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EXT. DIVISION

Boston Red Sox

Manager: Alex Cora (second season).

2018: 108-54, first place, World Series champions.

Training City: Fort Myers, Florida.

Park: JetBlue Park in Fenway South.

First training: 13/18 February.

It's here: by Gorkys Hernandez, RHP Jenrry Mejia.

It's out of here: RHP Craig Kimbrel, RHP Joe Kelly, 2B Ian Kinsler.

Going to camp: the Red Sox are mostly standing while trying to win two consecutive series for the first time in more than a century. The team that won a franchise record of 108 games in the regular season of last year is largely untouched, with All-Star Kimbrel closer to the biggest loss. The second base Dustin Pedroia hopes to return from a knee injury that has limited him to three games last season. Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart and Sandy Leon will compete for two places at the catcher. AL MVP Mookie Betts is back, as well as J.D. Martinez, who finished fourth in the vote. Chris Sale and David Price arrive at the camp for the first time in their career as postseason heroes.

New York Yankees

Director: Aaron Boone (second season).

2018: 100-62, second place, wildcard, lost to Boston in the Division Series.

Training City: Tampa, Florida.

Park: Steinbrenner Field.

First training: 14 February 19.

It is here: LHP James Paxton, RHP Adam Ottavino, INF DJ LeMahieu, SS Troy Tulowitzki, RHP Danny Farquhar.

It is out of here: RHP David Robertson, Andrew McCutchen, RHP Sonny Gray, RHP Lance Lynn, INF Neil Walker, INF Ronald Torreyes, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, LHP Justus Sheffield.

Going to camp: health is the main concern of the Yankees, who probably will not have the SS Didi Gregorius until the summer following the intervention of Tommy John on October 17. Spring training will determine Tulowitzki's readiness, excluded from heel injuries since July 2017. New York enters the field with a series of players coming out of health problems: CC Sabathia (stent inserted on December 11 during the surgery to eliminate a blockage in an artery from his heart, chronic arthritis in his right knee), C Gary Sanchez (left shoulder surgery November 8), Aaron Judge RF (right wrist broken on July 26th which kept him on the sidelines until September 14th), DH / OF Giancarlo Stanton (narrowing of the biceps femoris that hindered him in the second half of last season), closer Aroldis Chapman (the left knee tendonitis annoyed him almost for the whole season and marginalized him between August 21st and September 20th) and many others.

Rays of Tampa Bay

Coach: Kevin Cash (fifth season).

2018: 90-72, third place.

Training Town: Port Charlotte, Florida.

Park: Charlotte Sports Park.

First training: 13/18 February.

It is here: RHP Charlie Morton, C Mike Zunino, OF Avisail Garcia, INF Yandy Diaz, OF Guillermo Heredia, RHP Emilio Pagan.

It's out of here: the coaches Rocco Baldelli and Charlie Montoyo – they left to become respectively manager of the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays – of Mallex Smith, 1B-OF Jake Bauers, RHP Sergio Romo, 1B CJ Cron, RHP Chih-Wei Hu , Di Carlos Gomez, C Adam Moore, LHP Vidal Nuno.

Going campin & # 39;: expectations are high for the Rays after winning 90 games last season, despite a massive overhaul of the rounds. Powered by young players, Tampa Bay went 41-25 after the All-Star break, including 19-9 in September. Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell led the majors with 21 wins and released an ERA AL-best at 1.89. He heads a projected spin supported by Morton's signature and the acquisition of RHP Tyler Glasnow in an agreement that sent RHP Chris Archer to the Pirates last summer. The batting order will look different with the addition of Garcia and Zunino, and Cash will face some potentially difficult decisions regarding the bullpen trick.

Toronto Blue Jays

Director: Charlie Montoyo (first season).

2018: 73-89, fourth place.

Training City: Dunedin, Florida.

Park: Dunedin Stadium.

First training: February 14/18.

It's here: INF Freddy Galvis, RHP David Phelps, LHP Clayton Richard, RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Julian Merryweather.

It is out of here: manager John Gibbons, C Russell Martin, SS Troy Tulowitzki, INF Aledmys Diaz, RHP Oliver Drake, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Mark Leiter Jr., INF Yangervis Solarte.

