With the departure of free agents Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller, the O's have some big shoes to fill. The additions of Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and Chris Davis -- all projected to be back in the everyday lineup -- should help things, but the Orioles still have a shopping list to get to before Spring Training begins.
There are no shortage of candidates for what appears to be one vacant spot in the Marlins' rotation. The competition got a little more interesting when David Phelps was brought into the mix via a trade with the Yankees.
Do the Yankees think that they will go far with their rotation of CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda? Any chance the club goes after a closer to give Dellin Betances another year to develop? Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers those questions and others in his Inbox.
How is the bullpen shaping up as Spring Training nears? How much playing time will Ryan Hanigan get? How's Mike Napoli feeling after his sleep apnea surgery? Red Sox beat reporter Ian Browne tackles these questions and others in his Inbox.
Will the Phillies trade Domonic Brown and Ben Revere? If the Phils move Cole Hamels, shouldn't they get multiple prospects in return? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
Can Dioner Navarro fill in at first base? Why do the Blue Jays avoid giving out incentives to free agents? Why hasn't Maicer Izturis been mentioned as an option for second base? Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers those questions and others in his Inbox.
As we get settled in the new year, let's consider eight clubs who appear to have improved themselves the most. Some teams were already close and others took huge steps forward, writes columnist Richard Justice.
Get ready, because years ending in a 5 have been especially significant in baseball. The last three have brought long-awaited breakthroughs to Chicago, Atlanta and Kansas City. With 2015 upon us, let's take a decade-by-decade look back.
From current players to managers to league executives, the baseball community joined together and took to social media to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 to help in the fight against ALS.
The mood has shifted at Wrigley Field, and it's not because of all the construction work underway at the 100-year-old ballpark. With the additions of Joe Maddon at the helm and Jon Lester in the rotation, the Cubs are eagerly anticipating 2015.
Despite turning 37 this past season, new Reds left-field acquisition Marlon Byrd achieved some career high-water marks in 2014. He achieved career highs in games and hit 25 home runs for the Phillies. But there was another career-high that did not please Byrd -- his 185 strikeouts. It left him with a bad taste that he's been spending his offseason trying to get over.
A highly-active participant in the Hot Stove season, the Red Sox think they've put the pieces in place for a stirring revival in 2015.
You should ignore the hand-wringing around Atlanta over the offensively challenged Braves trading Jason Heyward and Justin Upton within days of one another. In the long run -- if not the medium run, or even the short run -- the Choppers and the Chanters will get over it. They'll discover the Braves did the right thing for so many reasons.
After adding Shawn Kelley and Brandon Maurer to an already strong relief corps, the Padres have a shot to have the best bullpen in the National League next season.
Can Kansas City take the next step? Will D-backs outfielder Yasmany Tomas be the next Cuban native to become a star in the Majors? Where will Max Scherzer and James Shields wind up? Let's ring in the new year with 15 burning questions for 2015.
After improving by 16 wins and coming within one game of tying for their first playoff berth in 13 years, Seattle appears poised to make a postseason push in 2015. There is much work to be done and questions still to be answered, but the Mariners clearly have put themselves back into the conversation in the American League West and will head to Spring Training in February with renewed optimism.
Tony Oliva looked like a Hall of Famer more than four decades ago. And for many of us who saw him play then, that notion has not changed. One more vote for him among those 16 committee members would have been, even after all this time, fair and fitting.