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Braves Give DCarp, Lavarnway, 8 others Invites to Spring Training

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Its that time of the year where teams start combing the FA scrap heap for potentially useful players and giving them non-roster invites to spring training. The Braves started with 10 such invitations today.

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Not every move a baseball team does is super sexy or earth-shattering. There are a lot of moving parts to fielding a competitive team including filling in backup/bench slots and signing veterans to minor league deals so that the team has insurance against injury, etc.

The Braves took one of the first steps in that process as they went ahead and extended non-roster invites to ten players, a couple of which should be familiar.

The biggest name on the list is David Carpenter who was excellent in the bullpen for the Braves and then was sent to the Yankees in the Manny Banuelos trade. After struggling with the Yankees, the Nationals picked him up to finish the season and then they released. The Braves snatched him up and now he has a chance to prove last year's struggles were a fluke as he does have an electric arm when he is right. Also familiar to Braves fans is Ryan Lavarnway, who played in 27 games for the Braves this past season.

Some interesting names include Willians Astudillo, a catcher who can't REALLY catch or play defense anywhere particularly well, but struck out a total of 10 times last season and won the batting title in his league. It would not be crazy for the Braves to bring him on in a pinch-hitter role if the bench slots line up for such a thing.

Matt Tuiasosopo is a guy who has hit well in the minors in the past, but has struck out too much in limited MLB appearances to stick in the majors. At 29 years old, he may be running out of chances at making an MLB roster.

Most of the other invitees are depth players who are more than likely not to make the roster coming out of Spring Training with Volstad probably leading that group.