After an eventful offseason changed the landscape of the division, we debate how the teams vying to take Tampa Bay's crown measure up.
From former All-Stars trying to make one more roster to top prospects getting a first chance, there are some intriguing players to watch in every spring training camp.
New faces in new places, top prospects and more: What we're most excited for as spring training games begin
Here's what we can't wait to watch when MLB games start this weekend.
William Weinbaum ESPN
With Wed.'s announcement of an Atlantic Lg. team in Charleston (an ex-M's affil), the 4 West Virginia MiLB teams are newly placed for 2021, with Princeton (ex-Rays affil) & Bluefield (ex-Jays affil) in the new collegiate wood bat Appalachian Lg. & Morgantown (ex-Pitt affil) in the new MLB Draft Lg. for top prospects. "I am thrilled that baseball will rightfully be back in Charleston," Sen. Shelley Capito said Wed., adding, "America's pastime is West Virginia's, too."
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
A beautiful day in Tampa for the Yankees first day of full squad workouts.
Veteran starter Chris Archer, who was with Tampa Bay from 2012 to 2018, has returned to the Rays and is thrilled with the "really nice balance" the defending AL champions possess.
Which AL teams have the most talent making its way toward the majors? We rank the top 10 (and beyond) in each system.
— The Blue Jays expect to split the home portion of this year's regular-schedule among their spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida, their Triple-A ballpark in Buffalo, New York, and the Rogers Center in Toronto.
Everyone is looking at up at the Rays on this year's list, but Tampa Bay isn't the only system loaded with talent.
The Tampa Bay Rays added veteran depth to their pitching staff on Wednesday, finalizing deals with Oliver Drake, 34, and Rich Hill, 40.
The Rays traded reliever John Curtiss to the Marlins on Wednesday and also acquired pitchers Chris Mazza and Jeffrey Springs in another deal with the Red Sox.
Here's how baseball's stars of tomorrow stack up as the sport returns to a full season.
Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty will receive $3.9 million in 2021 after winning his arbitration case, while Braves pitcher Mike Soroka will make $2.8 million after winning his case.
Veteran pitchers Rich Hill, 40, and Collin McHugh, 33, have both reached one-year deals with the Rays, according to reports. Hill is 67-44 with a 3.79 ERA over his career, while McHugh is 58-43 with a 3.95 ERA.
The Rays took another hit for their losing World Series strategy, with even their former ace getting a laugh at their expense.
With more free-agent arms still available, here's how baseball's 30 starting staffs stack up today.
Aaron Slegers, born in Long Beach, California, has a solid chance to earn an important job in the Angels' bullpen, which is undergoing a major overhaul by new general manager Perry Minasian.
The Rays' Ji-Man Choi was the only one to win his arbitration hearing out of the three verdicts Friday, with the Mets' J.D. Davis and the Orioles' Anthony Santander losing their cases.
With free agents still on the board -- and the NL DH still a question mark -- we rank MLB's 30 batting orders as they stand today.
Chris Archer has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rays, the team with which he has enjoyed his greatest success, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
You know about the major league stars who have changed uniforms this winter, but what about the young players moving in return?
Five things Jeff Passan is hearing: Will frugal 10 actually spend, Bauer's market and another All-Star trade candidate
Free agency has heated up -- well, at least for some teams -- but big names remain available. Here's our latest MLB offseason buzz.
From historic heists to modern blockbusters, we examine the reasons for the most memorable deals in baseball history.
Left-hander reliever Aaron Loup, who was 3-2 with a 2.52 ERA for Tampa Bay last season, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets, according to multiple reports.
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