Going campin & # 39; The Blue Jays are in the early stages of a reconstruction centered around the main prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. A slugger like his father Hall of Fame, Guerrero will probably not be promoted before mid-April – a move that will delay his agency free by season. The debut at Guerrero will be Montoyo, a long-lasting Triple-A skipper who has spent the last four seasons in the Tampa Bay staff, most recently as a bench coach. Montoyo is also a former teammate of Expos by Vladimir Guerrero. Replaces Gibbons, lets go after consecutive losing seasons. While the explosive Guerrero is seen as a sure thing, hardly anyone else is sure of the Blue Jays. The team is likely to spend 2019 trying to establish roles for a group of young position players as they try to acquire and develop the pieces they need for a stronger and deeper pitching staff.

Baltimore Orioles

Responsible: Brandon Hyde (first season).

2018: 47-115, fifth place, worst record in the majors.

Training City: Sarasota, Florida.

Park: Ed Smith Stadium.

First training: 13/18 February.

It is here: RHP Nate Karns, INF Richie Martin, INF Rio Ruiz, C Jesus Sucre, INF Hanser Alberto.

It's out of here: manager Buck Showalter, Adam Jones, INF Tim Beckham, C Caleb Joseph, DH Pedro Alvarez.

Going to camp: During their worst season since they had come to Baltimore in 1954, the Orioles exchanged Manny Machado, Zack Britton and Kevin Gausman. Then the team fired VP Dan Duquette and Showalter and started this offseason again with GM Mike Elias and Hyde, who will oversee a complete rebuild. Elias comes from Houston, and Hyde was with the Cubs, so they both know that this type of transition requires a careful draft, a minor league system and a lot of patience. Veteran fugitives Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo, who performed poorly in 2018, will be surrounded by young players who need to learn at work. Elias did not sign a free Major League agent for the whole winter until Karns was brought in the week before the camp.

CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland Indians

Responsible: Terry Francona (seventh season).

2018: 91-71, first place, lost to Houston in the Division Series.

Training City: Goodyear, Arizona.

Park: Goodyear Ballpark.

First training: February 14/18.

It is here: 1B-DH Carlos Santana, 1B Jake Bauers, C Kevin Plawecki, OF Jordan Luplow, RHP Chih-Wei Hu, RHP Nick Wittgren, LHP Oliver Perez, INF Ryan Flaherty, C Dioner Navarro.

It's out of here: by Michael Brantley, DH Edwin Encarnacion, LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Cody Allen, C Yan Gomes, 1B Yonder Alonso, 3B Yandy Diaz, 2B Erik Gonzalez.

Going to camp: the Indians followed a third AL Central title with another postseason disappointment, being swept in the Houston Division Series. The goal out of season was to reduce the payroll and the Indians went to their roster with a wrecking ball. They canceled about 20 million dollars from books with several significant exchanges, eliminating Slarnger Encarnacion, the All-Star Gomes catcher and Alonso. In addition, the All-Star shortstrooper Francisco Lindor will skip spring training with a strained right calf, a worrisome soft tissue injury that could keep the team's best player off the field in the first month of the season. Even Cleveland has achieved great success in free agency, choosing not to sign more closely Allen or lefty relieved Miller, two fixed points of the past, in addition to Brantley. The club has not pulled the trigger for the bids for the ace Corey Kluber or the right All-Star Trevor Bauer, but those conversations could continue this season.

Minnesota Twins

Director: Rocco Baldelli (first season).

2018: 78-84, second place.

Training City: Fort Myers, Florida.

Park: Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink sports complex.

First training: February 14/18.

It is here: DH-OF Nelson Cruz, 2B Jonathan Schoop, RHP Blake Parker, 1B C.J. Cron, LHP Martin Perez, INF Ronald Torreyes, LHP Tim Collins.

It's out of here: manager Paul Molitor, 1B Joe Mauer, OF-DH Robbie Grossman, 1B-DH Logan Morrison, 2B Logan Forsythe, RHP Ervin Santana, RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Alan Busenitz.

Going to camp: Baldelli, who at 37 is the youngest manager of the majors, spent the last eight seasons both in the technical staff and in the front office with Tampa Bay. He brought a new source of energy and ideas on which the Twins are aiming to help bring out the best in some of the young, less performing players, with midfielder Byron Buxton and third baseman Miguel Sano at the top of the list after an approximate 2018 season for both. Other players who will be followed closely during the spring training are RHP Michael Pineda (elbow) and C Jason Castro (knee), with each of them due to a serious injury. Pineda did not launch in 2018 and the Castro season ended after 19 games.

Detroit Tigers

Responsible: Ron Gardenhire (second season).

2018: 64-98, third place.

Training city: Lakeland, Florida.

Park: Publix Field at the Joker Marchant Stadium.

First training: 13/18 February.

