Key loss: RHP Tom Gordon.
Other moves: Added LHP Jesus Sanchez, RHP Chris Gissell; lost RHP Dave Mlicki, OF/1B Daryle Ward, RHP Nelson Cruz.
Big question: Can Shane Reynolds recover from back surgery to help anchor the rotation behind Wade Miller and Roy Oswalt? There's uncertainty about three spots, with knuckleballer Jared Fernandez in the mix along with Kirk Saarloos, Tim Redding, Brian Moehler, Peter Munro and rookie Jeriome Robertson.
Keep an eye on: Craig Biggio. Despite questions about his mobility, he moves to center field at age 37.
Last year: 78-84, 3rd.
Manager: Bob Boone.
Key additions: RHP Paul Wilson, SS Felipe Lopez.
Key losses: RHP Elmer Dessens, LHP Shawn Estes, 2B Todd Walker.
Other moves: Added RHP Luke Prokopec, LHP Jimmy Anderson, LHP Kent Mercker, LHP Felix Heredia, INF-OF Wilton Guerrero, 3B Felipe Crespo, OF Emil Brown; lost RHP Brian Moehler, RHP Jared Fernandez.
Big question: Is this the year Ken Griffey Jr. comes through? A good spring could lead either to a trade or talk the Reds can contend.
Keep an eye on: 3B Brandon Larson. His arrival has forced Aaron Boone to move to second base. It's unclear where the talented Lopez fits.
Last year: 72-89, 4th.
Manager: Lloyd McClendon.
Key additions: RHP Jeff Suppan, RF Matt Stairs, 1B Randall Simon.
Key losses: None.
Other moves: Added RHP Julian Tavarez, LHP Denys Reyes, RHP Rolando Arrojo, RHP Jeff D'Amico, RHP Pat Mahomes, RHP Jim Mann, LHP Mike Holtz, RHP John Wasdin, 2B Dave Doster, SS Mike Caruso; lost LHP Jimmy Anderson, LHP Adrian Burnside, INF Mike Benjamin, C Keith Osik, LHP Ron Villone.
Big question: Can GM Dave Littlefield trade for a run-producing outfielder? There have been only minimal upgrades for a lineup that outscored only Milwaukee. Brian Giles is willing to move to center.
Keep an eye on: 3B Aramis Ramirez and C Jason Kendall. Both could contribute a lot more at the plate than they did last season.
2003 national league preview
Braves no longer a sure thing in East
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