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.
Whom do you trust more, Man or Machine? ESPN The Magazine is eliminating human error in its AL Central picks this year with the help of the stat gurus at Baseball Think Factory and their cutting-edge computer projection system known as ZiPS.