Is Yu Darvish an upgrade over Jake Arrieta? We won’t know the answer to this question by the end of Spring training, but it is a question worth asking.
Can starting pitchers Anthony DeSclafani, Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan rebound from their 2017 injuries and conclude training camp healthy? And, is Luis Castillo ready to carry the mantle of “Staff Ace”?
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Is Luke Gregerson a closer? A setup guy for most of his professional career can Luke elevate his game to close games out?
Are the Brewers serious pennant contenders? There is a buzz around major league baseball that the Brewers may be this year’s Houston Astros and shock the baseball world. By the end of Spring training we’ll have a good idea if they are contenders or pretenders.
Are the Pirates rebuilding or trying to contend? They trade Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in what appears to be a roster rebuild but then trade for All-Star Corey Dickerson. We’re confused as to Pittsburgh’s plan for 2018.
Most experts expect the Cubs to repeat as NL and World Series champions. 2016 went nearly perfect for the Cubs; we see a bumpier 2017 season leaving the Cubs shy of their goal.