP Brad Lidge, RF Luke Scott, INF Eric Bruntlett, RHP Matt Albers, LHP Troy Patton, INF Chris Burke, RHP Chad Qualls, RHP Juan Gutierrez.
e Caribbean World Series and expects him to show up at spring training on time. Bourn, a Houston native, will likely lead off and give the Astros a base-stealing threat they lacked last season. The switch-hitting Matsui replaces stalwart 2B Craig Biggio and could be an offensive upgrade - he hit .288 in 2007 and Biggio hit .251. Slugger Lance Berkman shook off a slow start to hit .278 with 34 homers in 2007 and LF Carlos Lee batted .303 with 32 homers, matching a career high. Behind RHP Roy Oswalt, the rotation remains suspect. RHP Brandon Backe went 3-1 late last season after coming back from Tommy John surgery. LHP Wandy Rodriguez and RHP Woody Williams went a combined 17-28 in 2007. The bullpen, inconsistent since Houston won the pennant in 2005, got a major facelift. Valverde, who led the majors with 47 saves in 2007, replaces Lidge as Houston's closer. Brocail, who pitched for the Astros in the mid-1990s, had a 3.05 ERA in 67 relief appearances for San Diego last season.
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Cincinnati Reds
Manager: Dusty Baker (first season).
2007: 72-90, fifth place.
Training Town: Sarasota, Fla.
Park: Ed Smith Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 17/Feb. 20.
He's Here: RHP Francisco Cordero, RHP Edinson Volquez, LHP Jeremy Affeldt, LHP Kent Mercker.
He's Outta Here: Interim manager Pete Mackanin, OF Josh Hamilton, LHP Eddie Guardado, LHP Eric Milton.
nchise out of its doldrums: seven straight losing seasons. Owner Bob Castellini also hired Walt Jocketty, a friend and former Cardinals GM, as adviser, putting GM Wayne Krivsky in an awkward spot. How they fare will come down to pitching, the team's downfall for years. They signed closer Cordero to a four-year, $46 million deal, hoping to fix a bullpen that had an NL-worst 5.13 ERA and repeatedly failed in the eighth inning. Ex-closer David Weathers (33 saves) can move into an eighth-inning role. The rotation is again a work in progress behind Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo. Volquez, acquired from Texas in a trade for Hamilton, will compete for a spot along with Affeldt, a reliever for Colorado. Top pitching prospect Homer Bailey will be expected to produce after a nondescript rookie season: 4-2, 5.76 ERA. OF Jay Bruce, another top prospect, will compete for a roster spot.
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Pittsburgh Pirates
Manager: John Russell (first season).
2007: 68-94, sixth place.
Training Town: Bradenton, Fla.
Park: McKechnie Field.
First Workout: Feb. 15/Feb. 20.
He's Here: INF Chris Gomez, RHP Jimmy Barthmaier, LHP Phil Dumatrait, RHP Evan Meek, RHP Ty Taubenheim, OF Kevin Thompson, RHP Jaret Wright.
He's Outta Here: INF Jose Castillo, INF Cesar Izturis, INF Matt Kata, 1B Josh Phelps, RHP Shawn Chacon, RHP Tony Armas, RHP Salomon Torres, LHP Shane Youman.
iver wire.
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WEST
Arizona Diamondbacks
Manager: Bob Melvin (fourth season).
2007: 90-72, first place.
Training Town: Tucson, Ariz.
Park: Tucson Electric Park.
First Workout: Feb. 15/Feb. 20.
He's Here: RHP Dan Haren, RHP Chad Qualls, INF Chris Burke.
He's Outta Here: 1B Tony Clark, RHP Livan Hernandez, RHP Jose Valverde, OF Jeff DaVanon, INF Alberto Callaspo.
st about everybody from their surprise 2007 team that had the NL's best record and beat the Cubs in the division series before being swept by Colorado in the NLCS. They bolstered their rotation greatly by acquiring Haren from Oakland. Brandon Lyon takes over as closer from Valverde, traded to Houston after leading the majors with 47 saves last season. One of the biggest questions this spring is the recovery of INF Chad Tracy from microfracture knee surgery. Just what Melvin will do with Tracy once he's healthy is another issue, since the team has Conor Jackson at first and Mark Reynolds at third. Another question is how 44-year-old LHP Randy Johnson comes back from another back surgery.
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Colorado Rockies
Manager: Clint Hurdle (seventh season).
2007: 90-73, second place, wild card, NL champions.
Training Town: Tucson, Ariz.
Park: Hi Corbett Field.
First Workout: Feb. 16/Feb. 23.
He's Here: OF Scott Podsednik, 2B Marcus Giles, 2B Jayson Nix, RHP Kip Wells, RHP Luis Vizcaino.
