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Atlanta Braves news and links: Lazarito set to make decision today

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Lazaro "Lazarito" Armenteros has announced that he'll be making his decision today on which MLB organization he'll be joining. Will it be the Atlanta Braves?

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Daily Dish: Braves rebuild is working well so far

Our prolific friends over at MLB Daily Dish are taking inventory of every team's offseason, and they're going from the worst teams from last season to the best. So, it didn't take them too long to get around to giving their opinion on the Braves' offseason so far. As expected, even though the major league team team still isn't expected to compete, the Braves still got a positive review for their offseason actions.

The farm system is incredibly strong. Stocked with six of the top 100 prospects, the Braves turn around is well underway. While Swanson's ETA isn't until 2018, it seems like the shortstop position will be vacant for him when the time comes. He's also a non-roster invitee to spring training, so Braves fans will get a look at their top prospect very soon.

There's a lot to be generally hopeful for with the Braves, but not much in the way of going into 2016 unfortunately. Julio Teheran is good at baseball, so there's that. So too is Ender Inciarte. Perhaps the most exciting thing about them though is what they could fetch by the trade deadline.

Meanwhile, if you want to make your opinion heard on how you think the Braves offseason has gone, then there's a poll for that, and it's right here on this lovely website of ours.

USA Today ranks Braves offense near the bottom of MLB

Remember when USA Today's FTW ranked all of the starting pitching rotations and the Braves came in dead last? Well, the same crew decided to rank all of the offenses in baseball as well, and I've got good news for you -- the Braves didn't finish last! In fact, they finished 28th! Hooray for small victories!

Lazarito is reportedly set to make his decision today

While the Braves' focus when it comes to the international signing period may be on Kevin Maitan (who has received some extremely lofty comparisons lately), they'll definitely be keeping their eye on what another Cuban teenager will be doing on Wednesday. After the Braves held a private workout for Lazaro "Lazarito" Armenteros this past weekend, the 16-year old has announced that he'll be making his decision on who to sign for at some point today. The Braves are in the running with eight other teams (Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Padres, Phillies, Royals, and a couple of spooky mystery teams) for his signature, and if he does indeed choose the Braves (or either the Padres or Phillies), he'll have to wait until July 2nd in order to make it official.

"I'm always ready. I'm realizing my dream to play professional baseball," Armenteros told last week at Estadio Quisqueya during the Caribbean Series. "I'm planning on making a decision on [Wednesday], but only God knows what will happen and when I will sign. I'm not worried about it. I'm just waiting on the right opportunity."


Yu Darvish is set to return to Rangers rotation

The Rangers made a worst-to-first surge in the AL West in 2015, and they did this without the services of one Yu Darvish. Darvish missed the entirety of the 2015 campaign due to needing Tommy John surgery, but the good news for the Rangers is that Darvish's recovery is going swimmingly and he will be reporting for Spring Training on time. Darvish finished the 2014 season with a 3.06 ERA and a 2.84 FIP, and will surely be a boon for the defending AL West Champions once he makes his projected return in May.

Mat Latos will join the White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have made a late play to bolster their starting rotation, and they've done so by giving Mat Latos a one-year, $3 MM contract. This will actually be Latos' fifth destination since December of 2014. He started off with the Reds, got traded to the Marlins, then got traded to the Dodgers, and was picked up by the Angels after the blue side of LA dropped him. I'm sure that Latos is hoping that he'll be able to stick around in one city this season.