As Fredi Gonzalez prepares for his fifth season as the Braves' manager, he finds himself with a new-look roster and a lineup that will need to manufacture runs without the benefit of the power it possessed the past few years. Still, the presence of a potentially solid rotation has helped maintain a sense of optimism that Gonzalez addressed during a recent conversation with MLB.com.
MLB.com: Now that you've had a chance to see your club during Spring Training, what gives you reason to believe this team will be competitive?
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.