MLB Spring Training 2014: Dates, Schedule and Team Predictions

Alex EspinozaCorrespondent IIIFebruary 24, 2014

MLB Spring Training 2014: Dates, Schedule and Team Predictions

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    Steven Senne/Associated Press

    It's hard to believe, but the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers will open the 2014 Major League Baseball season in less than a month. The two National League West foes are set to duel in Sydney, Australia, on March 22 and 23 in the latest of baseball's international series to start a season.

    While those two teams got a head start on spring training in the desert, the league's 28 other teams are also in action in Arizona and Florida. With exhibition games set to start in the coming days, here's a look at each team's spring training schedule plus storylines to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    The Arizona Diamondbacks got an early start to spring training, as they are set to go Down Under to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, in a season-opening series on March 22 and 23.

    The team made a couple of high-profile additions this offseason, signing pitcher Bronson Arroyo and acquiring slugger Mark Trumbo via trade from the Los Angeles Angels. The Trumbo trade was met with some criticism, as the Diamondbacks shipped away top prospects in outfielder Adam Eaton and pitcher Tyler Skaggs for a one-dimensional player. But Trumbo should be counted on to provide some major home run power behind MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt.

    There is a heated battle going on at the back of the bullpen for the closer position, but look for Addison Reed to separate himself from the pack during camp and earn the ninth-inning role by the time the Diamondbacks get to Australia. The 25-year-old can be shaky at times, but he converted 69 saves the past two seasons combined for the Chicago White Sox.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team 
    Wed, Feb 26, 20141:10 pm MSTDodgers@ D-backs 
    Thu, Feb 27, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Cubs 
    Thu, Feb 27, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Dodgers 
    Fri, Feb 28, 20141:10 pm MSTRockies@ D-backs 
    Sat, Mar 01, 20141:10 pm MSTBrewers@ D-backs 
    Sat, Mar 01, 20147:10 pm MSTCubs@ D-backs 
    Sun, Mar 02, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Giants 
    Mon, Mar 03, 20141:10 pm MSTAngels@ D-backs 
    Mon, Mar 03, 20147:10 pm MSTRockies@ D-backs 
    Tue, Mar 04, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Padres 
    Wed, Mar 05, 20141:10 pm MSTRoyals@ D-backs 
    Thu, Mar 06, 20141:10 pm MSTAthletics@ D-backs 
    Fri, Mar 07, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Athletics 
    Sat, Mar 08, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ White Sox 
    Sat, Mar 08, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Angels 
    Sun, Mar 09, 20141:10 pm MSTPadres@ D-backs 
    Mon, Mar 10, 20147:10 pm MSTMariners@ D-backs 
    Tue, Mar 11, 20141:10 pm MSTIndians@ D-backs 
    Wed, Mar 12, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Dodgers 
    Wed, Mar 12, 20147:10 pm MSTD-backs@ Rockies 
    Thu, Mar 13, 20141:10 pm MSTMariners@ D-backs 
    Fri, Mar 14, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Brewers 
    Sat, Mar 15, 20141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Indians 
    Sun, Mar 16, 20141:10 pm MSTBrewers@ D-backs 
    Fri, Mar 21, 20147:00 pm AEDT D-backs@ Australia 
    Wed, Mar 26, 20141:10 pm MSTCubs@ D-backs 
    Thu, Mar 27, 201412:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Reds 
    Thu, Mar 27, 20141:10 pm MSTIndians@ D-backs 
    Fri, Mar 28, 20146:40 pm MSTCubs@ D-backs 
    Sat, Mar 29, 20141:10 pm MSTCubs@ D-backs

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Atlanta Braves

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    General manager Frank Wren has been busy these past few weeks as the Atlanta Braves have been proactive in locking up their core to long-term deals.

    In February alone, the team has signed first baseman Freddie Freeman (eight years, $135 million), closer Craig Kimbrel (four years, $42 million), starter Julio Teheran (six years, $32.4 million) and shortstop Andrelton Simmons (seven years, $58 million), while Jason Heyward (two years, $13.3 million) also signed an extension earlier this offseason. Those moves should have Braves fans excited for the future.

    Evan Gattis will be a major player to watch during spring training as he takes over the everyday catcher's role from Brian McCann, who signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the New York Yankees. Gattis showed flashes of brilliance last year, and I expect him to settle in nicely with this pitching staff before putting together a big 2014 campaign. With Gattis' help, Atlanta shouldn't miss a beat and should be one of the National League's top teams once again.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team 
    Wed, Feb 26, 20141:05 pm ESTTigers@ Braves 
    Thu, Feb 27, 20141:05 pm ESTBraves@ Tigers 
    Fri, Feb 28, 20146:05 pm ESTAstros@ Braves 
    Sat, Mar 01, 20141:05 pm ESTBraves@ Nationals 
    Sun, Mar 02, 20141:05 pm ESTTigers@ Braves 
    Sun, Mar 02, 20141:05 pm ESTBraves@ Astros 
    Mon, Mar 03, 20141:05 pm ESTMets@ Braves 
    Tue, Mar 04, 20141:05 pm ESTNationals@ Braves 
    Wed, Mar 05, 20141:05 pm ESTBraves@ Phillies
    Thu, Mar 06, 20146:05 pm ESTNationals@ Braves 
    Fri, Mar 07, 20141:05 pm ESTBraves@ Red Sox 
    Sat, Mar 08, 20141:05 pm ESTBraves@ Nationals 
    Sat, Mar 08, 20141:05 pm ESTMarlins@ Braves 
    Sun, Mar 09, 20141:10 pm EDTBraves@ Mets 
    Mon, Mar 10, 20141:05 pm EDTBraves@ Phillies 
    Tue, Mar 11, 20141:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Braves 
    Wed, Mar 12, 20141:05 pm EDTNationals@ Braves 
    Wed, Mar 12, 20141:05 pm EDTBraves@ Marlins 
    Thu, Mar 13, 20141:05 pm EDTBraves@ Cardinals 
    Fri, Mar 14, 20141:05 pm EDTRays@ Braves 
    Sat, Mar 15, 20141:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Braves 
    Sun, Mar 16, 20141:05 pm EDTBraves@ Yankees 
    Mon, Mar 17, 20141:05 pm EDTBraves@ Astros 
    Wed, Mar 19, 20141:05 pm EDTYankees@ Braves 
    Thu, Mar 20, 20141:10 pm EDTBraves@ Mets 
    Fri, Mar 21, 20141:05 pm EDTTigers@ Braves 
    Fri, Mar 21, 20141:05 pm EDTBraves@ Orioles 
    Sat, Mar 22, 20141:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Braves 
    Sun, Mar 23, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Braves 
    Mon, Mar 24, 20146:05 pm EDTAstros@ Braves 
    Tue, Mar 25, 20141:05 pm EDTBraves@ Tigers 
    Wed, Mar 26, 20141:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Braves 
    Thu, Mar 27, 20141:05 pm EDTBraves@ Tigers 
    Sat, Mar 29, 20141:05 pm EDTBraves@ Braves Futures

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Baltimore Orioles

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    The Baltimore Orioles have made flurry of late moves to change their outlook for 2014, and they might not be finished yet.

