No one in Chicago White Sox camp is happier for a new season than James Shields.
The downside of winning is deciding whom to pay and whom to let walk away. As Jake Arrieta's contract year arrives, Chicago's toughest choice looms.
Putting disappointment over postseason playing time behind him, Miguel Montero broke bread with his manager to talk about the catcher's 2017 role.
Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the contentious relationship brewing between Rob Manfred and the MLBPA, Matt Wieters' deal in Washington and more. Plus, a conversation with Orioles closer Zach Britton, Maria Torres of the KC Star and the Marlins' reaction to Jose Fernandez's toxicology report.
The Cubs could be even more potent with Schwarber, but the champs need to find a spot for him in the lineup. That could mean putting him and his surgically repaired left knee behind the plate.
The bar has been set
Per the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the following are the eight highest 2017 over-under win totals across all MLB teams. Story
The Chicago Cubs have the highest projected regular-season win total at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook and also have the best odds to win the World Series at 7-2.
Sammy Sosa has some regrets about the end of his Cubs tenure, but he won't beg for a return to the team's good graces.
As Willson Contreras attempts to master the art of catching Chicago's top lefty, he can lean on the best possible tutor in David Ross.
With two spots in their outfield vacated, the Chicago White Sox are hoping a familiar face can fill one and that someone emerges from a crowded Camelback Ranch camp to fill the other.
Whether it's a revolving cast of characters or a few who can't get the job done, every team has an area weighing it down. Which have hurt the worst?
Series repeat rare feat in Senior Circuit
It has happened 17 times in the American League, four times since the most recent occurrence in the NL: 1977-78 Yankees, 1992-93 Blue Jays, 1998-99-2000 Yankees.
Jake Arrieta's impressive 2016 average
The Cubs starter had far and away the best batting average among MLB pitchers last year at .262.
Cubs favored to win back-to-back titles
It took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to break their World Series title drought, but Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives them the highest odds to be repeat champions this year.
If baseball switches low strikes to balls at the bottom of the zone, some players' lives will get harder, but some will reap a big benefit at the plate.
Nick Swisher has officially retired from baseball after a 12-year major league playing career that included a World Series title with the Yankees.