Looking at position battles, including Trea Turner's shot as the Nats' shortstop

At 22, Trea Turner is one of the Nationals' top prospects after arriving in a trade from the San Diego Padres. He hit .322 in 116 games for three minor league teams in two organizations last season. And with Ian Desmond now the Texas Rangers left fielder, Turner is the Nationals shortstop of the future. The question is, "When will the future begin?" The answer ... read more

For Ian Desmond, new challenges aplenty after long wait to sign

Former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond not only has a new team and a new league, he has a new position. At 30, Desmond signed for $8 million to play left field for the Texas Rangers. Desmond has played four games in the outfield during his career. He'll get the advantage of playing 15 home games in Texas during April. Desmond, who hit .233 last season, ... read more

Nationals, Mets look like the pitching leaders in NL East race

As Nationals pitchers and catchers settle in for their final spring training in Viera, Fla., some familiar faces will be elsewhere. Jordan Zimmermann, who came up in 2008 and had a 3.32 ERA in 117 starts, signed with Detroit. Reliever Craig Stammen, a National since 2009, is with Cleveland and Drew Storen, who saved 95 games after joining the team in 2010, was traded to ... read more

Looking at the pitching landscape in the AL East

With a .500 record and a third-place finish, the Orioles didn't meet expectations last season. And now, as pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the Orioles will have to beat reconstructed pitching staffs in the American League East to make the playoffs for the third time in five years. The defending champion Blue Jays have former Nationals closer Drew Storen for their bullpen, but ... read more

Questions for each American League team heading into spring training

Spring training camps open this week in Arizona and Florida, and of course, there are questions to be answered for American League teams: Kansas City: Can the Royals make a third consecutive World Series and be the first team to do so since the 1998-2001 Yankees? The Athletics were also in three consecutive World Series from 1988-1990. Toronto: Will former National Drew Storen, who lost ... read more

Questions for each National League team going into spring training

Spring training has arrived in Florida and Arizona, and I have questions about every one of the 15 National League teams. Here they are: St. Louis: Can the Cardinals, who won 100 games last year despite key injuries, be able to get rebound seasons from pitcher Adam Wainwright, catcher Yadier Molina, first baseman Matt Adams and outfielder Matt Holliday? Los Angeles: How much will the ... read more

With Super Bowl in the books, time to turn attentions to baseball's questions

Super Bowl 50 is complete. The Denver Broncos are celebrating a 24-10 victory against the Carolina Panthers. This all means, of course, that baseball spring training is the next big event. The Orioles' first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 19. The Nationals start a day later. Both teams' pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 18. The Orioles' biggest questions are pitching and right ... read more

Finding connections between the Super Bowl and baseball

This is the NFL's Super Bowl week. It is the 50th Super Bowl. It should be Super Bowl L, in keeping with the sport's Roman numeral tradition, but this year, the NFL decided to go with "50" instead of the capital L. So while the Super Bowl is grabbing all the headlines, let's see how many baseball angles we can find to the Carolina-Denver game ... read more