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

How the NL East mound staffs look heading into spring

The New York Mets are set to defend their National League pennant with the pitching staff that had the fourth-best ERA (3.44) in the league. The Nationals have a new look to their rotation. The Marlins are hoping for health and a chance to show they were better than last season. The Braves and Phillies are dealing with rebuilding projects. As the mid-Atlantic moves snow ... read more

Breaking down the pitching staffs in the AL East

The Rays rotation is deep and returning to health. The Yankees have a trumped-up bullpen, a candidate to be the best in baseball. The Red Sox signed David Price to anchor their rotation and Craig Kimbrel to be their closer. The Blue Jays have Drew Storen, the former Nationals closer. The Orioles have a strong bullpen, but rotation questions. Here's how the American League East ... read more

Answers to pressing questions as offseason turns into home stretch

It's question-and-answer time: Q: The Orioles and Nationals each need a starting pitcher. Did they miss a deal when Ian Kennedy signed for $70 million with the World Series champion Royals? A: Kennedy, 31, was the best of the starters on the low-risk, high-reward free agent list, but it was shocking that the Royals, of all teams, gave him that kind of money. Kennedy is ... read more

Looking for a landing spot for Ian Desmond

As spring training nears and big-name free agents such as Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes look for contracts, free agent shortstop Ian Desmond is lost in the shuffle. Desmond, 30, who was the last link to the Nationals' history in Montreal, is facing a looking for a tight for shortstops. Desmond turned down a long-term contract worth at least $100 million from the Nationals. Then, ... read more

Notes on Chen, Parra and more offseason moves for the Orioles and Nationals

The Miami Marlins have signed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and the Colorado Rockies have added outfielder Gerardo Parra, so that puts the Orioles in the middle of trade speculation and free agent signings with pitchers. The news focus is left-handed batting outfielders, whether it is the Nationals or the Orioles. Parra, who played for the Orioles last season, gets three years and $27 million. He gives ... read more

Griffey makes Hall of Fame clean, so what about those connected to steroids?

The two biggest stories coming out of Wednesday's Hall of Fame election were Ken Griffey Jr. missing a unanimous selection by three votes and the ramifications of Mike Piazza opening the door for Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, two players that have been tied to performance-enhancing drugs. The hunt is on for the three voters who didn't select Griffey. It is within the voters' rights ... read more

Are Nats' Storen, Papelbon the right relievers to fill bullpen holes elsewhere?

The Nationals have spent the offseason rebuilding their bullpen, adding Trevor Gott, Shawn Kelley, Oliver Perez and Yusmeiro Petit. With Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon, it would appear the Nationals' bullpen is set. But, given that Storen asked for a trade and Papelbon attempted to choke Bryce Harper at the end of last season, there are questions: Will Storen and Papelbon stay in D.C. and ... read more