With camps set to open, checking out some pitching storylines

As pitchers and catchers open spring training camps this week in Arizona and Florida, here's a look at the pitching storylines: Question: How will the Angels use Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese pitcher that wants to be a hitter and pitcher? Answer: Angels manager Mike Scioscia won't reveal specifics, but Ohtani will pitch and then be in the lineup between starts. Ohtani, 23, who signed for ... read more

Notes on the newest Hall of Fame class and voting

The Baseball Writers' Association of America did a pretty good job with their latest Hall of Fame ballot. They elected Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Chipper Jones, and held off Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. They could have done better by electing Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Omar Vizquel - and even long shot Fred McGriff - but maybe those guys will make it ... read more

Answering Hall of Fame questions and revealing this year's ballot

Shortstop Alan Trammell and pitcher Jack Morris have been voted into the Hall of Fame by the Modern Era Committee. So now that the approximately 430 ballots from the Baseball Writers' Association are in, here are answers to the most-frequently asked questions about who will be inducted into Cooperstown on a steamy day in July. The BBWAA will announce vote totals Jan. 24. Question: Should ... read more

Taking stock of what happened at the Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Angels, Cardinals, Yankees and Cubs were the most aggressive teams at baseball's Winter Meetings. We can assume Giancarlo Stanton's arrival in New York means the Yankees will be out of the running for Bryce Harper when he becomes eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. The Nationals re-signed reliever Brandon Kintzler, so if the Koda Glover and Shawn ... read more

Does Cardinals' trade for Ozuna complicate their pursuit of Machado?

The Cardinals didn't get Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, but they have landed another Miami outfielder, Marcell Ozuna, a 27-year old All-Star with a Gold Glove. Now the question is: Does this mean the Cardinals would be pulling out of the market for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado? Apparently they would still like to swing a deal for the Baltimore slugger, who also has a ... read more

Light on actual movement, Winter Meetings are heavy on speculation

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The second day of baseball's Winter Meetings were light on moves, but, as usual, heavy on speculation. The biggest move on Tuesday involved the Yankees, who traded third baseman Chase Headley to the Padres, leaving them without a proven third baseman, as well as an established second baseman. The Yankees traded second baseman Starlin Castro to the Marlins in the ... read more

Stanton eager for "new chapter" with Yankees; Hall of Fame finally calls Morris, Trammell

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Yankees, who a year ago were thought of as a rebuilding club, officially introduced Giancarlo Stanton, the National League MVP in 2017, as a member of their team. "This is a great new chapter in my life,'' Stanton said at a press conference Monday as baseball's Winter Meetings opened in the Magic Kingdom. Stanton, who led the majors with ... read more

Where the AL East stands before the Winter Meetings

We are not breaking any news here when we say the Orioles need starting pitching - at least three starters and certainly more - if they are going to be contenders in the 2018 American League East. The Orioles have Kevin Gausman, who pitched well in the second half after a lousy first half in 2017, and Dylan Bundy at the top of the rotation, ... read more