Will Jonathan Papelbon remain the Red Sox's closer for the entire 2011 season? Will Mike Quade be the answer to the Cubs' longtime futility in the postseason? Those are just two of the team-related questions heading into spring training.
The Baltimore Orioles have had continuing conversations with ESPN analyst Buck Showalter about their managerial job, another sign that they are closing in on making him an official offer, two sources close to the negotiations have confirmed.
Former Texas Rangers and New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine, now an analyst with ESPN, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the managerial job with the Baltimore Orioles, Valentine confirmed Wednesday.