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Pre-Spring Training Rosterbation + NRIs

Pitchers and catchers report on February 13th, a month from now. Position players report on February 18th, and the first full squad workout is February 19th. With that, the Non-Roster Invitees have been announced, at least, the initial ones. There are 22 of them:

Right Handed Pitchers: Lay Batista, J.R. Graham, Jason Hursh, Mark Lamm, Cody Martin, Yunesky Maya, Gus Schlosser and Shae Simmons

Left Handed Pitchers: Daniel Rodriguez, Atahualpa Severino, and Ian Thomas

Catchers: Matt Kennelly, Steven Lerud, Braeden Schlehuber and Jose Yepez

Infielders: Mat Gamel, Phil Gosselin, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton, Tommy La Stella and Edward Salcedo

Outfielders: Matt Lipka

There are many names already on the 40-man roster, which explains why they aren't on the NRI list, including Ryan Buchter, Wirfin Obispo, Christian Bethancourt, Carlos Perez, Elmer Reyes, and others.

That being said, what's left to do for the Braves? The most recent move was the signing of LHP Atahualpa Severino. President John Schuerholz publicly said that Wren is "not finished". This probably means just more depth moves like the signing of Severino, but there may be a slim chance that the Braves are in on a big name free agent starting pitcher? There are many still out there--Matt Garza, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, A.J. Burnett, Bronson Arroyo, Scott Baker, Chris Capuano, Alfredo Aceves, Jason Hammel, Jason Marquis, Zach Duke, Barry Zito. Is there a good chance the Braves sign any of these? Not likely. In fact, David O'Brien has already denounced any interest in some names, like Bronson Arroyo. However, it is still a slight possibility and is worth watching until Spring Training.

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