Mark Buehrle

Toronto Blue Jays 2014 Preview

Less hype, less hope for Jays in 2014

It would be fitting, in a can’t-predict-baseball kind of way, if the Blue Jays made their move just when the rest of the league stopped paying attention. It could happen, because there’s undeniable talent on this roster. Toronto could surprise, but will more likely stay in the cellar.

The Blue Jays went all-in on 2013, trading several top prospects, boosting the payroll, attracting more fans — but winning only one more game and finishing last in the American League East. Most of the same cast returns for another try, with a lot less optimism but also much less hype.

Miami Marlins 2012 Preview

New-look Marlins expect to contend
<p> It was the spending spree heard ’round the baseball world. In the span of a few dizzying December days, the newly recast Miami Marlins shelled out $191 million to sign three prominent free agents. After acting like a small-market franchise for virtually all of their two-decade existence, it’s a refreshing change to see the Marlins fall in line with such big-spending Miami brethren as the Heat and the Dolphins.</p>

Miami Marlins

Baseball's Pitching Changes: The NL Arms Race

Offseason changes add to senior circuit’s pitching depth, teams’ expectations
<p> A look at the significant pitching changes made this offseason in the National League</p>

—by Mark Ross

Similar to the American League, this offseason has seen plenty of changes when it comes to the pitching staffs in the National League. Trades and free agent signings have not only impacted rosters, but have been made in hopes of shaking up the standings in Major League Baseball's Senior Circuit.