One of the great things about spring training is watching the lesser names fight for the treasured final spots on the big league roster. From low minors lottery tickets to veterans fighting to stick around, these five names are ones to watch this spring. More»
The Nationals ranked as one of 2013's largest disappointments, barely topping .500 after being the consensus pick to easily take the NL East. Now, the team has plenty to prove, and so does staff ace Stephen Strasburg, who must show that he can stay healthy. More»
It's become almost a ritual the past few years: The Dodgers seem to have too many starters for their five spots... and then injury hits. Los Angeles has a lot of candidates to fill out their rotation, even if Zack Greinke's calf strain lingers. So who'll get the nod? More»
No one in baseball may be more subject to the unfairness of the expectations game than Masahiro Tanaka, if only because of the monster contract he signed with the Yankees. Even if he's just above-average this year, will that be enough for New York fans? More»
It's incredibly hard for a player to make it to the major leagues, and very few play into their late 30s, let alone 40s. Bartolo Colon, Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter, Raul Ibañez and LaTroy Hawkins are the exceptions, and they could still make a difference this season. More»
The Yankees extending Brett Gardner shouldn't come as much of a surprise. After the team's active offseason, it's clear the franchise is not concerned about lowering payroll. And as inefficient as it may seem to have Gardner in left field rather than center, he still makes them a better team. More»
Going into 2014, the Reds' starting rotation had a clear expiration date, with Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, and Homer Bailey all set to hit free agency soon. Now they've signed Homer Bailey to a six-year, $105 million deal. What does that mean for Latos and Cueto? More»
According to a Baseball America report, the Phillies were responsible for tipping the NCAA off to potential rules violations of two players who were drafted last year but chose not to sign. The team better have an explanation, because it has no place in NCAA discipline. More»
Some are praising the Orioles for their signing of Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $48 million contract. But a closer look at their offseason strategy reveals a franchise that's still adrift, especially when it comes to addressing their core pitching issues. More»
Danny Espinosa comes to Nationals camp hoping to reclaim the second base job he lost to Anthony Rendon last year, but the contest could have bigger implications. Could Ryan Zimmerman move off third, and might Adam LaRoche move to the bench? More»
Spring training is underway, but World Series-winning shortstop Stephen Drew is still looking for a home, and only a few teams are reasonable options. Will he end up back in Boston -- or does he fit better in New York? And what's taking so long? More»
The greatest thing about the preseason in any sport is that officially, everyone's still eligible for the playoffs. Even the Houston Astros. As spring training opens, here are some of the biggest storylines to watch, from second base battles to bullpen roles and new managers. More»
When he signed his last contract, optimists had every reason to believe Johan Santana would be a Hall of Famer. But when pitchers are involved, optimism is rarely rewarded. After years of injuries, how much does Santana have left? More»
The Cubs remain a rebuilding project under Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein, but the team certainly needs to start showing progress now. It all starts with developing a solid starting rotation, and while the unit has flashed potential, it's not yet ready to make a leap. More»
It's very rare that a team will ever publicly admit that they were unable to reach the goals they set for themselves going into an offseason. Though they haven't fessed up to it, these teams have major holes in their lineups as spring training approaches. More»
Yes, the New York Mets have been a bit of a laughingstock in recent years, but the team has made moves at both the major league and organizational level that could make them competitive by 2015 -- or even sooner -- even on a shoestring budget. More»
The real reason David Ortiz has no business talking about the cold, harsh financial realities of the game on television isn't because of the profanity he used in that October moment, but rather because of one of the words that came before it: "our." More»
With spring training rosters largely in place, it's time to take stock of the young talent ready to jump to the majors. The Red Sox are already among the best teams, but with Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley, they top the list of the best farm systems too. More»
There are times when it makes sense for a baseball team to spend a lot of money -- even overspend -- on one player. But is Robinson Cano's giant Mariners contract one of those times? Does this team have a larger plan for contending? More»
The Yankees spent $175 million to add Masahiro Tanaka to their starting rotation, but it still doesn't get them into the top five. While many teams have a case to make, it's difficult if not impossible to top the Dodgers when they have Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. More»
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