June 16, 2021

Inside look at Mets’ foes in competitive NL East (New York Post)

The Post’s Dan Martin breaks down the Mets’ NL East foes:

Atlanta Braves

2019: 97-65
Manager: Brian Snitker (fifth year)
Spring training site: North Port, Fla.

Key additions: The Braves didn’t really seem to need another outfielder, but they signed Marcell Ozuna, anyway. Cole Hamels arrived — and like Ozuna, on a one-year, $18 million deal — to bolster the rotation. Lefty Will Smith slides into the bullpen following two standout seasons with the Giants — joining Darren O’Day and Chris Martin, who were both brought back. Ex-Met Travis d’Arnaud, fresh off a bounce-back season with Tampa Bay, will be behind the plate.

Marcell Ozuna
Marcell OzunaPaul J. Bereswill

Key losses: Josh Donaldson declined a qualifying offer from Atlanta and signed a four-year deal with Minnesota, despite Atlanta’s attempt to keep him on a multi-year deal. Dallas Keuchel signed with the White Sox and Julio Teheran went to the Angels as a free agent.

Storylines to watch: The Braves will spend spring training in North Port after moving out of Disney last spring. Third base is an area of concern following the departure of Donaldson, with Johan Camargo or prospect Austin Riley competing for the job…

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