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The Daily Chop: Each team’s best defender, Max Fried and more

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MLB.com released a new fielding metric for infielders earlier this offseason with outs above average. The metric had previously been available for just outfielders before this offseason. Manny Randhawa recently took a look at each team’s best defenders in terms of outs above average coming into the 2020 season.

For the Braves, Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson are tied at +3 outs above average. it is notable that Inciarte appeared in just 65 games last season due to injury or would have likely led the team. Josh Donaldson finished 2019 as a +8 but left for Minnesota this offseason.

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Max Fried was a pleasant surprise for the Braves’ rotation in 2019. Our own Daniel Hutchinson-Kausch took a closer look at what Fried needs to do to take another step forward this season.

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The Minnesota Twins and veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacín reportedly have an agreement on a minor league deal according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. Chacin struggled in 2019 posting a 6.01 ERA in 103 1/3 innings with Milwaukee and Boston.