    According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Nelson Cruz is slated to join his new teammates in Florida after agreeing to a one-year, $8 million deal to bolster an already potent lineup. While the Orioles have yet to announce the deal, it comes just a few days after they inked righty Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million contract.

    There has been a lot of speculation that the team will also try to sign right-hander Ervin Santana to a deal, but as Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports, it sounds like the Orioles aren't interested in making another big investment in their rotation.

    I expect the Orioles to head into Opening Day with the current team and be right in the thick of the competitive AL East, where each team besides the Toronto Blue Jays looks like a serious playoff contender.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    Date
    TimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Rays
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTBlue Jays@ Orioles
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Red Sox
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTTwins@ Orioles
    Tue, Mar 047:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Yankees
    Wed, Mar 057:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Twins
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTRays@ Orioles
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm ESTPhillies@ Orioles
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Orioles
    Sat, Mar 087:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Red Sox
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTPirates@ Orioles
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Pirates
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Orioles
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Orioles
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Yankees
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Twins
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm EDTYankees@ Orioles
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Blue Jays
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Phillies
    Mon, Mar 177:05 pm EDTTwins@ Orioles
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm EDTRays@ Orioles
    Thu, Mar 207:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Pirates
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm EDTBraves@ Orioles
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Rays
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTPirates@ Orioles
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Orioles
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Twins
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Red Sox
    Wed, Mar 267:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Rays
    Thu, Mar 277:05 pm EDTRays@ Orioles
    Sat, Mar 293:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Tides

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Boston Red Sox

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    Beantown is home to the reigning World Series champs, and the Boston Red Sox will return in 2014 with a couple of notable changes.

    Center fielder and leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with the New York Yankees, and it will be interesting to see if Jackie Bradley Jr. can elevate his game and become an everyday player. Meanwhile, top prospect Xander Bogaerts is expected to take over at shortstop for Stephen Drew, who still hasn't signed a contract as a free agent and continues to be linked to the Red Sox.

    While Drew and his agent Scott Boras play the waiting game during spring training, I expect Bogaerts to prove his worth to the Red Sox brass and take hold of the shortstop position. The 21-year-old showed flashes of talent on offense and defense during his late-season cameo in 2013, and he should develop into a solid big leaguer this year.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Thu, Feb 273:33 am ESTEagles@ Red Sox
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm ESTHuskies@ Red Sox
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTTwins@ Red Sox
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Twins
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Red Sox
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Pirates
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm ESTRays@ Red Sox
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Cardinals
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Marlins
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm ESTBraves@ Red Sox
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Orioles
    Sat, Mar 087:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Red Sox
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Pirates
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm EDTRays@ Red Sox
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Orioles
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Red Sox
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Twins
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Blue Jays
    Sat, Mar 157:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Red Sox
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Rays
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Red Sox
    Tue, Mar 181:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Yankees
    Wed, Mar 197:05 pm EDTPirates@ Red Sox
    Thu, Mar 207:05 pm EDTYankees@ Red Sox
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Phillies
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Braves
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTRays@ Red Sox
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Orioles
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Rays
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Red Sox
    Thu, Mar 277:05 pm EDTTwins@ Red Sox
    Fri, Mar 281:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Twins
    Sat, Mar 291:05 pm EDTTwins@ Red Sox

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Chicago Cubs

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    It was a relatively quiet offseason for the Chicago Cubs, who didn't make any big trades or big signings as they try to develop their own farm system under general manager Theo Epstein.

    Top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have been creating some buzz lately with impressive displays during batting practice at Cubs spring training in Arizona, but they still have some growing to do and should begin the year in the minor leagues.

    The team is also hopeful that it can re-sign right-hander Jeff Samardzija before Opening Day, but he's under club control through 2015. While the Cubs are eager to sign Samardzija now, I don't expect they'll meet his contract demands, and it will be hard to convince him to stay around after a losing 2014 campaign heading into his contract year.

    First-year manager Rick Renteria doesn't have much overall depth at his disposal and shouldn't be expected to lead the Cubs to the playoffs.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Cubs
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTCubs@ Angels
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTGiants@ Cubs
    Sat, Mar 017:10 pm MSTCubs@ D-backs
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Cubs
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTCubs@ Brewers
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Cubs
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTRockies@ Cubs
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTCubs@ Indians
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTIndians@ Cubs
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTCubs@ Angels
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTCubs@ Reds
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Cubs
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTCubs@ Giants
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTRockies@ Cubs
    Wed, Mar 127:05 pm MSTCubs@ Mariners
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTDodgers@ Cubs
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm PDTMets@ Cubs
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTCubs@ Royals
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm PDTMets@ Cubs
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTIndians@ Cubs
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTCubs@ Athletics
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTAngels@ Cubs
    Tue, Mar 187:05 pm MSTCubs@ Rangers
    Wed, Mar 196:40 pm MSTCubs@ Rockies
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm MSTMariners@ Cubs
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm MSTCubs@ White Sox
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTReds@ Cubs
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTCubs@ Athletics
    Mon, Mar 247:05 pm MSTPadres@ Cubs
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTAngels@ Cubs
    Tue, Mar 257:05 pm MSTCubs@ Padres
    Wed, Mar 261:10 pm MSTCubs@ D-backs
    Thu, Mar 2712:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Cubs
    Fri, Mar 286:40 pm MSTCubs@ D-backs
    Sat, Mar 291:10 pm MSTCubs@ D-backs

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Chicago White Sox

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    General manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Ken Williams have been busy this winter on the South Side of Chicago.

    The team added promising young third baseman Matt Davidson and center fielder Adam Eaton via trades, but the most notable move came in free agency. The White Sox signed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million contract, which puts big expectations on his shoulders from Day 1.

    Abreu has made a strong first impression on his teammates, and I suspect the 27-year-old will follow in the footsteps of Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes—Cuban players who successfuly made the transition to MLB.

    Watch for the White Sox to make a lot of noise out of the AL Central this year behind a new lineup and Cy Young contender Chris Sale. 

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Dodgers
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTIndians@ White Sox
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Rangers
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTRoyals@ White Sox
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Indians
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTPadres@ White Sox
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTMariners@ White Sox
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Royals
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Reds
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTD-backs@ White Sox
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Athletics
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Brewers
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTRangers@ White Sox
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Giants
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Angels
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTIndians@ White Sox
    Sat, Mar 157:05 pm MSTDodgers@ White Sox
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Rangers
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Brewers
    Tue, Mar 181:05 pm MSTAthletics@ White Sox
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm MSTAngels@ White Sox
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm MSTCubs@ White Sox
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Padres
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTGiants@ White Sox
    Sun, Mar 231:10 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Rockies
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Mariners
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTRockies@ White Sox
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm MSTReds@ White Sox
    Thu, Mar 2712:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Cubs
    Fri, Mar 286:00 pm CDTWhite Sox@ Barons

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Cincinnati Reds

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    Things won't be the same for the Cincinnati Reds this year without the services of leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo, who signed a seven-year, $130 million contract with the Texas Rangers this offseason.

