Will the Red Sox repeat? Who will rule the loaded NL East? We made our picks -- and you can make your own.
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From big names in new uniforms to must-see superstar showdowns, these are the stars and storylines you'll be talking about all season.
Will Mike Trout win his third MVP or Nolan Arenado his first? Who will deliver Cy-worthy seasons? Add your picks to our own.
Touted prospect Forrest Whitley will start the season in the minors but has certainly showed why he could factor into the Houston Astros' plans at some point.
The Astros to win the AL West? Sure, if you like easy money. How about Yasiel Puig for MVP or the Rangers to win a playoff game? Those are just two of the long shots our writers and reporters are eyeing.
Buster chats with Tim Kurkjian about how the Mets are in an unprecedented position with Jacob deGrom and the surprising contract the Red Sox gave Chris Sale (7:38). Plus, he talks to Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta (35:42) before "Cap Talk" and the first weekly quiz from Todd Radom (47:05)
Justin Verlander said his new deal with the Astros is part of a "new wave in baseball" where teams are locking up their star players before letting them hit free agency.
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, who was due to be a free agent after the 2019 season, has agreed to a $66 million extension through the 2021 season, sources told ESPN.
This Just In
Starter Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros are in agreement on a two-year, $66 million contract extension, a league source with knowledge of the deal tells ESPN - Jeff Passan
Alex Bregman's decision to sign a long-term contract with the Astros was not impacted by the second slow free-agent market.
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is due to be a free agent after the 2019 season.
Although expectations remain high for a Houston team that returns the majority of its roster from last season, manager AJ Hinch said Tuesday he will be careful to make sure these Astros don't look too far ahead in 2019.
Yankees guest instructor Lee Mazzilli remains in the hospital, resting comfortably after being struck in the head by a ball in batting practice in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday.
Buster discusses the first game of 2019 with Eduardo Perez (5:35), dishes on the Mike Trout & Alex Bregman deals with Keith Law (9:50), dives into the numbers with Hembo (24:19) and catches up with Mets OF Michael Conforto to talk about his perspective on the Trout deal and expectations for New York this season (30:40).
Budding superstar Alex Bregman has agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension with the Houston Astros.
Reliever Ryan Pressly, who was 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 77 outings for the Twins and Astros last season, has signed a two-year extension with Houston through the 2021 season.
Before hearing from Carlos Correa (36:42) & Marcus Semien (43:17), Buster & Boog Sciambi discuss the video game epidemic, Scott Boras' rough winter, Clayton Kershaw & more (4:38). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (30:16).
Can the Red Sox repeat? Will L.A. stumble? Who is MLB's best player? Pinch hit on this fill-in-the-blanks 2019 baseball forecast -- but we'll have the last word.
Before hearing from Nationals RP Sean Doolittle (31:43), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss A.J. Hinch's gripes, strength of schedule concerns, Carlos Gonzalez's signing & much more (8:11). Plus, Derrick Goold with some "Inside Heat" on the Cardinals' spring struggles (37:20).
Astros manager AJ Hinch has been suspended one spring training game for calling umpire Angel Hernandez "unprofessional" and "arrogant."