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|With many talented hitters locked up on long-term deals -- and more offensive talent in the pipeline -- the Cardinals offer a great case in favor of bringing the designated hitter to the National League.
More»Cards announce six-year extension for Carpenter|
|There's one thing you should know about Perry Hill, the Marlins' first-base coach and infield instructor. In an era of overshifts and computer analysis, he's a dinosaur.
More»Furcal transitioning from shortstop to second base|
|Wandy Rodriguez doesn't walk with a swagger. He has to reach back to hit 90 mph on the radar gun. But watch Rodriguez on the mound, take a look at how well he was pitching when he was healthy last season, and it's easy to see why the Pirates didn't think they had to break the budget to bring back Burnett.
More»Pirates ready to roll with deep pitching staff|
|Things always change fast in baseball, even for the champions. And sometimes, especially for the champions. That's the case for the Red Sox. Just look at Xander Bogaerts.
More» Bogaerts jacks a two-run homer to left|
|There are good arms all over baseball, but nobody's got more pitching than the Cardinals, who are the envy of 29 other teams. They had so much pitching they went to the 2013 World Series with a future ace as the just-in-case guy in the bullpen. Shelby Miller is working hard to make sure he's in the rotation the next time the Cards are in the postseason.
More» Miller strikes out five over 2 2/3 innings|
|Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wrote top prospect Byron Buxton into his lineup for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, and it apparently made him a little giddy.
More»Top prospect Buxton chats from Spring Training|
|He still has work to do to become a complete pitcher, but in his first start, Noah Syndergaard showed why the Mets are anticipating the day he'll ascend the mound at Citi Field.
More» Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Mets|
|Baseball's ultimate wingman was center stage for the Nationals on Sunday, working for the first time in a Washington uniform. Doug Fister didn't seem embarrassed by the attention, but don't expect him to start his own blog or otherwise campaign for a higher profile anytime soon. He knows his role as well as anyone in the Major Leagues, even if a move to the National League could help him to outgrow it.
More» Fister strikes out Angle on three pitches|
|The Phillies didn't seem to mind that Saturday's game turned into a command performance for the Yankees' starting rotation, including Masahiro Tanaka. The little boy in all of them was happy to be a part of Major League Baseball's marquee event of the day.
More»Duquette breaks down Tanaka's first spring outing|
|Were we that stupid? Or are the Blue Jays baseball's best sleeper this season?
More»Reyes on Blue Jays core, recovery from ankle injury|
|An 8-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates marked the unofficial start of Derek Jeter's farewell tour, and all you really need to know is he felt great both when the day began and when it ended.
More»Phil Rogers on Jeter's 2014 Spring Training debut|
|Will the remaining free agents wait until the 2014 First-Year Player Draft to sign deals? Will the White Sox trade Adam Dunn? MLB.com columnist Phil Rogers answers these questions and more in his latest Inbox.
More»Network breaks down new Draft-pick compensation rules|
|Let's hear it for cooler heads. A year after using their leverage to give Mike Trout a minimal raise, the Angels are making him baseball's biggest salary for a non-arbitration salary. And the $1 million contract for 2014 is only today's news.
More»Mike Trout talks about his health, goals for 2014|
|Who is the player most crucial to his team? Are roster moves on tap for the White Sox? MLB.com columnist Phil Rogers answers these questions and more in his Inbox.
More» Posey looks to bounce back from sluggish '13|
|When one door closes, another one opens -- at least we hope it does, right? No one in Major League Baseball wants to see Derek Jeter walk away at the end of this season. But if the planets continue to align like this, we'll have a ready-made replacement as the face of the sport in Mike Trout.
More»Jerry Dipoto examines Trout's qualities as a teammate|
|Four free agents remain unsigned, but they may not find a deal better than the qualifying offer they each received.
More»Rogers takes a closer look at the market for Cruz|
|Angels manager Mike Scioscia says the rotation is "the heartbeat of your club.'' In 2013, 11 different starters put up a 4.30 combined ERA, the fifth-worst figure in the American League. So the Halos acquired young left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago in the Mark Trumbo deal this offseason to help bolster the staff.
More»Gonzalez discusses back-end of Angels' rotation|
|When Theo Epstein first agreed to talk to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts in the fall of 2011, he knew he would be facing a huge challenge if he left the Red Sox to join the Cubs. But Epstein had a plan to build an organization from the ground floor up, and in a Q&A with MLB.com columnist Phil Rogers, Epstein, the club's president of baseball operations, talked about the Cubs moving in the right direction and more.
More»Cubs open new Spring Training facility in Mesa, Ariz.|
|As Spring Training gets underway, no team is better built to win 100-plus than the Athletics. They know it, too, although as usual the offseason headlines were mostly about other teams. That's OK with them.
More» Gray looking to build on solid rookie season|
|Jose Abreu is a one-man rescue party for the White Sox. Nobody really wants to say it, but that's what he is. As he heads into his first Spring Training in the big leagues, everything seems right with Abreu, especially his attitude and approach.
More»Abreu talks about his hitting approach at minicamp|