    While the front office didn't splurge on Choo—and rightly so—they did sign right-hander Homer Bailey to a six-year, $105 million contract, which will keep him around until at least 2019 with an option for 2020. While that's a big investment, Bailey is evolving into a solid front-line starter and should be in his prime for the duration of this deal.

    That kind of commitment reflects well on the team's efforts to make sure 2013 wasn't a fluke. A lot is riding on the shoulders of rookie Billy Hamilton in 2014, though, and while the speedster could approach 100 steals, I don't think he'll create enough offense as a hitter to help the Reds return to the playoffs.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Wed, Feb 261:05 pm MSTReds@ Indians
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm MSTIndians@ Reds
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTReds@ Indians
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTRockies@ Reds
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTReds@ Padres
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTMariners@ Reds
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTReds@ Royals
    Wed, Mar 057:05 pm MSTDodgers@ Reds
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTReds@ Giants
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTReds@ Mariners
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Reds
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTCubs@ Reds
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTReds@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTReds@ Rangers
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTGiants@ Reds
    Wed, Mar 121:10 pm MSTReds@ Rockies
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm MSTReds@ Dodgers
    Fri, Mar 147:05 pm MSTRangers@ Reds
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTReds@ Brewers
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Reds
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTIndians@ Reds
    Wed, Mar 196:05 pm MSTReds@ Royals
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm MSTRangers@ Reds
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Reds
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTReds@ Cubs
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Reds
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm MSTIndians@ Reds
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTReds@ Athletics
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm MSTReds@ White Sox
    Thu, Mar 2712:05 pm MSTReds@ Brewers
    Thu, Mar 2712:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Reds
    Fri, Mar 285:10 pm CDTReds@ Blue Wahoos
    Sat, Mar 294:05 pm EDTReds@ Bats

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Cleveland Indians

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    It will be tough for the Cleveland Indians to repeat their magic from the end of the 2013 season, when they barreled into the playoffs before getting knocked out by the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Game.

    Two key starters from last year's squad, Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, are gone via free agency, and there isn't much proven depth behind ace Justin Masterson. Offensively, the team should expect more big thing from Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana, but this lineup could have used another addition via free agency.

    Still, manager Terry Francona has a great pulse on this club. While I don't think they'll make the playoffs, the Indians should be a scrappy team that finishes near the .500 mark.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Wed, Feb 261:05 pm MSTReds@ Indians
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm MSTIndians@ Reds
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTReds@ Indians
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTIndians@ White Sox
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTMariners@ Indians
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTIndians@ Rangers
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Indians
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTIndians@ Mariners
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTCubs@ Indians
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTIndians@ Cubs
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTIndians@ Padres
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Indians
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTAngels@ Indians
    Tue, Mar 111:10 pm MSTIndians@ D-backs
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTPadres@ Indians
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Indians
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTIndians@ White Sox
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Indians
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTIndians@ Giants
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTIndians@ Cubs
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTIndians@ Reds
    Tue, Mar 187:05 pm MSTGiants@ Indians
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Indians
    Fri, Mar 211:10 pm MSTIndians@ Rockies
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTRockies@ Indians
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTIndians@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm MSTIndians@ Reds
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTRangers@ Indians
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Indians
    Thu, Mar 271:10 pm MSTIndians@ D-backs
    Fri, Mar 286:10 pm PDTIndians@ Padres
    Sat, Mar 291:10 pm PDTIndians@ Padres

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Colorado Rockies

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    With a promising core of players that includes Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Wilin Rosario and Michael Cuddyer, the Colorado Rockies should certainly be competitive in the National League West.

    But the starting rotation is still full of question marks, which should keep the Rockies out of the playoffs in 2014. Now that Jhoulys Chacin is dealing with shoulder inflammation, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the team has checked in on free-agent Ervin Santana.

    Ultimately, I don't think Santana will make the jump to a National League team for the first time in his career and especially not to Colorado, which is notorious for helping out hitters. 

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Fri, Feb 281:10 pm MSTRockies@ D-backs
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTRockies@ Reds
    Sun, Mar 021:10 pm MSTBrewers@ Rockies
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTRockies@ Mariners
    Mon, Mar 037:10 pm MSTRockies@ D-backs
    Tue, Mar 041:10 pm MSTGiants@ Rockies
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTRockies@ Rangers
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTRockies@ Cubs
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTRockies@ Brewers
    Fri, Mar 071:10 pm MSTAngels@ Rockies
    Sat, Mar 081:10 pm MSTAthletics@ Rockies
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTRockies@ Royals
    Mon, Mar 101:10 pm MSTPadres@ Rockies
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTRockies@ Cubs
    Wed, Mar 121:10 pm MSTReds@ Rockies
    Wed, Mar 127:10 pm MSTD-backs@ Rockies
    Thu, Mar 137:05 pm MSTRockies@ Athletics
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTRockies@ Giants
    Fri, Mar 146:40 pm MSTMariners@ Rockies
    Sat, Mar 151:10 pm MSTAngels@ Rockies
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTRockies@ Dodgers
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTRockies@ Padres
    Wed, Mar 196:40 pm MSTCubs@ Rockies
    Thu, Mar 201:10 pm MSTBrewers@ Rockies
    Fri, Mar 211:10 pm MSTIndians@ Rockies
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTRockies@ Indians
    Sat, Mar 221:10 pm MSTMariners@ Rockies
    Sun, Mar 231:10 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Rockies
    Mon, Mar 241:10 pm MSTRoyals@ Rockies
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTRockies@ White Sox
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm MSTRockies@ Giants
    Fri, Mar 287:05 pm MSTRockies@ Mariners
    Sat, Mar 2912:10 pm MSTMariners@ Rockies

    *Schedule via MLB.com

     

Detroit Tigers

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    The 2014 Detroit Tigers will have a completely new look after a big offseason of change.

    Highlighting the player movement was the deal with the Texas Rangers, in which the Tigers shipped away Prince Fielder for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The lineup also lost key contributors Jhonny Peralta and Omar Infante in free agency, and while Miguel Cabrera will still be a monster in the middle of the order, the team looks like it took a step back offensively.

    The rotation also regressed a bit by trading away Doug Fister, and it looks like the team is all-in on trying to sign Max Scherzer, who is entering the final year of his contract. While that's an understandable pursuit, I think this season will mark the beginning of the demise of the Tigers as we've known them the past few years.

    They'll still be a major force with Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez in the rotation, but the team lost more talent than it added this offseason.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Tue, Feb 251:05 pm ESTMocs@ Tigers
    Wed, Feb 261:05 pm ESTTigers@ Braves
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm ESTBraves@ Tigers
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTTigers@ Phillies
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTYankees@ Tigers
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTAstros@ Tigers
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTTigers@ Braves
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTCardinals@ Tigers
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm ESTPirates@ Tigers
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm ESTTigers@ Astros
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTPhillies@ Tigers
    Fri, Mar 077:05 pm ESTTigers@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTMets@ Tigers
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTTigers@ Marlins
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm EDTTigers@ Cardinals
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTBlue Jays@ Tigers
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm EDTTigers@ Yankees
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Tigers
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTNationals@ Tigers
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm EDTAstros@ Tigers
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTTigers@ Nationals
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm EDTNationals@ Tigers
    Tue, Mar 181:05 pm EDTBlue Jays@ Tigers
    Tue, Mar 181:10 pm EDTTigers@ Mets
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm EDTTigers@ Nationals
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm EDTTigers@ Braves
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTTigers@ Blue Jays
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Tigers
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm EDTTigers@ Pirates
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm EDTBraves@ Tigers
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm EDTTigers@ Phillies
    Thu, Mar 271:05 pm EDTBraves@ Tigers
    Fri, Mar 281:05 pm EDTRays@ Tigers
    Sat, Mar 292:05 pm EDTTigers@ Nationals

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Houston Astros

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    Second-year manager Bo Porter enters this season with a better roster than last year, but it's going to be tough for the Houston Astros to get out of the cellar in the star-studded American League West.

