While many teams are trimming payroll and searching for inexpensive solutions, the A's are surprisingly willing to spend more in 2009 than they did in '08.
The Padres nearly earned a third straight trip to the playoffs in 2007, but now the franchise is in a state of disarray, writes Sean McAdam.
Teams are being driven to the trade market by a thin free-agent pitching class -- but the cost to land an ace won't be cheap.
With the additions of Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, the Braves now have a bullpen that could be dominant in the late innings.
Why retire? Curt Schilling and a handful of fellow quadragenarian hurlers still have a lot to give -- and a lot to earn.
With his combination of both power and speed, expect Alfonso Soriano to provide an offensive jolt to the Cubs' lineup in '07.
With Jonathan Papelbon expected to join the rotation, the Red Sox are presently lacking a proven closer heading into '07.
With Vernon Wells and Roy Halladay signed for the long term, the Blue Jays have shown an ability to keep their best players.
From his tireless work ethic to his tremendous leadership skills, Jason Varitek is always in charge.
Torii Hunter combines great athleticism and fearlessness into being a master at playing around the fence.
From getting great leads to having tremendous instincts, Juan Pierre is a terror on the basepaths.
The Red Sox will go the way of the unconventional in 2003 by adopting a closer-by-committee approach.