ATLANTA (AP) - Fredi Gonzalez says it's easy to see why he has never been more optimistic at the start of spring training.
With pitchers and catchers reporting Monday, the Braves' manager says he is ``more excited than I've ever been'' to start spring training.
Thanks to offseason moves which added the Upton brothers, B.J. and Justin, to the Braves' outfield, the spring training schedule for Gonzalez could look something like this:
- Check on catcher Brian McCann's rehab from shoulder surgery.
- Update the third-base competition between Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson.
- Take a look at the battle for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
- Play golf.
Gonzalez is confident the Uptons will replace the offense lost when Chipper Jones retired and Michael Bourn was not re-signed.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Angels vs. Marlins Prediction Following their loss to the Marlins last night, will the Angels rebound with a win in Miami today at 4:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Reds vs. Phillies Prediction Can the struggling Phillies get to Reds' starter Bronso Arroyo and pick up a rare win today at 4:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Mariners vs. Red Sox Prediction Will the Mariners and Red Sox matchup today at 4:05PM ET turn into a low-scoring affair for bettors?
Thumbnail Diamondbacks vs. Brewers Prediction Will the Diamondbacks win their sixth straight game when they visit the Brewers at 4:10PM ET?
Thumbnail A's vs. Yankees Prediction Will the over cash today when the Yankees host the A's at 1:05PM ET?

MLB Team Pages