    The team should be much more competitive in 2014, though, with additions to the pitching staff in starter Scott Feldman and relievers Jesse Crain, Matt Albers and Chad Qualls.

    Crain missed half of last season due to arm issues, but I suspect he'll come back strong in 2014 and establish himself as a legit closer for the Astros. With an offense that doesn't feature much firepower behind catcher Jason Castro and Jose Altuve, Crain might not have many save opportunities, though.

    Matt Dominguez and Chris Carter enter this spring training with more experience and should continue to develop as big leaguers, but it still won't be enough in this division.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Fri, Feb 286:05 pm ESTAstros@ Braves
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTAstros@ Tigers
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTBraves@ Astros
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTAstros@ Marlins
    Tue, Mar 041:10 pm ESTAstros@ Mets
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm ESTTigers@ Astros
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTMets@ Astros
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm ESTAstros@ Nationals
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTYankees@ Astros
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTAstros@ Phillies
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTBlue Jays@ Astros
    Mon, Mar 106:05 pm EDTAstros@ Nationals
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm EDTNationals@ Astros
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTAstros@ Blue Jays
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Astros
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm EDTAstros@ Tigers
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTNationals@ Astros
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm EDTBraves@ Astros
    Tue, Mar 181:05 pm EDTAstros@ Marlins
    Wed, Mar 196:05 pm EDTAstros@ Nationals
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Astros
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Astros
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Astros
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTAstros@ Cardinals
    Mon, Mar 246:05 pm EDTAstros@ Braves
    Wed, Mar 266:05 pm EDTMets@ Astros
    Fri, Mar 287:05 pm CDTAstros@ Rangers
    Sat, Mar 291:05 pm CDTAstros@ Rangers
    Sat, Mar 297:10 pm CDTRojos@ Astros
    Sun, Mar 301:10 pm CDTRojos@ Astros

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Kansas City Royals

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    There are no more patient fans in baseball than those in Kansas City.

    The Royals won the 1985 World Series in seven games behind George Brett but haven't been back to the playoffs since.

    That could change in 2014. The team added a proven innings eater to the rotation in Jason Vargas and re-signed Bruce Chen to go along with James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie and a host of other young, talented pitchers.

    But the name to keep an eye on is young fireballer Yordano Ventura, who has an inside track on the fifth starter position. I expect Ventura to be one of baseball's best young pitchers in 2014 and a key player in the Royals' quest to get back into the postseason.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm MSTRangers@ Royals
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Rangers
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTPadres@ Royals
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Cubs
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTRoyals@ White Sox
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTReds@ Royals
    Wed, Mar 051:10 pm MSTRoyals@ D-backs
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Royals
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTGiants@ Royals
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Brewers
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTRockies@ Royals
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Mariners
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTDodgers@ Royals
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Athletics
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Indians
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Royals
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTCubs@ Royals
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Padres
    Mon, Mar 176:05 pm MSTRangers@ Royals
    Wed, Mar 196:05 pm MSTReds@ Royals
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm MSTAngels@ Royals
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Angels
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Reds
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTRangers@ Royals
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Giants
    Mon, Mar 241:10 pm MSTRoyals@ Rockies
    Tue, Mar 256:05 pm MSTMariners@ Royals
    Wed, Mar 2612:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Padres
    Fri, Mar 287:10 pm CDTRoyals@ Brewers
    Sat, Mar 291:10 pm CDTRoyals@ Brewers

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Los Angeles Angels

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    The trio of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton struggled last year for Los Angeles, and the team missed out on the playoffs for the fourth straight year despite having a big payroll.

    Pujols has arrived in camp in shape, and after playing hurt all year in 2013, he is primed to bounce back with a big campaign for the Angels. Hamilton is something of a wild card after his season-long struggles, but he has so much talent that it's hard to see him having another down year.

    Meanwhile, Trout is in extension talks with the Angels, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, after establishing himself as one of baseball's best all-around players to start his career.

    The team clearly has some concerns about the back end of the rotation after failing to sign Matt Garza to a contract in free agency, but the additions of Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs should be enough to keep this team in the playoff hunt all year.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTCubs@ Angels
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTAngels@ Mariners
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 031:10 pm MSTAngels@ D-backs
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTRangers@ Angels
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTAngels@ Giants
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTDodgers@ Angels
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTCubs@ Angels
    Fri, Mar 071:10 pm MSTAngels@ Rockies
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Angels
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTReds@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTAngels@ Indians
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTMariners@ Angels
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Angels
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTAngels@ Rangers
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Angels
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTAngels@ Padres
    Sat, Mar 151:10 pm MSTAngels@ Rockies
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTMariners@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTGiants@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTAngels@ Cubs
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm MSTAngels@ White Sox
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm MSTAngels@ Royals
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Angels
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTAngels@ Brewers
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTIndians@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm MSTGiants@ Angels
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTAngels@ Cubs
    Wed, Mar 2612:05 pm MSTAngels@ Athletics
    Thu, Mar 277:10 pm PDTAngels@ Dodgers
    Fri, Mar 287:10 pm PDTAngels@ Dodgers
    Sat, Mar 296:05 pm PDTDodgers@ Angels

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    With arguably the most talented roster in baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers enter 2014 as a leading World Series favorite.

    The outfield quartet of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig has been a hot topic of trade discussion for the Dodgers, who would be wise to keep all of them around. Kemp isn't expected to play in Australia for the season-opening series on March 22, and Puig is already dealing with soreness in spring training, while Crawford and Ethier are both injury risks as well.

    The rotation is also set up for success, with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu leading the way. While $10 million for Dan Haren might have been too much, the $5 million signing of Paul Maholm could prove to be the best value of the offseason.

    There are big concerns at second base and third base, with two unproven Cuban signees and an aging Juan Uribe, but the Dodgers are so stacked that they should have time to figure it out.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTCubs@ Angels
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTAngels@ Mariners
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 031:10 pm MSTAngels@ D-backs
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTRangers@ Angels
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTAngels@ Giants
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTDodgers@ Angels
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTCubs@ Angels
    Fri, Mar 071:10 pm MSTAngels@ Rockies
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Angels
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTReds@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTAngels@ Indians
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTMariners@ Angels
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Angels
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTAngels@ Rangers
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Angels
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTAngels@ Padres
    Sat, Mar 151:10 pm MSTAngels@ Rockies
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTMariners@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTGiants@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTAngels@ Cubs
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm MSTAngels@ White Sox
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm MSTAngels@ Royals
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Angels
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTAngels@ Brewers
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTIndians@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm MSTGiants@ Angels
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTAngels@ Cubs
    Wed, Mar 2612:05 pm MSTAngels@ Athletics
    Thu, Mar 277:10 pm PDTAngels@ Dodgers
    Fri, Mar 287:10 pm PDTAngels@ Dodgers
    Sat, Mar 296:05 pm PDTDodgers@ Angels

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Miami Marlins

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    There are a couple of bright spots on an otherwise dismal Miami Marlins team heading into 2014.

