Jeremy Hermida, Lastings Milledge and Jeff Francoeur all basked in the limelight early in their careers. They've since fallen on hard times, and are now clinging to life in the big leagues.
Javier Vazquez and Doug Davis are among the starters with .500 or losing records who've been better than the W's and L's would suggest.
A promising young core of players gives the Reds immediate hope to at the very least have their first winning season since 2000.
Free-agent outfielder Bobby Abreu is in serious talks toward a one-year agreement with the Angels, two baseball sources told ESPN.com.
This week's edition of Starting 9 looks back at last winter's free agents, and assigns them grades from "A" through "F."
Looking for a bat? Here are five productive players whose names are likely to be kicked around at the GM meetings in Florida.
Seven teams and perhaps even a few more still stand a legitimate shot to win the wild card in the National League.
The Reds, who entered the season with minimal expectations, have been one of baseball's big early surprises.
Jerry Crasnick runs down the best-case and worst-case scenarios for each of the 30 teams heading into the 2006 season.
Just when it looked like Ken Griffey Jr. was for the most part washed up, he's again an elite-level player.
While some outfielders have already been dealt, there are others still on the market.
Some teams are still trying to determine where they stand as the July 31 nonwaiver deadline approaches.
The Reds need help and have a surplus of outfielders they could trade. Then again, maybe they won't.
The Indians and Reds began the season with high expectations, but both have failed to deliver.
Pedro Martinez lived up to his billing before the worst fear of every Mets' fan was realized, Jerry Crasnick writes.
Are the Mets really serious about A-Rod? The Brewers cursed? Trade Griffey? Answers to these, and plenty more.