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The Daily Chop: Freddie Freeman homers, Charlie Morton ready and more

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Freeman hit his first homer of the spring Sunday.

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Charlie Morton tossed three more scoreless innings Sunday and appears ready for the 2021 season. Morton was Atlanta’s big pitching acquisition this offseason and they are hoping he can bring some stability to what should be a much improved starting rotation.

Freddie Freeman struggled most of the Grapefruit League season but showed signs Sunday recording a double and an opposite field home run off lefty Jeffrey Springer.

“He was saying even with his strikeout, he felt good,” Brian Snitker said of Freeman. “So, hopefully, it’s perfect timing.”

The Braves have two more Grapefruit League matchups remaining against the Boston Red Sox before heading north. They will begin the 2021 regular season Thursday with a three-game set in Philadelphia against the Phillies.

More Braves News

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman has thoughts on every member of the Braves’ Opening Day roster.

Also at MLB.com, Will Leitch ranks all 30 Opening Day starters for 2021. Atlanta’s Max Fried comes in at No. 10.

Fried will be the first left-hander to start on Opening Day for the Braves since Hall of Famer Tom Glavine in 2002, which is kind of amazing. He should have more help in the rotation this year, but he’s the unquestioned ace.

MLB News

The Twins and pitcher Randy Dobnak are in agreement on a five-year, $9.25 million extension that also includes three club options according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Seattle Mariners selected the contract of outfield prospect Taylor Trammell. Manager Scott Servais further indicated that Trammell will either start in left or center depending on the health of Kyle Lewis who has been nursing a knee injury.

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of reliever Luis Avilan. Avilan will be playing for his seventh team over a nine-year career.

Jazz Chisholm will begin the season as the Marlins’ second baseman. The team is planning to option Isan Diaz, was was Chisholm’s primary competition.

The Philadelphia Phillies optioned Scott Kingery and JoJo Romero to minor league camp. Kingery had been in the running for the Phillies’ center field job but was just 7-for-44 this spring.