    While the addition of free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (three years, $21 million) was noteworthy, he likely won't be enough to spark this lineup to bigger things this season.

    Still, this team has two of the brightest young players in baseball in slugging outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and right-hander Jose Fernandez. I suspect he will be Clayton Kershaw's biggest competition in the National League Cy Young race this season.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Wed, Feb 261:05 pm ESTHurricanes@ Marlins
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm ESTPanthers@ Marlins
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTMarlins@ Cardinals
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTCardinals@ Marlins
    Sat, Mar 011:10 pm ESTMarlins@ Mets
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTMarlins@ Nationals
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTAstros@ Marlins
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm ESTTwins@ Marlins
    Wed, Mar 051:10 pm ESTMarlins@ Mets
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Marlins
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm ESTMarlins@ Cardinals
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTMarlins@ Braves
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTTigers@ Marlins
    Mon, Mar 101:10 pm EDTMarlins@ Mets
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Red Sox
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm EDTBraves@ Marlins
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Tigers
    Fri, Mar 147:05 pm EDTMets@ Marlins
    Sat, Mar 153:33 am ESTMarlins@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm EDTNationals@ Marlins
    Sun, Mar 163:33 am ESTMarlins@ Yankees
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Twins
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm EDTMets@ Marlins
    Tue, Mar 181:05 pm EDTAstros@ Marlins
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Marlins
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Astros
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTMets@ Marlins
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Nationals
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Tigers
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm EDTNationals@ Marlins
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Marlins
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Braves
    Thu, Mar 271:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Cardinals
    Fri, Mar 287:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 291:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Yankees

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Milwaukee Brewers

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    After a long offseason of relative inactivity, the Milwaukee Brewers made a big addition to the rotation by signing Matt Garza to a four-year, $50 million contract.

    Garza returns to the National League Central, where he fared well with the Chicago Cubs to start 2013 before being traded to the Texas Rangers. He should bring a huge boost to a rotation that also features Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo.

    This division looks pretty wide open this year behind the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Brewers certainly have some potential to be sneaky good with the core of Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura in 2014.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Athletics
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Giants
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTDodgers@ Brewers
    Sat, Mar 011:10 pm MSTBrewers@ D-backs
    Sun, Mar 021:10 pm MSTBrewers@ Rockies
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTCubs@ Brewers
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Athletics
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Brewers
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTRockies@ Brewers
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTPadres@ Brewers
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Brewers
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Cubs
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Indians
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Brewers
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Angels
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Padres
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Brewers
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTReds@ Brewers
    Sun, Mar 161:10 pm MSTBrewers@ D-backs
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Brewers
    Tue, Mar 181:05 pm MSTRangers@ Brewers
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Mariners
    Thu, Mar 201:10 pm MSTBrewers@ Rockies
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Rangers
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTAngels@ Brewers
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Reds
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTGiants@ Brewers
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Indians
    Thu, Mar 2712:05 pm MSTReds@ Brewers
    Fri, Mar 287:10 pm CDTRoyals@ Brewers
    Sat, Mar 291:10 pm CDTRoyals@ Brewers

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Minnesota Twins

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    For all of the money spent by the Minnesota Twins on their pitching staff this offseason, it might not do much to shore up the 4.55 team ERA from 2013, which ranked 29th in MLB.

    Ricky Nolasco signed a four-year, $49 million deal and assumes the role of ace on a pitching staff that didn't have a single 10-game winner last year. Meanwhile, the other two pitching additions of Phil Hughes (three years, $24 million) and Mike Pelfrey (two years, $11 million) each had 5.19 ERAs in 2013 and don't look like they'll be much help.

    Joe Mauer might have an uptick in offensive stats as he makes the move to first base full time, and top prospect Byron Buxton is set to have a breakout year, but the pitching problems severely limit the Twins' potential in 2014.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTTwins@ Red Sox
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Twins
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTTwins@ Rays
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTBlue Jays@ Twins
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTTwins@ Orioles
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm ESTTwins@ Marlins
    Wed, Mar 057:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Twins
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTCardinals@ Twins
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm ESTTwins@ Pirates
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTTwins@ Blue Jays
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Twins
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTTwins@ Rays
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm EDTPirates@ Twins
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Twins
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Twins
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTTwins@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 151:10 pm EDTTwins@ Mets
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Twins
    Mon, Mar 177:05 pm EDTTwins@ Orioles
    Tue, Mar 187:05 pm EDTRays@ Twins
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm EDTTwins@ Cardinals
    Thu, Mar 207:05 pm EDTTwins@ Rays
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm EDTMets@ Twins
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTYankees@ Twins
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTTwins@ Phillies
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm EDTRays@ Twins
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Twins
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm EDTPirates@ Twins
    Thu, Mar 277:05 pm EDTTwins@ Red Sox
    Fri, Mar 281:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Twins
    Sat, Mar 291:05 pm EDTTwins@ Red Sox

    *Schedule via MLB.com

New York Mets

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    Franchise player David Wright received some reinforcements in the lineup this offseason with the signings of outfielders Curtis Granderson (four years, $60 million) and Chris Young (one year, $7.25 million), and the Mets remain linked to free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, per Bill Madden of the New York Daily News.

    Adding Bartolo Colon (two years, $20 million) should ease the pain of losing Matt Harvey and bring a good veteran presence to a rotation that features developing starters Dillon Gee and Jonathon Niese.

    The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves will be tough to catch in the National League East, but New York's offseason moves should keep them competitive.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Fri, Feb 28, 20141:10 pm ESTNationals@ Mets
    Sat, Mar 01, 20141:10 pm ESTMarlins@ Mets
    Sun, Mar 02, 20141:05 pm ESTMets@ Cardinals
    Mon, Mar 03, 20141:05 pm ESTMets@ Braves
    Tue, Mar 04, 20141:10 pm ESTAstros@ Mets
    Wed, Mar 05, 20141:05 pm ESTMets@ Nationals
    Wed, Mar 05, 20141:10 pm ESTMarlins@ Mets
    Thu, Mar 06, 20141:05 pm ESTMets@ Astros
    Fri, Mar 07, 20141:10 pm ESTCardinals@ Mets
    Sat, Mar 08, 20141:05 pm ESTMets@ Tigers
    Sun, Mar 09, 20141:10 pm EDTBraves@ Mets
    Mon, Mar 10, 20141:10 pm EDTMarlins@ Mets
    Tue, Mar 11, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Cardinals
    Wed, Mar 12, 20141:10 pm EDTCardinals@ Mets
    Thu, Mar 13, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Nationals
    Fri, Mar 14, 20147:05 pm EDTMets@ Marlins
    Sat, Mar 15, 20141:10 pm EDTTwins@ Mets
    Sat, Mar 15, 20141:05 pm PDTMets@ Cubs
    Sun, Mar 16, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Cardinals
    Sun, Mar 16, 20141:05 pm PDTMets@ Cubs
    Mon, Mar 17, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Marlins
    Tue, Mar 18, 20141:10 pm EDTTigers@ Mets
    Thu, Mar 20, 20141:10 pm EDTBraves@ Mets
    Fri, Mar 21, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Twins
    Sat, Mar 22, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Marlins
    Sun, Mar 23, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Braves
    Sun, Mar 23, 20141:10 pm EDTNationals@ Mets
    Mon, Mar 24, 20141:10 pm EDTCardinals@ Mets
    Tue, Mar 25, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Nationals
    Wed, Mar 26, 20146:05 pm EDTMets@ Astros
    Thu, Mar 27, 201412:10 pm EDTNationals@ Mets
    Fri, Mar 28, 20147:05 pm EDTMets@ Blue Jays
    Sat, Mar 29, 20141:05 pm EDTMets@ Blue Jays

