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The Daily Chop: Brian Snitker discusses Atlanta’s bullpen additions

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Brian Snitker discussed the depth of the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen on Friday and said that he is looking forward to having multiple closer options to deploy this season. The Braves have maintained that Mark Melancon will remain in the traditional closer’s role this season despite the addition of Will Smith this offseason. Snitker talked about how Smith and possibly Shane Greene could all draw some save opportunities.

Snitker also talked about several of Atlanta’s young pitchers who are in camp for the first time.

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