Outlook: After winning 94 games and getting bounced in the wild-card game by the Cardinals, Atlanta waved goodbye to the retiring Chipper Jones and decided to get actively involved in trades in the offseason. The biggest move involved shipping the versatile Martin Prado to Arizona for 25-year-old outfielder Justin Upton. This came after Atlanta spent $75.25 million on a five-year deal to sign his older brother, B.J. Upton, to share the outfield with him and Jason Heyward. The team also exercised its option to keep All-Star catcher Brian McCann and resigned Tim Hudson to again anchor the starting rotation. Will it be enough to catch the Nationals?
Top returning players: SP Tim Hudson (16-7, 3.62 ERA), C Brian McCann (.230, 20 HRs, 67 RBI), 2B Dan Uggla (.220, 19 HRs, 78 RBI), RF Jason Heyward (.269, 27 HR, 82 RBI), 1B Freddie Freeman (.259, 23 HR, 94 RBI), SP Kris Medlen (10-1, 1.57 ERA), CP Craig Kimbrel (1.01 ERA, 42 SV).
Key losses: 3B Chipper Jones, OF Michael Bourn, SP Tommy Hanson, 2B Martin Prado.
Key additions: OF Justin Upton, OF B.J. Upton, RP Jordan Walden, 3B Chris Johnson.
Stadium/ticket info: Champion Stadium, 700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee. www.braves.com or call 800-745-3000. Ticket prices: $10-$49.
Outlook: Coming off its most successful season in 15 years, a wild-card berth and a trip to the divisional series, Baltimore didn’t end up landing a big bat. In fact, it was a relatively quiet offseason, the only major move being the loss of first baseman Mark Reynolds to Cleveland. The good news: outfielder Nolan Reimold, who underwent season-ending neck surgery, will be healthy at the start of camp along with Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts. Top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausmin will get a look for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
Top returning players: SP Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.43 ERA), CP Jim Johnson (.249 ERA, 51 SV), SP Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02 ERA), OF Adam Jones (.287, 32 HR, 82 RBI), SS J.J. Hardy (.238, 22 HR, 68 RBI), DH Chris Davis (.270, 33 HR, 85 RBI), C Matt Wieters (.249, 23 HR, 83 RBI), OF Nick Markakis (.298, 13 HR, 54 RBI).
Key losses: 1B Mark Reynolds, 2B Robert Andino, OF Endy Chavez, RP Kevin Gregg, OF Endy Chavez.
Key additions: OF Yamaica Navarro, RP Daniel Schlereth, OF Trayvon Robinson, OF Jason Pridie, 1B Travis Ishikawa.
Stadium/ticket info: Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota. www.orioles.com or call 941-893-6300. Ticket prices: $8-32.
BOSTON RED SOX
Outlook: Boston posted its lowest win total since 1965 in a 69-win, last-place finish. The facelift has continued since then as the Red Sox have added veteran outfielder Shane Victorino, power-hitting first baseman Mike Napoli, starting pitcher Ryan Dempster and closer Joel Hanrahan. Though Boston has not made the playoffs each of the past three seasons, owner John Henry is optimistic improved health and the new additions, as well as the right manager in charge, will make a big difference in 2013.
Top returning players: SP Jon Lester (9-14, 4.82 ERA), SP Clay Buchholz (11-8, 4.56 ERA), C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.222, 25 HR, 59 RBI), 2B Dustin Pedroia (.290, 15 HR, 65 RBI), DH David Ortiz (.318, 23 HR, 60 RBI), OF Cody Ross (.267, 22 HR, 81 RBI), CP Alfredo Aceves (5.36 ERA, 25 SV).
Key losses: RP Vicente Padilla, SP Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP Aaron Cook, RP Scott Atchison, RP Mark Melancon, 1B James Loney.