Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MLB: 30 Spring training questions

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While the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers reported early, and other teams have plenty of players at their respective camps, the official first day for pitchers and catchers to report is Thursday Feb. 13. Below are questions facing each team as camp begins.

American League East

Baltimore Orioles – Will lack of moves hurt in ultra-competitive division?
Boston Red Sox – What is this year’s gimmick?
New York Yankees – Will Derek Jeter go out on top?
Tampa Bay Rays – Is there any chance they can keep David Price?
Toronto Blue Jays – Can Jose Bautista put in a full season?

American League Central

Chicago White Sox – Is Jose Abreu the real deal?
Cleveland Indians – Will the Tribe build on last season’s success?
Detroit Tigers – How will Brad Ausmus follow-up Jim Leyland?
Kansas City Royals – Will they take a step back or push forward?
Minnesota Twins – Will the “Joe Mauer at 1B” experiment work?

American League West

Houston Astros – Can they eek out 63+ wins?
Los Angeles Angels – Can Albert Pujols & Josh Hamilton prove the critics wrong?
Oakland Athletics – Can they hold off the Rangers?
Seattle Mariners – Can Robinson Cano carry a club?
Texas Rangers – Is Ron Washington’s time coming to an end?

National League East

Atlanta Braves – Will Freddie Freeman live up to massive contract?
Miami Marlins – Can they reinvent themselves yet again?
New York Mets – Who steps up to help David Wright?
Philadelphia Phillies – Will Jimmy Rollins be there in August?
Washington Nationals – Is there 100 wins in this team’s future?

National League Central

Chicago Cubs – Full breakout on tap for Anthony Rizzo?
Cincinnati Reds – Pencil in another .900+ OPS for Joey Votto?
Milwaukee Brewers – Can Ryan Braun and additions get Crew back to top?
Pittsburgh Pirates – Does Andrew McCutchen have a repeat effort in store?
St. Louis Cardinals – Is there a better core of young players?

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks – Were offseason moves enough to close gap with Dodgers?
Colorado Rockies – Can they get full seasons out of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez?
Los Angeles Dodgers – Will Yasiel Puig suffer a sophomore slump?
San Diego Padres – Will Chase Headley bounce back?
San Francisco Giants – Can the rotation step it up?

What other questions does your team have heading into spring training? Do you have answers to the questions above? Let me know in the comments below.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo. Besides his work here, Chris is a New York Yankees contributor for Yahoo Sports. Connect with Chris on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.