Spring training is nearly over, but each team still has some nagging questions to answer.
Kevin continues his Divisional tour by stopping in the AL east, looking at which prospects and which affiliates are going to be most interesting.
As the example of John Lackey makes clear, baseball isn’t completely devoid of compelling characters, even if they’re only likely to show their true colors at trying times.
Which players do the BP staff expect will come back to the earthly realm this season?
Returns to the rotation for Neftali Feliz, Daniel Bard, and Chris Sale this spring might signal a renewed appreciation for the significance of the starting pitcher.
What kind of production do teams receive from players tabbed to replace superstars?
The A’s make a Moneyball move with Manny Ramirez, the Yankees round out their bench with Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez, and the Red Sox finally get what was coming to them for Theo Epstein in Cubs reliever Chris Carpenter
Will the Red Sox be sporting a bevvy of top prospects next year, or will they be derailed by beer and fried chicken?
What ever happened to Roy Oswalt making a lot of money this winter?
“John Henry and the Red Sox were great to me. They were willing to pay me more money than I could believe. But it’s more than money, I’ve never been about money. I made one decision based on money in my life–when I signed with the Mets rather than go to Stanford–and I promised I’d never do it again.” –Billy Beane, Athletics general manager, on turning down an offer to join the Red Sox
Recently, BP’s authors got into a heated debate over the merits of Shea Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand, you may remember, started the 2002 season on fire, setting Red Sox Nation hearts aflutter and confounding statheads everywhere.