Braves had a quiet off-season following collapse

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There has been no flashy free agent signing, no blockbuster trade this offseason for the Atlanta Braves.

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Frank Wren

General manager Frank Wren says there also has been no panic.

Wren says the quiet winter is proof of his confidence in the Braves’ talent, even after the team blew an 81/2-game wild-card lead in September.

With one month remaining before pitchers and catchers conduct their first spring training workout on Feb. 20, the roster is mostly unchanged. The notable exceptions are the departures of right-hander Derek Lowe, who was dealt to Cleveland for a minor league pitcher, and shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who signed with Milwaukee.

Despite rumors that right-hander Jair Jurrjens or outfielder Martin Prado might be on the market, Wren said he never pursued a deal.

“Like we’ve said all winter long, we’re not looking to trade anyone,” Wren said this week. “We like our team and if people come calling we’ll at least look around and see if there’s a way that we can get better.”

Wren said the Braves will be better by having last year’s big trade-deadline addition, Michael Bourn, hitting leadoff for a full season.

He’s also expecting better production from Prado, right fielder Jason Heyward and second baseman Dan Uggla.

“We think we have a chance to be better just with guys bouncing back and doing what they’ve normally done,” Wren said.

COURTS: The Los Angeles Dodgers filed a proposed bankruptcy reorganization plan Friday, a little more than a week after resolving a court fight with Fox Sports that threatened plans to sell the ball club.

The Dodgers said in court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., that the pending sale of the team should satisfy all creditor claims in full, either through cash payments or assumption of the claims by the new team owners.

The Dodgers intend to complete a sale of the team by April 30, as called for in a settlement with Major League Baseball. The April 30 date coincides with the deadline for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to pay $131 million to his ex-wife, Jamie, as part of their divorce settlement.

TRADE: The Cleveland Indians acquired right-hander Kevin Slowey from Colorado, a move prompted by Fausto Carmona’s arrest in the Dominican Republic.

The Indians sent reliever Zach Putnam and cash to the Rockies for Slowey.

RAYS: A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that slugger Carlos Pena agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract to return to Tampa Bay.

GIANTS: Right-handed relief pitcher Sergio Romo settled on a $1,575,000, one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

REDS: The team and free-agent closer Ryan Madson finalized an $8.5 million, one-year contract.

ASTROS: Free agent catcher Chris Snyder agreed to a one-year contract that includes a 2013 mutual option.

YANKEES: Outfielder Brett Gardner agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.


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