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The Daily Chop: Drew Waters homers in Premiere 12 opener

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Team USA defeated Team Netherlands 9-0 on Saturday

Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

While most of the MLB news this winter will come off the field, there is a group of top prospects who are looking to help Team USA earn a spot in the Olympics. They got off to a good start Saturday with a 9-0 win over Team Netherlands in the opening game of the Premier 12 tournament. Atlanta’s Drew Waters got things off on a good note with a lead off home run.

Team USA will face Team Mexico Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. The top two teams from the pool will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo which will be held November 11-16.

More Braves News

The Braves had 11 players file for free agency this past Thursday leaving them with 29 players on their 40-man roster. I took a closer look at where the roster stands as well some of the decisions that will have to be made next week.

Our season in review series continued on Saturday with a look at Dallas Keuchel who gave the Braves rotation a mid-season boost and catcher Brian McCann who is calling it a career.

It has been 24 years since the Atlanta Braves won the World Series. They come in second in this MLB.com list of the most likely teams to end their title drought. The Los Angeles Dodgers top the list and are followed by the Braves and the Twins.

MLB News

The New York Mets are considering adding former skipper Terry Collins as bench coach. Collins has a strong relationship with new manager Carlos Beltran.

The Mets also announced that they have declined their club option on outfielder Juan Lagares while second baseman Joe Panik and left-hander Donnie Hart elected free agency after they were outrighted.

Twins reliever Sam Dyson also elected free agency after he was outrighted from the major league roster. Dyson had shoulder surgery late in September and is expected to miss all of the 2020 season.