He's Outta Here: 2B Kaz Matsui, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, INF Jamey Carroll, RHP Jorge Julio, LHP Jeremy Affeldt.
Stewart, OF Jeff Baker and free agent Giles. Their rotation is set at the top with Jeff Francis, Aaron Cook, who signed a $30 million extension, and Ubaldo Jimenez. Wells, who signed a one-year free-agent contract, is among the candidates for the final two spots, joining Franklin Morales, Jason Hirsh and Mark Redman. Vizcaino replaces Hawkins as a setup man in the bullpen, which was brilliant in the Rockies' run to their first World Series. The Rockies feel fortunate to have re-signed C Yorvit Torrealba, who played a key role in the development of the young staff last year and was set to join the Mets before they pulled the offer off the table. The Rockies didn't make any big splashes in the offseason but did sign SS Troy Tulowitzki to a six-year, $31 million deal, the biggest ever for a second-year player, and signed MVP runner-up Matt Holliday to a $23 million, two-year contract that they hope is the first step toward a long-term deal with their star slugger.
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San Diego Padres
Manager: Bud Black (second season).
2007: 89-74, third place.
Training Town: Peoria, Ariz.
Park: Peoria Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 15/Feb. 20.
He's Here: CF Jim Edmonds, 2B Tadahito Iguchi, LHP Randy Wolf, RHP Mark Prior, INF Robert Fick.
He's Outta Here: LF Milton Bradley, CF Mike Cameron, 2B Marcus Giles, INF Geoff Blum, INF Morgan Ensberg.
taffs in the major leagues, but the big question will be whether their popgun offense can keep the squad in contention after San Diego fell one win short of making the postseason for the third straight year. Jake Peavy was the unanimous NL Cy Young Award winner and got a $52 million, three-year contract extension, the biggest deal in club history. That was the good news. On the flip side, RF Brian Giles is coming off microfracture surgery on his right knee, and Edmonds is coming off a subpar season due to shoulder and toe surgeries - although he is returning to his native Southern California. Wolf is coming off shoulder surgery, but he's ready to go as opposed to Prior, who isn't expected to be ready until mid-to-late May due to shoulder surgery. After winning the West in 2005 and '06, the Padres were passed by Arizona and Colorado. Not only did the Rockies beat the Padres in a 13-inning, wild-card tiebreaker, they made it all the way to the World Series.
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Los Angeles Dodgers
Manager: Joe Torre (first season).
2007: 82-80, fourth place.
Training Town: Vero Beach, Fla.
Park: Holman Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 15/Feb. 20.
He's Here: CF Andruw Jones, C Gary Bennett, RHP Hiroki Kuroda, RHP Chan Ho Park, RHP Tanyon Sturtze.
He's Outta Here: Manager Grady Little, OF Luis Gonzalez, C Mike Lieberthal, RHP D.J. Houlton, RHP Roberto Hernandez, RHP Chin-hui Tsao, LHP Randy Wolf, LHP Mark Hendrickson, LHP David Wells, INF Olmedo Saenz, INF Shea Hillenbrand, INF Mark Sweeney.
Outlook: Torre's hiring should help bring peace to a clubhouse where friction arose during the team's late-season collapse last year. After managing the Yankees to four World Series championships during his 12-year tenure, Torre should command respect from veterans and youngsters alike. The addition of Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, figures to add much-needed power and improved defense. The rotation should be improved with the signing of Japanese star Kuroda and the hoped-for return of RHP Jason Schmidt, who underwent season-ending surgery last June. C Russell Martin became an All-Star last year in his first full big league season, 1B James Loney displayed star potential after being recalled from the minors June 10, and young outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier might be ready to follow suit. Kemp, Ethier and Juan Pierre will compete for the corner outfield spots, and veteran Nomar Garciaparra will battle rookie Andy LaRoche for the third base job. Otherwise, the Dodgers seem pretty set.
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San Francisco Giants
Manager: Bruce Bochy (second season).
2007: 71-91, fifth place.
Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Park: Scottsdale Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 14/Feb. 19.
He's Here: OF Aaron Rowand, RHP Keiichi Yabu.
cott Munter, RHP Russ Ortiz.
Outlook: The post-Bonds era begins in San Francisco after the team decided not to bring back the home run king for a 16th season. That leaves a big void in the middle of the lineup, but also removes a cloud of controversy that has followed the team in recent years. With Bonds gone, the focus in San Francisco is on pitching and defense. An offense that struggled to score with Bonds and Feliz figures to have even more problems this season despite the addition of Rowand. RHPs Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum headline a starting rotation that figures to be the strength of the team for years to come.
 

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