Manager: Davey Johnson (third season).
2012: 98-64, first place, lost in division series.
Training Town: Viera, Fla.
He’s Here: RHP Rafael Soriano, RHP Dan Haren, CF Denard Span, C Chris Snyder.
He’s Outta Here: LF-1B Michael Morse, RHP Edwin Jackson, LHP Sean Burnett, LHP Mike Gonzalez, LHP John Lannan, C Jesus Flores, INF-OF Mark DeRosa, RHP Chien-Ming Wang.
Going campin’: Stephen Strasburg will be rarin’ to go, no doubt, after his much-debated shutdown late in the 2012 regular season that kept him off Washington’s playoff roster for a division series exit against St. Louis. Same goes for Bryce Harper, the NL Rookie of the Year who, as GM Mike Rizzo put it, is “always going 100 mph with his hair on fire.” To save some wear and tear on the 20-year-old Harper, Rizzo shifted him from center field to left – trading away Morse – and traded for Span to handle center and bat leadoff. One spot worth watching this spring: relief pitching. Washington blew a 6-0 lead in its season-ending Game 5 NLDS loss to the Cardinals, and Rizzo went out and signed Soriano, who stepped in to close for the Yankees last season when Mariano Rivera got injured.
Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (third season).
2012: 94-68, second place, lost wild-card game.
Training Town: Kissimmee, Fla.
He’s Here: CF B.J. Upton, OF Justin Upton, 3B Chris Johnson, C Gerald Laird, RHP Jordan Walden.
He’s Outta Here: 3B Chipper Jones, INF-OF Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Tommy Hanson, RHP Jair Jurrjens, CF Michael Bourn, C David Ross, RHP Chad Durbin, 1B-OF Eric Hinske, RHP Ben Sheets, OF Matt Diaz, RHP Peter Moylan, 1B Lyle Overbay, INF Jeff Baker, RHP Miguel Batista.
Going campin’: Following the retirement of Jones, the Braves needed to restock their offense. General manager Frank Wren signed B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75.25 million contract, the richest deal ever awarded a free agent by the Braves. Then he traded for Upton’s younger brother, Justin. Johnson, expected to platoon with Juan Francisco at third base, also arrived in the seven-player deal that sent Prado, Delgado and three minor leaguers to Arizona. A key for spring training will be the health of catcher Brian McCann, who is returning from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Manager: Charlie Manuel (ninth season).
2012: 81-81, third place.
Training Town: Clearwater, Fla.
He’s Here: 3B Michael Young, CF Ben Revere, RF Delmon Young, RHP Mike Adams, LHP John Lannan, RHP Chad Durbin, RHP Aaron Cook.
He’s Outta Here: RHP Vance Worley, 3B Placido Polanco, OF Juan Pierre, INF Ty Wigginton, OF Nate Schierholtz, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Jose Contreras, C Brian Schneider.
Going campin’: For the first time since 2008, the Phillies won’t be the team to beat in the NL East at the start of spring training. After winning five straight division titles, the Phillies finished behind Washington and Atlanta last year. They’re counting on a roster filled with high-priced, aging stars to make another run. But there are several question marks. The biggest ones surround the health of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay. There’s uncertainty in the outfield, too. Revere was acquired from Minnesota to be the starting center fielder. Delmon Young, despite his defensive limitations, was signed to play right. He was mostly a designated hitter and played sparingly in left field for Detroit last year. The bullpen, led by closer Jonathan Papelbon, may be Philadelphia’s strength.
New York Mets
Manager: Terry Collins (third season).
2012: 74-88, fourth place.
Training Town: Port St. Lucie, Fla.
He’s Here: RHP Shaun Marcum, C John Buck, C Travis d’Arnaud, OF Marlon Byrd, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Scott Atchison, INF Brandon Hicks, OF Collin Cowgill, OF Andrew Brown, C Anthony Recker, INF-OF Brian Bixler, INF Omar Quintanilla, LHP Pedro Feliciano, LHP Aaron Laffey, C Landon Powell, OF Jamie Hoffman.
He’s Outta Here: RHP R.A. Dickey, OF Scott Hairston, LF Jason Bay, C Josh Thole, C Kelly Shoppach, CF Andres Torres, RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Chris Young, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Jon Rauch, RHP Manny Acosta, INF Ronny Cedeno, C Rob Johnson, C Mike Nickeas, LHP Justin Hampson, OF Fred Lewis.
Going campin’: The frugal Mets were the last team to sign a big league free agent this winter, adding Marcum to the rotation with a $4 million, one-year deal. That doesn’t mean it was a quiet offseason. New York released Bay, an expensive bust, and committed to building around All-Star 3B David Wright by signing him to a $138 million, eight-year contract – the richest in team history. The Mets also traded Dickey, last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, to Toronto for a touted package of prospects plus Buck. The biggest reason for optimism is the cadre of promising young pitchers in the system.
Manager: Mike Redmond (first season).
2012: 69-93, fifth place.
Training Town: Jupiter, Fla.
He’s Here: SS Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B Placido Polanco, OF Juan Pierre, C Jeff Mathis, RHP John Maine, RHP Jon Rauch, RHP Chad Qualls, RHP Kevin Slowey, OF Austin Kearns.
He’s Outta Here: Manager Ozzie Guillen, SS Jose Reyes, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Heath Bell, RHP Carlos Zambrano, 1B Carlos Lee, C John Buck, INF-OF Emilio Bonifacio, LHP Randy Choate, RHP Chad Gaudin, RHP Juan Oviedo.
Going campin’: The Marlins’ free-spending ways in their new ballpark lasted less than a year, and the franchise’s latest purge sent Reyes, Johnson and Buehrle packing to Toronto. As a result, the Marlins are back to a small payroll, small crowds and modest expectations. They’re counting on youngsters Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Turner to make the rotation, which leaves only one spot open.