2010 record/finish: 91-71, wild card, lost in the first round of the playoffs
Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (first season)
Key additions: 2B Dan Uggla, LHP George Sherrill, RHP Scott Linebrink
Key losses: IF Omar Infante, LHP Billy Wagner, 1B Derrek Lee, OF Rick Ankiel, OF Matt Diaz, OF Melky Cabrera.
Outlook: After more than two decades, the Braves start a season without Bobby Cox as the manager. And even with the Phillies’ addition of Lee, the Braves have reason to think they can compete for the division title. The addition of Uggla gives them a power bat in the middle of the order. And the starters are strong, particularly with the return of a healthy Jair Jurrjens.
Player to watch: 3B Chipper Jones. He was going to retire last season, but he returned for another year. He can still hit, and that’s what the Braves need.
Will win the east if … the Phillies slip for even a week or two. If not, they should win the wild card.