Japan will look to replace the likes of Ichiro Suzuki and Yu Darvish with a new generation of young talent as it bids to capture a third straight World Baseball Classic title.
Adam LaRoche, the understated first baseman, has won his much-deserved Gold Glove. And now we turn our attention to other prizes, beginning with the Rookie of the Year awards. The Washington Nationals have a horse in that race, too, you may have heard. Or maybe he's an ivory-billed woodpecker.
Davey Johnson sat down and his expression said it before his first words could. "Well, that one hurt," the Washington Nationals manager said.
It was just Friday afternoon that Davey Johnson endorsed a co-closer approach. Both Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard would get chances down the stretch as the Washington Nationals try to wrap up the National League East title.
Previewing the National League.
A team-by-team look at the National League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with outfielder Michael Bourn for $6.845 million, starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens for $5.5 million and reliever Eric O'Flaherty for $2.49 million.