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The Daily Chop: Spring Training nearing, free agency notes and more

Pitchers and catchers report this week!

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The start of Spring Training is coming up this week and things were pretty quiet for the Atlanta Braves and the rest of Major League Baseball over the weekend. Slow news days are likely coming to an end with pitchers and catchers slated to report and hold their first workout later this week. The Braves still have not announced their spring training roster and that will likely come in the next couple of days. Additionally, Mike Soroka won his arbitration case and now we will wait to see what happens with Dansby Swanson. Our 2021 season preview will begin on Thursday and will continue through the end of the month. So, if you are new around here as Braves baseball is on the way again.

MLB News

ESPN’s Buster Onlney writes about how the most significant financial cuts in Major League Baseball has been to this winter’s free agent class in terms of guaranteed dollars and the length of deals.

The New York Yankees are reportedly in serious talks with free agent reliever Justin Wilson.

Free agent starter James Paxton is returning to the Pacific Northwest after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners. Paxton will have a base salary of $8.5 million and can increase that total to $10 million through various incentives.

The Mets added veterans Mike Montgomery and Tommy Hunter on a pair of minor league deals that also include invites to big league spring training.

The Oakland A’s bolstered their bullpen adding Yusmeiro Petit and Sergio Romo on a one-year deal pending a physical according to a report by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

This week’s SB Nation Reacts survey asked whether the 2021 MLB season should be shortened with 68 percent of voters responding with no.

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