Last year: 67-95, 5th.
Manager: Dusty Baker.
Key additions: LHP Mike Remlinger, RHP Dave Veres, LHP Shawn Estes, 1B Eric Karros, C Damian Miller.
Key losses: 1B Fred McGriff, RHP Jon Lieber.
Other moves: Added LHP Mark Guthrie, LHP Mike Sirotka, RHP Rod Beck, C Paul Bako, 2B Mark Grudzielanek, OF Troy O'Leary, 3B-PH Lenny Harris, INF Ramon Martinez, CF Tom Goodwin, CF Charles Gipson; lost C Todd Hundley, C Joe Girardi, RHP Pat Mahomes, RHP Jason Bere, RHP Courtney Duncan, RHP Will Cunnane, 1B-OF Angel Echevarria, CF Chad Hermanson.
Big question: Can a slimmed-down Antonio Alfonseca improve enough to hang onto his spot at the back of an upgraded bullpen?
Keep an eye on: 1B Hee Seop Choi. No longer a kid, it's time he justifies his standing ahead of the likes of Mark Grace, McGriff, Karros and even Jim Thome.
Last year: 56-106, 6th.
Manager: Ned Yost.
Key additions: SS Royce Clayton, RHP Todd Ritchie.
Key loss: SS Jose Hernandez.
Other moves: Added RHP Dave Mlicki, 3B Wes Helms, INF Enrique Cruz, C Javier Valentin, C Keith Osik, C Eddie Perez, OF Brady Clark, OF John Vander Wal, 3B Ryan Gripp, INF Manny Alexander, RHP Chuck Smith, RHP Brooks Kieschnick, RHP Scott Winchester; lost OF Matt Stairs, 3B/PH Lenny Harris, C Paul Bako, LHP Ray King, RHP Jose Cabrera, 2B Ron Belliard, OF Jim Rushford, C Jorge Fabregas.
Big question: Did Yost bring magic dust with him? The longtime Bobby Cox lieutenant must build hope for perennial losers.
Keep an eye on: Kieschnick, who was a 1B/OF with Cubs, used winter ball to show he's ready to return as a pitcher.
Last year: 101-59, 1st; lost to San Francisco in the first round.
Manager: Bobby Cox.
2003 national league preview
Braves no longer a sure thing in East
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