Starting with baseball's reigning best player, out on the grass is where you find the stars to build contenders around.
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After providing a taste of what they can do last season, these pitchers are ready to take their place among MLB's elite.
The price of Kansas City's 2023 option on second base Whit Merrifield is conditioned on the second baseman not spending more than 109 days on the injured list in each of the next four seasons.
At a position with rising offensive production, who joins Jose Altuve near the top of our list?
These under-the-radar players could open some eyes during spring training and make some noise in the majors before the year is out.
The Kansas City Royals signed veteran reliever Jake Diekman to a $2.25 million, one-year contract on Wednesday that includes a mutual option for the 2020 season with a $500,000 buyout.
While Minnesota has a crop of young players who aren't far from breaking out, the White Sox seem to be top heavy and the Indians are sneaky strong.
We start our position-by-position tiers at catcher, where franchise performers aren't exactly easy to come by in 2019.
From big names with something to prove to young stars to get to know, here's what you'll want to keep an eye on during spring training.
Which of the decade's brightest stars will be remembered for outshining all rivals at the plate, on the mound or in the field?
Melky Cabrera has agreed to a minor league deal with the Pirates.
Veteran right-hander Homer Bailey, who has gone 67-77 with a 4.56 ERA and has two no-hitters in his 12 seasons with the Reds, has joined the Royals on a minor league deal.
Free agent Brad Boxberger, a former All-Star who had 32 saves for the Diamondbacks last season, has reached a deal with the Royals, a source confirmed to ESPN.
We're still waiting for this winter's big free agents to sign, but that didn't stop us from predicting which uniforms they'll be wearing in the Midsummer Classic. Who else makes our star-studded squads?
Everybody loves to be ahead of the curve in identifying the next up-and-coming stars. Here are some names to put on your watch list.
The Padres have top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., but how much young talent is behind him? And how does your team's prospect pool rate?
From washed-up stars to guys who've never lived up to their paychecks and one slugger who is out of baseball, we examine MLB's biggest money mistakes.
Spring training is almost here. Check out reporting dates for teams in Florida and Arizona, including the defending champion Red Sox.
With baseball enjoying a surge in young talent, we look at which up-and-comers should be part of the next wave.
The Royals could have paid versatile second baseman Whit Merrifield relatively little this year, then given him a series of one-year contracts accompanied by increasing pressure each season.
It was an uneventful winner for the Kansas City Royals and that's just fine by manager Ned Yost, who was recovering from injuries suffered when he fell from a deer stand this time a year ago.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the team supports pitcher Eric Skoglund, who was suspended for the season's first 80 games Wednesday after testing positive for two performance-enhancing substances.
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado aren't the only big names still searching for the right fit. We examine who is available and their most likely landing spots.