    *Schedule via MLB.com

New York Yankees

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    The Steinbrenner family opened up their checkbooks again, and big bucks were spent in the Bronx this offseason. 

    This will mark the final season of Derek Jeter's Hall of Fame career, and the Yanks have surrounded him with a revamped roster that should battle atop the stacked American League East.

    The team's latest move was inking Brett Gardner to a four-year, $52 million extension, but the winter will be remembered for the signings of Japanese righty Masahiro Tanaka (seven years, $155 million), outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury (seven years, $130 million) and Carlos Beltran (three years, $45 million), and catcher Brian McCann (five years, $85 million).

    While Robinson Cano will be missed, a healthy Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez's season-long ban should bode well for the Yankees.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Tue, Feb 251:05 pm ESTSeminoles@ Yankees
    Wed, Feb 261:05 pm ESTYankees@ Pirates
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm ESTPirates@ Yankees
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTYankees@ Tigers
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTPhillies@ Yankees
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTYankees@ Blue Jays
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTNationals@ Yankees
    Tue, Mar 047:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Yankees
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm ESTYankees@ Rays
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTYankees@ Phillies
    Fri, Mar 077:05 pm ESTTigers@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTYankees@ Astros
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTRays@ Yankees
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTYankees@ Nationals
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm EDTTigers@ Yankees
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTYankees@ Phillies
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Yankees
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTTwins@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 153:33 am ESTMarlins@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm EDTYankees@ Orioles
    Sun, Mar 163:33 am ESTMarlins@ Yankees
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTBraves@ Yankees
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm EDTYankees@ Pirates
    Tue, Mar 181:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Yankees
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm EDTYankees@ Braves
    Thu, Mar 207:05 pm EDTYankees@ Red Sox
    Fri, Mar 217:05 pm EDTPirates@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTYankees@ Twins
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTBlue Jays@ Yankees
    Tue, Mar 257:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Yankees
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm EDTYankees@ Blue Jays
    Thu, Mar 271:05 pm EDTYankees@ Pirates
    Fri, Mar 287:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 291:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Yankees

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Oakland Athletics

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    The Oakland A's let Grant Balfour go via free agency but traded for proven Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson, who recorded 101 saves in the past two seasons combined. That same day, Oakland signed Scott Kazmir to a two-year, $22 million contract to fill the void left by Bartolo Colon.

    Kazmir joins a rotation that also features talented right-handers Sonny Gray and Jarrod Parker, while the bullpen additions of Luke Gregerson and eventually Eric O'Flaherty give Oakland one of the American League's best pitching staffs again.

    The outfield trio of Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes and a healthy Josh Reddick highlights a lineup that also features other solid contributors, such as Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Jed Lowrie. The A's should be in the running to win their third straight AL West title with this well-rounded group.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Wed, Feb 261:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Giants
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Athletics
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTGiants@ Athletics
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTRangers@ Athletics
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Angels
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTDodgers@ Athletics
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Cubs
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Athletics
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Brewers
    Thu, Mar 061:10 pm MSTAthletics@ D-backs
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Athletics
    Sat, Mar 081:10 pm MSTAthletics@ Rockies
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Athletics
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Dodgers
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Padres
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Athletics
    Thu, Mar 137:05 pm MSTRockies@ Athletics
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Royals
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTRangers@ Athletics
    Sat, Mar 153:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Giants
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Reds
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTCubs@ Athletics
    Tue, Mar 181:05 pm MSTAthletics@ White Sox
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Indians
    Fri, Mar 216:35 pm MSTAthletics@ Giants
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTMariners@ Athletics
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTCubs@ Athletics
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Mariners
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Rangers
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTReds@ Athletics
    Wed, Mar 2612:05 pm MSTAngels@ Athletics
    Thu, Mar 277:15 pm PDTAthletics@ Giants
    Fri, Mar 287:15 pm PDTAthletics@ Giants
    Sat, Mar 291:05 pm PDTGiants@ Athletics

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Philadelphia Phillies

21 of 30

    Things don't look like they'll be turning around anytime soon in Philadelphia.

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. provided the head-scratcher of the offseason when he signed aging catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year, $26 million contract. He joins a host of other mid-30-year-olds on this roster who are making big bucks—including Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley—and who will be hard to move on the trading block.

    As a whole, this group is on the decline, and the team looks handcuffed for years to come. Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and the newly signed A.J. Burnett bring a solid one-two-three punch to the rotation, but the window on this team looks like it has closed.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Wed, Feb 261:05 pm ESTBlue Jays@ Phillies
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm ESTPhillies@ Blue Jays
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTTigers@ Phillies
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTPhillies@ Yankees
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTPirates@ Phillies
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTPhillies@ Rays
    Tue, Mar 046:35 pm ESTBlue Jays@ Phillies
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm ESTBraves@ Phillies
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTPhillies@ Tigers
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTYankees@ Phillies
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm ESTPhillies@ Orioles
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTAstros@ Phillies
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Twins
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm EDTBraves@ Phillies
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Braves
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Orioles
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTYankees@ Phillies
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Pirates
    Sat, Mar 157:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Red Sox
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTPirates@ Phillies
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Phillies
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Blue Jays
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Astros
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm EDTBlue Jays@ Phillies
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Phillies
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Pirates
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTTwins@ Phillies
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Blue Jays
    Tue, Mar 257:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Yankees
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm EDTTigers@ Phillies
    Thu, Mar 271:05 pm EDTBlue Jays@ Phillies
    Fri, Mar 287:05 pm EDTPirates@ Phillies
    Sat, Mar 291:05 pm EDTPirates@ Phillies

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates finally broke through with a playoff appearance in 2013 behind MVP Andrew McCutchen.

    While the Bucs were surprise contenders to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, the magic of last season will be hard to duplicate. Still, McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez highlight the emerging group of hitters on this team, while top prospect Jameson Taillon should be able to ease the pain of A.J. Burnett's departure once he reaches the big leagues.

