Buster Olney writes that the Atlanta Braves have a big decision on the horizon with catcher Brian McCann, who will be a free agent after the 2013 season. Problem is, salaries in baseball are increasing, while the Braves' budget fails to grow.
Jim Thome has done everything in his career besides win a championship, and he's come back to the Phillies to do that. Buster Olney writes that Thome is preparing for the challenge of playing some first base along with pinch hitting.
When the Milwaukee Brewers traded Brett Lawrie to the Toronto Blue Jays at the winter meetings, many believed Toronto was just getting another prima donna player. But the infielder is impressing his coaches this spring in adapting to a new position.
Buster Olney writes that Don Mattingly's arrival has breathed new life into Dodgers' camp this spring, but that last year's failures have also led to a renewed dedication from the team's young stars -- Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Chad Billingsley.
Last season, the Baltimore Orioles played a terribly difficult early-season schedule. It may well have cost their manager a job. This year, it doesn't get much easier. But at least a rival takes their place with the toughest early slate.
Darryl Strawberry required the structure of baseball, the bare fact it existed and surrounded him, to keep him from his demons. Miguel Cabrera may require the same, but that doesn't mean his chance to beat his demons should be wasted.
Buster Olney blogs from the first day of the winter meetings by looking at the Jayson Werth deal -- which may have said more about Scott Boras than about Werth -- and then looking at the markets for Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre off that deal.
While wins might be a statistic newer generations of stat-savvy fans are more dismissive of, it's hard to deny the unreal discrepancy between games the Rockies win when Ubaldo Jimenez pitches and the amount they lose when he doesn't.
If Stephen Strasburg had started his career in the majors and had piled up a 5-0 record with a 2.22 ERA by this point, they'd already be carving his bust for Cooperstown. But Mike Leake is the one who's done just that -- ever so quietly.
While other sports have worked hard to subdue any interaction between coaches, players and referees -- can you imagine Bill Belichick racing out to argue with Ed Hochuli? -- MLB continues to offer up its umpires and their battles as part of the show.
It wasn't so long ago that Florida called up a then 20-year-old Miguel Cabrera, and saw him help catapult them to success in a tough division. They have the opportunity to do something similar this year. Buster looks into the next Florida star.