It's here: LHP Matt Moore, RHP Tyson Ross, SS Jordy Mercer, 2B Gordon Beckham, 2B Brandon Dixon, 3B-RHP Kaleb Cowart.

It is out of here: DH Victor Martinez, SS Jose Iglesias, LHP Francisco Liriano, C James McCann, RHP Alex Wilson, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, RHP Artie Lewicki.

Going to camp: the Tigers have lost 98 games in each of the last two seasons, and the big question is how quickly some of the team's best prospects could be ready to contribute in the most important leagues. Casey Mize, the best draft player of the last year, was invited to the Major League field, and while his debut in Detroit could still be far away, he will be a player to watch over during spring training. . The Tigers are hoping for a rebound performance by coach Miguel Cabrera, who played only 38 games last year before having a biceps surgery.

Chicago White Sox

Responsible: Rick Renteria (third season).

2018: 62-100, fourth place.

Training City: Glendale, Arizona.

Park: Camelback Ranch.

First training: 13/18 February.

He is here: RHP Ivan Nova, 1B-DH Yonder Alonso, RHP Kelvin Herrera, RHP Alex Colome, BY Jon Jay, C James McCann.

It's out of here: OF Avisail Garcia, DH-INF Matt Davidson, RHP James Shields.

Going to camp: the White Sox would love to start their reconstruction by signing Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. Even if they do not land one of the precious free agents, they believe they are ready to start climbing. They have six consecutive seasons at a loss and are getting the highest total since the 1970 team lost 106 franchise games. They have also beaten more times than any other team in the history of the great league. But they have promising players on the roster and in the agricultural system. The gabled hymn Yoan Moncada and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech – who will skip the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery – have shown potential in the majors. Eloy Jimenez, one of the best baseball strategists, could debut at the start of this season.

Kansas City Royals

Manager: Ned Yost (tenth season).

2018: 58-104, fifth place.

Training City: Surprise, Arizona.

Park: Surprise Stadium.

First training: 13/18 February.

It's here: by Billy Hamilton, by RHP Brad Boxberger, by INF-OF Chris Owings, by RHP Chris Ellis.

It's out of here: INF Cheslor Cuthbert, RHP Brandon Maurer, RHP Nate Karns, RHP Jason Hammel.

Going Campin & # 39; the Royals knew they would go through increasing pains as they knocked down the veterans and started to seriously rebuild last season, and this was reflected in over 100 losses just three years after a World Series championship. The SS Adalberto Mondesi has been an opening star in the last two months of the season, and 3B Hunter Dozier and 1B Ryan O & # 39; Hearn have shown their promise. The Royals need more from the start of LHP Danny Duffy and RHP Ian Kennedy, especially after RHP Brad Keller and Jakob Junis flashed late in the season. The bullpen is the biggest question mark with only RHPs Perily Peralta and Kevin McCarthy safe bets to make the roster of 25 men.

WEST DIVISION

Houston Astros

Coach: AJ Hinch (fifth season).

2018: 103-59, first place winner, lost to Boston in ALCS.

Training City: West Palm Beach, Florida.

Park: Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

First training: February 14/18.

It is here: by Michael Brantley, C Robinson Chirinos, LHP Wade Miley, INF Aledmys Diaz.

It is out of here: INF-OF Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Dallas Keuchel, RHP Charlie Morton, DH Evan Gattis, LHP Tony Sipp, C Brian McCann, C Martin Maldonado.

Going campin & # 39 ;: The Astros won a franchise record of 103 games last season and reached ALCS. But the growing injuries and inconsistency of the game led to their elimination by Boston in five games and prevented them from repeating as champions after winning their first World Series title in 2017. Houston returns the aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, both of whom are coming out of great seasons, but that Keuchel, winner of the AL CY Young 2015 award, goes to the free agency and will be without Lance McCullers Jr. all season after the intervention of Tommy John. The Astros have signed Miley to take a place in the rotation, and Collin McHugh should get back to starting after spending the last year in the bullpen.

Oakland Athletics

Responsible: Bob Melvin (ninth season).

2018: 97-65, second place, lost to New York Yankees in the game of wild cards.

Training city: Mesa, Arizona.

Park: Hohokam stadium.

First training: 11/16 February.

It is here: INF Jurickson Profar, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Jerry Blevins, RHP Tanner Anderson, RHP Parker Bridwell, Chris Herrmann.

It is out of here: INF Jed Lowrie, C Jonathan Lucroy, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Shawn Kelley, LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Edwin Jackson, RHP Emilio Pagan, of Matt Joyce, RHP Cory Gearrin, RHP Kendall Graveman.