    But that might not be until midseason, per Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Burnett's absence will make it tough on the Pirates in the early going. Still, the Pirates have a good thing going and should be in the hunt for a wild-card spot.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Wed, Feb 26, 20141:05 pm ESTYankees@ Pirates
    Thu, Feb 27, 20141:05 pm ESTPirates@ Yankees
    Fri, Feb 28, 20141:05 pm ESTPirates@ Blue Jays
    Sat, Mar 01, 20141:05 pm ESTRays@ Pirates
    Sun, Mar 02, 20141:05 pm ESTPirates@ Phillies
    Mon, Mar 03, 20141:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Pirates
    Tue, Mar 04, 20141:05 pm ESTPirates@ Tigers
    Wed, Mar 05, 20141:05 pm ESTPirates@ Blue Jays
    Thu, Mar 06, 20141:05 pm ESTBlue Jays@ Pirates
    Fri, Mar 07, 20141:05 pm ESTTwins@ Pirates
    Sat, Mar 08, 20141:05 pm ESTPirates@ Rays
    Sun, Mar 09, 20141:05 pm EDTPirates@ Orioles
    Sun, Mar 09, 20141:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Pirates
    Mon, Mar 10, 20141:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Pirates
    Wed, Mar 12, 20141:05 pm EDTPirates@ Twins
    Thu, Mar 13, 20141:05 pm EDTPirates@ Rays
    Fri, Mar 14, 20141:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Pirates
    Sat, Mar 15, 20141:05 pm EDTRays@ Pirates
    Sun, Mar 16, 20141:05 pm EDTPirates@ Phillies
    Mon, Mar 17, 20141:05 pm EDTYankees@ Pirates
    Wed, Mar 19, 20147:05 pm EDTPirates@ Red Sox
    Thu, Mar 20, 20147:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Pirates
    Fri, Mar 21, 20147:05 pm EDTPirates@ Yankees
    Sat, Mar 22, 20141:05 pm EDTPhillies@ Pirates
    Sun, Mar 23, 20141:05 pm EDTPirates@ Orioles
    Mon, Mar 24, 20141:05 pm EDTTigers@ Pirates
    Tue, Mar 25, 20141:05 pm EDTBlue Jays@ Pirates
    Wed, Mar 26, 20141:05 pm EDTPirates@ Twins
    Thu, Mar 27, 20141:05 pm EDTYankees@ Pirates
    Fri, Mar 28, 20147:05 pm EDTPirates@ Phillies
    Sat, Mar 29, 20141:05 pm EDTPirates@ Phillies

    *Schedule via MLB.com

St. Louis Cardinals

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    There weren't many holes on this St. Louis Cardinals roster, but John Mozeliak was aggressive in addressing the need at shortstop by signing Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $53 million deal.

    Peralta joins a well-rounded lineup that figures to receive a big boost from top prospect Oscar Taveras. I suspect Taveras will have a great spring training and earn the starting center field job out of camp, making fans forget about Carlos Beltran.

    This pitching staff remains one of baseball's best from top to bottom, and it stayed intact despite some trade rumors earlier this winter. Look for the Cardinals to make a deep run into the postseason again in 2014.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team 
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTMarlins@ Cardinals 
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTCardinals@ Marlins 
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTMets@ Cardinals 
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTCardinals@ Tigers 
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm ESTRed Sox@ Cardinals 
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTCardinals@ Twins 
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm ESTMarlins@ Cardinals 
    Fri, Mar 071:10 pm ESTCardinals@ Mets 
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTNationals@ Cardinals 
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Nationals 
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm EDTTigers@ Cardinals 
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTMets@ Cardinals 
    Wed, Mar 121:10 pm EDTCardinals@ Mets 
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTBraves@ Cardinals 
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Astros 
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Braves 
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTMets@ Cardinals 
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Red Sox 
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm EDTTwins@ Cardinals 
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Marlins 
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm EDTNationals@ Cardinals 
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Astros 
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTAstros@ Cardinals 
    Mon, Mar 241:10 pm EDTCardinals@ Mets 
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm EDTCardinals@ Marlins 
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm EDTNationals@ Cardinals 
    Thu, Mar 271:05 pm EDTMarlins@ Cardinals 
    Fri, Mar 287:05 pm CDTCardinals@ Redbirds 

    *Schedule via MLB.com

San Diego Padres

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    The National League West figures to be a competitive division.

    There isn't much star power in San Diego, but infielder Jedd Gyorko and pitchers Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross looked like they turned the corner in 2013 and enter this spring training with more established roles.

    It will be interesting to monitor the situation in the bullpen after the team's signing of Joaquin Benoit (two years, $15 million) to a closer-like deal. For now, Huston Street is penciled in as the closer, and I suspect he'll hold down the role for the Padres, who are dark-horse contenders to win a wild-card spot.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm MSTPadres@ Mariners
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTMariners@ Padres
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTPadres@ Royals
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTReds@ Padres
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTPadres@ Dodgers
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTPadres@ Giants
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Padres
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTPadres@ White Sox
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTRangers@ Padres
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTPadres@ Brewers
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTIndians@ Padres
    Sun, Mar 091:10 pm MSTPadres@ D-backs
    Mon, Mar 101:10 pm MSTPadres@ Rockies
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Padres
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTPadres@ Indians
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Padres
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTAngels@ Padres
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTPadres@ Dodgers
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Padres
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTRockies@ Padres
    Tue, Mar 187:05 pm MSTPadres@ Mariners
    Thu, Mar 207:05 pm MSTGiants@ Padres
    Fri, Mar 217:05 pm MSTPadres@ Mariners
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Padres
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTPadres@ Rangers
    Mon, Mar 247:05 pm MSTPadres@ Cubs
    Tue, Mar 257:05 pm MSTCubs@ Padres
    Wed, Mar 2612:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Padres
    Fri, Mar 286:10 pm PDTIndians@ Padres
    Sat, Mar 291:10 pm PDTIndians@ Padres

    *Schedule via MLB.com

San Francisco Giants

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    Things went south in San Francisco last season as the team tried to defend its 2012 World Series title, the franchise's second in three years.

    Injuries to players such as Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro limited the lineup, while Pablo Sandoval also lowlighted a lineup that didn't live up to its potential in 2013. But Sandoval is looking in shape and motivated entering his contact year, and there is plenty of talent in players such as Buster Posey and Hunter Pence.

    Pitching has been a strong point of this team in recent years and should be again if Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Hudson bounce back strong in 2014. Tim Lincecum remains a big question mark, but the leading duo of Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner gives the Giants a great chance to return to the playoffs in 2014.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Wed, Feb 261:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Giants
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTGiants@ Athletics
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Giants
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTGiants@ Cubs
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTD-backs@ Giants
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTPadres@ Giants
    Tue, Mar 041:10 pm MSTGiants@ Rockies
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTAngels@ Giants
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTReds@ Giants
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTGiants@ Royals
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTMariners@ Giants
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTGiants@ Giants Futures
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTGiants@ Dodgers
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTCubs@ Giants
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTGiants@ Reds
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Giants
    Thu, Mar 136:05 pm MSTGiants@ Rangers
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm MSTRockies@ Giants
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTGiants@ Mariners
    Sat, Mar 153:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Giants
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTIndians@ Giants
    Mon, Mar 171:05 pm MSTGiants@ Angels
    Tue, Mar 187:05 pm MSTGiants@ Indians
    Thu, Mar 207:05 pm MSTGiants@ Padres
    Fri, Mar 216:35 pm MSTAthletics@ Giants
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTGiants@ White Sox
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Giants
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm MSTGiants@ Angels
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTGiants@ Brewers
    Wed, Mar 261:05 pm MSTRockies@ Giants
    Thu, Mar 277:15 pm PDTAthletics@ Giants
    Fri, Mar 287:15 pm PDTAthletics@ Giants
    Sat, Mar 291:05 pm PDTGiants@ Athletics

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Seattle Mariners

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    Robinson Cano cashed in with the biggest free-agent contract of the offseason when he signed with the Seattle Mariners for 10 years and $240 million.

