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The Daily Chop: Sean Newcomb to get another chance as a starter

Newcomb will get a chance in spring training to compete for a spot in the rotation.

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Previously this week we discussed the decisions that the Atlanta Braves will have to make in regards to four players with team options. When discussing Julio Teheran, I mentioned that the team would have to consider the 174 innings pitched and how they would go about replacing that should they opt to part ways.

Looking at next season’s potential rotation, only Mike Soroka, Max Fried and Mike Foltynewicz appear to be penciled in. Mark Bowman mentioned another candidate in his latest mailbag saying that the Braves are planning on letting Sean Newcomb compete for a rotation spot in Spring Training.

Newcomb walked 10 batters in just 15 innings as a starter. He walked just 19 more in 53 1/3 as a reliever. If he can carry that into a starting role, then the Braves could have themselves another quality starter that not many people are talking about. That wouldn’t necessarily preclude them from bringing Teheran back since the decision on him will have to be made shortly after the World Series, but it is another option to add to the discussion. Atlanta also has a number of young pitchers that could be ready to claim a rotation spot next season.

That is just some of the backdrop that will go into the decision on whether or not to exercise Teheran’s $12 million option.

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