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Hampton Starting in Mexican League

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I've got a couple little bits to bring you today from Dave O'Brien over at AJC.com..
  • Mike Hampton will begin pitching for the Mayos de Navojoa of the Mexican Winter League November 20th. Braves GM Frank Wren said that he was progressing well and the plan was to have Hampton pitch just a couple innings the first time out. Scott Thorman, Brandon Jones, and Barbaro Canizares all also play for Navojoa as well.
  • The Braves are still negotiating with left-handed reliever Ron Mahay however the free agent's asking price will more than likely be too much. Mahay is probably looking at a deal similar to what Chad Bradford and Jamie Walker got at around three years and $9-12 million. Royce Ring is very similar and should actually be better against lefties. He'll more than likely become the LOOGY in the Braves pen.
  • Octavio Dotel's $5.5 million '08 option was declined. No surprise there.
  • O'Brien says Frank Wren is looking outside the organization to acquire a utility infielder. Presumably either Willy Aybar or Martin Prado will take one spot however it seems strange that the Braves would not just utilize Brent Lillibridge as their backup shortstop. Wren said earlier that he wants to trade for a veteran center fielder so Lillibridge more than likely won't be in the outfield so why not have him as a utility man? There has to be some other factors here that we don't know about.
  • Clint Sammons may end up as the opening day backup catcher if the Braves don't bring in a veteran. Sammons, a Georgia-native, was considered one of the best defensive catchers in the minors last year and despite a low batting average, he would be a reasonable option behind Brian McCann.
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