Some teams are employing extreme defensive shifts to neutralize dangerous left-handed hitters like Jason Giambi and David Ortiz, writes Jerry Crasnick.
When Carlos Beltran plays like he is now, it's easy to see what the fuss was about when the Mets signed him, writes Jerry Crasnick.
April performance is no guarantee of future results, but it's still encouraging. Here's eight players to watch.
Some teams have three, some have none. The beauty of the lefty reliever is in the eye of the beholder.
Will the A's trade Barry Zito? It's not likely, but landing a hitter like Frank Thomas or Mike Piazza isn't out of the question, writes Jerry Crasnick.
Although Ugueth Urbina is awaiting trial in Venezuela, some team is likely to sign him -- if he's set free.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria got the exact man he wanted to run his team by hiring Joe Girardi.
Advance scouting helps teams keep track of opponents and gain competitive intelligence.
Besides pitching, hitting and fielding, health is also part of the equation for postseason contenders.
Players such as Derek Jeter are the exception, but major-leaguers often violate the game's most basic fundamentals.
Gary Carter hopes managing the Mets' rookie-league team will eventually lead to a major-league job.
While some outfielders have already been dealt, there are others still on the market.
How significant is the Latino influence in baseball? It's deeper and more profound than ever, writes Jerry Crasnick.
When he's not carrying Cliff Floyd's luggage, David Wright's carrying the offensive load for the Mets.
Some teams are still trying to determine where they stand as the July 31 nonwaiver deadline approaches.
Here are six third basemen who are still laboring to find that elusively blissful state commonly known as being "in the zone."