    Still, this team lost its top two sluggers from a year ago in Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales, and the offseason additions of two injury-prone players in Corey Hart and Logan Morrison don't look like enough for this lineup to do any major damage.

    Morales could still return to the team as a free agent, but the future doesn't look all that bright for Seattle in this stacked American League West, especially now that starter Hisahi Iwakuma (finger) is expected to start the season on the disabled list, per Greg Johns of MLB.com.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm MSTPadres@ Mariners
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTMariners@ Padres
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTAngels@ Mariners
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTMariners@ Indians
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTMariners@ Reds
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTRockies@ Mariners
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTMariners@ Dodgers
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTIndians@ Mariners
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTMariners@ White Sox
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTReds@ Mariners
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTMariners@ Giants
    Sat, Mar 087:05 pm MSTMariners@ Dodgers
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTRangers@ Mariners
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Mariners
    Mon, Mar 107:10 pm MSTMariners@ D-backs
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTMariners@ Angels
    Wed, Mar 127:05 pm MSTCubs@ Mariners
    Thu, Mar 131:10 pm MSTMariners@ D-backs
    Fri, Mar 146:40 pm MSTMariners@ Rockies
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTGiants@ Mariners
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTMariners@ Angels
    Tue, Mar 187:05 pm MSTPadres@ Mariners
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Mariners
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm MSTMariners@ Cubs
    Fri, Mar 217:05 pm MSTPadres@ Mariners
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTMariners@ Athletics
    Sat, Mar 221:10 pm MSTMariners@ Rockies
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Mariners
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Mariners
    Tue, Mar 256:05 pm MSTMariners@ Royals
    Wed, Mar 2612:05 pm MSTMariners@ Rangers
    Fri, Mar 287:05 pm MSTRockies@ Mariners
    Sat, Mar 2912:10 pm MSTMariners@ Rockies

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Tampa Bay Rays

27 of 30

    The offseason began with rampant David Price trade rumors, but the Tampa Bay Rays took a different course this winter.

    The team actually opened up the checkbook to re-sign James Loney (three years, $21 million) and David DeJesus (two years, $10.5 million) while bringing back closer Grant Balfour (two years, $12 million), who played with Tampa Bay earlier in his career.

    The Rays are here to stay and can be counted on to be major players in the heavy-hitting American League East.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm ESTOrioles@ Rays
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm ESTRays@ Pirates
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm ESTTwins@ Rays
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm ESTPhillies@ Rays
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm ESTRays@ Red Sox
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm ESTYankees@ Rays
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm ESTRays@ Orioles
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm ESTRays@ Blue Jays
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm ESTPirates@ Rays
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm EDTRays@ Yankees
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm EDTRays@ Red Sox
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm EDTTwins@ Rays
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm EDTRays@ Blue Jays
    Thu, Mar 131:05 pm EDTPirates@ Rays
    Fri, Mar 141:05 pm EDTRays@ Braves
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm EDTRays@ Pirates
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm EDTBlue Jays@ Rays
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Rays
    Tue, Mar 187:05 pm EDTRays@ Twins
    Wed, Mar 191:05 pm EDTRays@ Orioles
    Thu, Mar 207:05 pm EDTTwins@ Rays
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm EDTBlue Jays@ Rays
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Rays
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm EDTRays@ Red Sox
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm EDTRays@ Twins
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm EDTRed Sox@ Rays
    Wed, Mar 267:05 pm EDTOrioles@ Rays
    Thu, Mar 277:05 pm EDTRays@ Orioles
    Fri, Mar 281:05 pm EDTRays@ Tigers
    Sat, Mar 292:05 pm CDTRays@ Biscuits

    *Schedule via MLB.com

Texas Rangers

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    Slugging first baseman Prince Fielder should put up monster numbers in Arlington after being acquired from the Detroit Tigers for Ian Kinsler. Fielder will be hitting in the middle of a lineup that also features new leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo, who signed a seven-year, $130 million contract this offseason.

    Choo, Elvis Andrus, Fielder, Adrian Beltre, Alex Rios and top prospect Jurickson Profar give Texas a potent lineup, but can the pitching hold up?

    Yu Darvish enters the season as a legit Cy Young candidate, but Derek Holland is out until midseason with a knee injury, and Matt Harrison recently suffered a setback with his neck, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. That leaves second-year lefty Martin Perez as the other top pitcher on this staff, which is looking awfully thin at the moment.

     

    2014 Spring Training Schedule

    DateTimeRoad TeamHome Team
    Thu, Feb 271:05 pm MSTRangers@ Royals
    Fri, Feb 281:05 pm MSTRoyals@ Rangers
    Sat, Mar 011:05 pm MSTRangers@ Athletics
    Sun, Mar 021:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Rangers
    Mon, Mar 031:05 pm MSTIndians@ Rangers
    Tue, Mar 041:05 pm MSTRangers@ Angels
    Wed, Mar 051:05 pm MSTRockies@ Rangers
    Thu, Mar 061:05 pm MSTRangers@ Padres
    Fri, Mar 071:05 pm MSTRangers@ Dodgers
    Sat, Mar 081:05 pm MSTDodgers@ Rangers
    Sun, Mar 091:05 pm MSTRangers@ Mariners
    Mon, Mar 101:05 pm MSTReds@ Rangers
    Tue, Mar 111:05 pm MSTRangers@ White Sox
    Wed, Mar 121:05 pm MSTAngels@ Rangers
    Thu, Mar 136:05 pm MSTGiants@ Rangers
    Fri, Mar 147:05 pm MSTRangers@ Reds
    Sat, Mar 151:05 pm MSTRangers@ Athletics
    Sun, Mar 161:05 pm MSTWhite Sox@ Rangers
    Mon, Mar 176:05 pm MSTRangers@ Royals
    Tue, Mar 181:05 pm MSTRangers@ Brewers
    Tue, Mar 187:05 pm MSTCubs@ Rangers
    Thu, Mar 201:05 pm MSTRangers@ Reds
    Fri, Mar 211:05 pm MSTBrewers@ Rangers
    Sat, Mar 221:05 pm MSTRangers@ Royals
    Sun, Mar 231:05 pm MSTPadres@ Rangers
    Mon, Mar 241:05 pm MSTAthletics@ Rangers
    Tue, Mar 251:05 pm MSTRangers@ Indians
    Wed, Mar 2612:05 pm MSTMariners@ Rangers
    Thu, Mar 277:05 pm CDTTigres@ Rangers<