Going to camp: the A were a surprise play-off team last year after three finals in the last place. Melvin got the most out of a low-cost roster led by slugger Khris Davis, the emerging third-base Matt Chapman and a deep bullpen anchored by Blake Treinen. The A have made some small moves in this offseason, acquiring Profar from Texas and letting Lowrie leave a free agent for a switch to the second base. They still have to find an answer to the receiver after Lucroy has left the agency free, and the potential client Sean Murphy could give an insight even if he has not yet demonstrated to the Triple-A. Estrada adds depth to a spin that was put together last season partly using the relievers as "open" to start some games. The A went with a game of bullpen in the loss of the playoffs of the wild cards to the Yankees. If better prospects Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk can impress enough during spring training, the rotation could be more formidable this season.

Seattle Mariners

Manager: Scott Servais (fourth season).

2018: 89-73, third place.

Training City: Peoria, Arizona.

Park: Peoria Stadium.

First training: 12/16 February.

It is here: C Omar Narvaez, 1B-OF Jay Bruce, 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion, SS JP Crawford, SS Tim Beckham, Of Mallex Smith, Domingo Santana, LHP Yusei Kikuchi, RHP Hunter Strickland, RHP Cory Gearrin, RHP Anthony Swarzak, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson.

It's out of here: C Mike Zunino, 2B Robinson Cano, SS Jean Segura, DH Nelson Cruz, LHP James Paxton, RHP Edwin Diaz, OF Denard Span, OF Guillermo Heredia, RHP Alex Colome, OF Ben Gamel, INF-OF Andrew Romine , RHP Juan Nicasio.

Going to camp: Seattle may have to distribute stickers "Hello, my name is" for the first days of spring training. The Mariners have decided to be just above the average in the American League does not work, and are entering this spring in full rebuilding mode. This is not a phrase that the Mariners use, but it is clear that they do not expect to be contenders for at least a few seasons. The hope of Seattle is that some of the veterans of his training – Bruce, Encarnacion, maybe Kyle Seager – perform quite well in the first half of the season, a competitor might be willing to make a deal and allow the Mariners to acquire more prospects.

Angels of Los Angeles

Manager: Brad Ausmus (first season).

2018: 80-82, fourth place.

Training City: Tempe, Arizona.

Park: Tempe Diablo Stadium.

First training: 13/18 February.

He is here: RHP Cody Allen, C Jonathan Lucroy, RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Trevor Cahill, 1B Justin Bour, BY Peter Bourjos, INF Tommy La Stella, RHP Luis Garcia.

E & # 39; Outta Here: Manager Mike Scioscia, RHP Garrett Richards, RHP Matt Shoemaker, 1B Jefry Mars, RHP Jim Johnson, LHP Jose Alvarez, RHP Blake Parker, 3B Kaleb Cowart.

Going Campin & # 39;: A new era begins in Orange County after the Scioscia club has scored 19 seasons in office. Ausmus and a fully renovated coaching staff will bring a new perspective to a roster that largely features the same players who completed the third consecutive season of the Angels last fall. GM Billy Eppler did not pursue expensive free agency awards, but renewed his injured spin with Harvey and Cahill who joined the holdovers including Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs. The formation of the Angels is still built around Mike Trout, but his supporting cast has not changed much, apart from the arrival of Lucroy. Albert Pujols has 633 career homers, but he is 39 years old and another intervention came out with three years on his contract.

Texas Rangers

Responsible: Chris Woodward (first season).

2018: 67-95, fifth place.

Training City: Surprise, Arizona.

Park: Surprise Stadium.

First training: 13/18 February.

He is here: 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Zach McAllister, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Shelby Miller, LHP Drew Smyly, C Jeff Mathis, RHP Jason Hammel, OF Hunter Pence, INF Matt Davidson, 3B Patrick Wisdom, RHP Jeanmar Gomez.

It is out of here: manager Jeff Banister, 3B Adrian Beltre, INF Jurickson Profar, C Robinson Chirinos, OF Ryan Rua, RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Martin Perez, Alex Claudio RHP, CF Drew Robinson.

Going campin & # 39; After losing consecutive losing seasons for the first time ever since 2005-08, the Rangers have a new manager with a group of talented 20-position position players and a full rotation of surgically repaired pitchers. The all-star interlocutor Two-time Cabrera is the likely substitute for the third base for Beltre, who retired after playing the last eight of his 21 major championships and obtained the last 1.277 of his 3,166 career successes with Texas.

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