Keep an eye on: CF Marlon Byrd. The lineup is deep enough that he can provide a pleasant surprise hitting seventh or eighth.
Last year: 79-83, 4th.
Manager: Jeff Torborg.
Key additions: C Ivan Rodriguez, CF Juan Pierre, LHP Mark Redman, RHP Tim Spooneybarger.
Key losses: CF Preston Wilson, C Charles Johnson, RF Kevin Millar.
Other moves: Added OF Todd Hollandsworth, OF Gerald Williams, OF Luke Allen, RHP Mike Croushore, LHP Allen Levrault, RHP Doug Bochtler; lost RHP Julian Tavarez, LHP Graeme Lloyd, OF Tim Raines, OF Eric Owens, RHP Gary Knotts, LHP Nate Robertson, LHP Rob Henkel.
Big question: How healthy are middle infielders Luis Castillo (hip) and Alex Gonzalez (shoulder), who both had surgery last year? Andy Fox is the first option at SS and 2B.
Keep an eye on: RHP Josh Beckett. Recurring blisters have limited the effectiveness of a guy who was untouchable in the minors.
New York Mets
Last year: 75-86, 5th.
Manager: Art Howe.
Key additions: LHP Tom Glavine, LHP Mike Stanton, OF Cliff Floyd, SS Rey Sanchez.
Key losses: 3B Edgardo Alfonso, SS Rey Ordonez.
Other moves: Added 3B Russ Johnson, LHP Graeme Lloyd, CF Tsuyoshi Shinjo; lost LHP Mark Guthrie, RHP Steve Reed, RHP Jeff D'Amico, RHP John Thomson, OF Brady Clark, 3B John Valentin.
Big question: Does 1B Mo Vaughn get it? The one-time AL MVP was an eyesore last year. He has lost some weight and could regain some credibility.
Keep an eye on: 3B Ty Wigginton. After hitting .300 in Triple A, he's being handed a spot in a lineup loaded with veterans.
Last year: 98-64, 1st; lost to St. Louis in first round.
2003 national league preview
Braves no longer a sure thing in East
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