|The A's have frequently used a strength-in-numbers approach, but rarely more often than this winter. In total, Billy Beane and David Forst acquired 27 players in nine trades during the Hot Stove season.
More» Semien drives in two with homer to left|
|It's not just players and umpires who have to adjust to baseball's new pace of play initiatives, including a clock that counts down from 2:25 -- 2:45 for nationally-televised games -- and dictates that the upcoming batter be announced when the timer hits 40 seconds.
More» Moreno delivers pitch as clock expires|
|The expectations have changed for manager Buddy Black and the Padres. No longer are the Padres the underdog. "It's exciting," said Black. "We know what is in front of us, and we welcome it."
More»A.J. Preller talks about the 2015 Padres|
|Madison Bumgarner wasn't even sure how many runs he gave up in his tough spring debut, showing how little it mattered to him.
|The key word here is "excited" or "exciting" or "excitement." But this is not child-at-Christmas-jumping-for-joy-right-now excitement. This is more like the healthy anticipation of down-the-road achievement, on the part of highly competitive adults.
More»Harper discusses 2015 expectations, adding Scherzer|
|Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is a reminder that it's a mistake to underestimate the smart guys, the curious guys, the ones who believe in themselves when almost no one else does.
More» J.D. Martinez should build off '15 breakout|
|In just the first 10 days of Spring Training, Vince Coleman has already begun to change the team culture, and he promises that his work will make a major difference over the course of 2015.
More»Ventura on Coleman's impact as baserunning instructor|
|Two years ago, the Miami Marlins lost 100 games. Now, without a hint of exaggeration, they can be projected as a postseason team. What happened? This was a winning combination that started with a talented young core of players developing as hoped. That made possible a series of extremely astute acquisitions this winter.
|The first two years in the Major Leagues have presented the highest of highs and lowest of lows for Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha.
More»Wacha discusses health, mindset after bullpen session|
|When Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer came to the Cubs before the 2012 season, they wrote a manual called "The Cubs Way," detailing how they wanted instructors to teach and what traits they wanted their scouts to value. Dexter Fowler, who came to Chicago in a January trade, says the organization's direction jumped out at him even though he had spent 2014 with the Astros, who are in a similar rebuilding stage.
More»Maddon shares his impressions of new Cub Fowler|
|The Houston Astros say it started with the two pitchers, Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel. They're the ones who deserve the credit for the Astros' success, because they were the ones who embraced change and executed every single pitch.
More»Hinch on Astros' starters, Hernandez's status at camp|
|Despite the activity of his division rivals this offseason, Terry Francona is confident in his roster and is making sure his players share that confidence.
More»Francona on spring butterflies, preparing for season|
|Asked if he ever wonders why he still seems to fly under the national radar as pitching coach of the three-time World Series champion Giants, Dave Righetti grinned, winked and said, "That's the idea." Bruce Bochy, distinguished manager of the reigning champs, doesn't hesitate in freely praising Righetti, who is entering his 16th season as pitching coach.
More»Bochy discusses spring progress of pitching staff|
|Alex Gordon has become the standout from the 2005 First-Year Player Draft that included: Gordon, No. 2 to the Royals; Ryan Zimmerman, No. 4 to the Nationals; Ryan Braun, No. 5 to the Brewers; and Troy Tulowitzki, No. 7 to the Rockies.
More» Gordon is consistent, lacks any weaknesses|
|Minnie Minoso's death on Sunday leaves holes everywhere. No one alive knew better what it was like for Latin American players to come to the Major Leagues -- Cuban players, in particular. But that's just the very tip of his legacy.
More»Rogers remembers the life and career of Minnie Minoso|
|The Nationals are the consensus favorites to win the NL East, but the Mets and Marlins think they might both have something to say about that. For the Mets, optimism begins with a rotation stacked with power arms and more of them in the Minors.
More»Collins believes Mets' roster is built for October|
|Just prior to his first appearance for the Orioles last August after the Red Sox traded him to Baltimore, Andrew Miller ran in from the bullpen to a rousing ovation from the 39,487 fans at Camden Yards, an experience that is indelibly etched in his memory, the newest Yankees left-hander said. Miller is hoping to create more special moments at Yankee Stadium in the years ahead.
More»Get to know new Yankees reliever Andrew Miller|
|The Cardinals won the NL Central with 90 wins a year ago despite slumping across the board on offense. Redbirds skipper Mike Matheny is looking for much more production from his bats in 2015.
More»Matheny talks individual growth at the plate|
|The infield of the 2014 Athletics didn't last eight months. Gone are Brandon Moss, Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson, the team's best player. The primary second baseman, Eric Sogard, remains in camp in an anticipated utility role.
More»Melvin on upcoming season, new and familiar faces|
|By signing franchise cornerstone Giancarlo Stanton to a record deal and acquiring numerous veteran stars this offseason, the Marlins have put themselves in a position to compete for a postseason berth this year.
More»Mike Hill discusses the 2015 Marlins on Hot Stove|
|As we inch closer to Spring Training games, the number of quality players available on the trade market could make the month of March as active as this past winter. Here are my top candidates to garner a lot of attention and even potentially be traded by the start of Opening Day.
More»Duquette on the possibility of Spring Training deals|
|One of the National League's best teams the last five seasons is overlooked, even though it has only three fewer regular-season wins than the Giants, who consider themselves a dynasty after winning the World Series in 2010, '12 and '14.
More»Reds counting on Votto, Hamilton to contend in 2015|
|Camp Boomer, presided over by Dodgers coach Steve "Boomer" Yeager, just opened, but newcomer Yasmani Grandal -- the centerpiece in the Matt Kemp trade with the Padres -- already has opened eyes.
More»Grandal pumped to be in Dodgers camp this spring|
|Upon arriving in camp for the first time this spring, new shortstop Didi Gregorius received these words of wisdom from manager Joe Girardi: Try to be the best Didi Grigorius you can be. Don't try to be like Derek Jeter, the icon he's replacing on the left side of the Yanks infield.
More»Gregorius on joining Yankees, championship goals|
|For the first time since Hideo Nomo burst onto the scene with the Dodgers in 1995, there were no Japanese rookies on any Major League rosters when camps opened this year.
More»Ichiro excited to join young Marlins team at camp|
|The D-backs are embracing a chance to create a new look this spring. This is, after all, a franchise that lost 98 games last season, prompting ownership to revamp the management team for the third time in five years, hiring Dave Stewart to take over for Kevin Towers and Chip Hale to replace Kirk Gibson.
More»Hale discusses his vision, expectations for D-backs|
|Once more, they have very few question marks. As usual, they have high expectations. In that way, the St. Louis Cardinals never seem to change much.
More»John Mozeliak joins Mad Dog on High Heat|
|Dan Duquette has four years remaining on his contract as Orioles president of baseball operations, but his talks to take the same position in Toronto with the Blue Jays this past offseason were no mere flirtation. His relationship with the Blue Jays goes back.
More»Dan Duquette believes Orioles will succeed in 2015|
|As Black History Month draws to a close, everybody mentions the usual suspects associated with Major League Baseball, but when thinking about those other significant African Americans, Monte Irvin's name keeps surfacing for MLB.com's Terence Moore.
More» No. 20, Monte Irvin|
|While the Brewers weren't fully prepared for Ramirez's announcement that he plans to retire at the end of the season, they weren't shocked, either. It's clear the 36-year-old from the Dominican Republic is prepared to walk away no matter what happens in 2015.
More»McCalvy reacts to Aramis' retirement decision|