About the Braves

Posted: March 28, 2007

2005 FINISH: 79-83, third place, 18 games back

HELLO: LHP Mike Gonzalez, RHP Rafael Soriano, RHP Tanyon Sturtze, IF-OF Craig Wilson, IF Chris Woodward.

GOODBYE: 2B Marcus Giles, OF Brian Jordan, 1B Adam La Roche, C Todd Pratt, LHP Horacio Ramirez, RHP Chris Reitsma, RHP John Thomson

LINEUP

Kelly Johnson, 2b

Edgar Renteria, ss

Chipper Jones, 3b

Andruw Jones, cf

Brian McCann, c

Jeff Francouer, rf

Scott Thoman, 1b

Ryan Langerhans, lf

ROTATION *

John Smoltz

Tim Hudson

Chuck James (L)

Mark Redman (L)

Kyle Davies

* Mike Hampton (L) will open the season on the disabled list

CLOSER: Bob Wickman

MANAGER: Bobby Cox, 22nd season

PROJECTED PAYROLL: $80 million

DID YOU KNOW ...

Braves relievers other than Bob Wickman blew 28 of 48 save opportunities last season, a staggering 58.3 percent of their chances.

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