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Braves News and Links: Dansby Swanson, rebuild accelerated and more

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We talk Dansby Swanson, the rebuild overall and preview the bullpen in today's Atlanta Braves news roundup.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Braves News

Dansby Swanson could be in Atlanta "soon"

Dansby Swanson will go to spring training with the Atlanta Braves and manager Fredi Gonzalez recently hinted that we could see him in an Atlanta uniform sooner rather than later.

Braves rebuild has accelerated according to GM John Coppolella

John Coppolella discussed the Braves' rebuild during a roundtable discussion at Saturday's FanFest event at Turner Field. He pointed to the players the Braves received in the Shelby Miller and Andrelton Simmons trades as having sped up the team's rebuilding effort.

"In a lot of the trades we made in the 2014-2015 offseason, the players were a lot further away," Coppolella said. "With these two trades, you really got six players (big-leaguers Erick Aybar and Ender Iciarte; pitchers Aaron Blair, Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis, plus Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 pick of last year’s draft) you could see in 2016. A lot of the deals we made last year … were more to restart the system than have major-league impact in the short term."

Braves 2016 Preview Series: Bullpen

CBS Atlanta's Grant McAuley previews the bullpen for the Atlanta Braves heading into the 2016 season.

MLB News

New Dodgers manager Dave Roberts offers Yasiel Puig a clean slate

Dodgers' right fielder Yasiel Puig has been a lightning rod of controversy at times during his brief career for the Los Angeles Dodgers but new manager Dave Roberts is offering him a clean slate coming into the 2016 season.

"For me, it's more of 'let's wipe the slate clean and let's start anew,'" Roberts said. "There's the same core of players, but there's a completely different coaching staff. And we just want him to be himself. So let's start fresh."

Greg Bird requires shoulder surgery, will miss 2016 season

The New York Yankees will be without first baseman Greg Bird for the entire 2016 season due to a torn labrum. Bird initially suffered the injury in May of 2015 but it has worsened over time and will require surgery.