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The Daily Chop: Initial player pool set

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MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at Atlanta Braves Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball moved a step closer Sunday to the resumption of Spring Training 2.0 or Summer Camp, depending on how you choose to look at it. Teams had until 4 p.m. to submit their initial pool of up to 60 players. The Atlanta Braves released a list of 56 players which also includes 17 players that are currently not on the 40-man roster including prospects Drew Waters, Shea Langeliers and Ian Anderson.

I put together some initial thoughts on the list which you can read here, the big take away though is that Atlanta stocked up on ams with 30 pitchers included and some veteran infield options to back up their core group.

MLB News

We now have a starting date for summer camp, Opening Day and team roster pools for the 2020 season. Now the biggest challenge remaining for Major League Baseball is playing the games out amidst a pandemic.

Major League Baseball handed down suspensions to four minor league players that were in violation of the league’s Drug Prevention and Treatment program. Reds pitching prospect Vladimir Gutierrez received an 80-game ban after testing positive for PED’s. Two Dodgers pitchers, Juan Idrogo and Reza Aleaziz were given suspensions of 72 and 50 games respectively. Twins infielder Jose Rosario will serve a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a drug of abuse.

The league also announced that Pirates reliever Edgar Santana has received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Santana missed all of the 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery.