When you watch Michael Brantley play left field, your eyes tell you he's an above average defender out there. He moves well and is rangy, two qualities that certainly help in the outfield. But when you look at his advanced defensive metrics, the numbers tell another story.

Brantley's defensive value in left last season was estimated to be worth roughly -3 runs per 1,000 innings, and for his career, it's -2. That puts him slightly below average, to the shock and disbelief of many. Count Cleveland manager Terry Francona among the doubters.

Wily Mo Pena staying overseas? 

February, 26, 2015
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After months of talk of a return to the major leagues, will former MLB outfielder Wily Mo Pena be suiting up in the states this season?

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Candidates to replace Saunders in Toronto 

February, 26, 2015
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Toronto's offseason trade with Seattle for outfielder Michael Saunders was supposed to fill the role left by Melky Cabrera (signed with the Chicago White Sox), but now that Saunders is out for the first half of the season due to a meniscus tear, the Blue Jays have a big void in the outfield. Who are the frontrunners to replace Saunders? Here's the latest on that.

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How long will Ortiz stay in Boston? 

February, 25, 2015
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Even though David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox will turn 40 during this upcoming season, the team has no interest in looking ahead to a time when he will not be in their lineup. General manager Ben Cherington says that "David knows he's going to be a Red Sox [player] as long as he wants to be a Red Sox [player]."

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K-Rod to Miami? 

February, 25, 2015
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You can expect Francisco Rodriguez to land himself a contract in the very near future as interested teams are going to want to try and solidify their rosters prior to the actual playing of Grapefruit and Cactus League games.

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Hughes to open for Twins? 

February, 24, 2015
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Last season, Phil Hughes didn't take the mound until the third game of the Minnesota Twins season, and even then, there wasn't a ton of confidence behind a pitcher who had gone 4-14 for the New York Yankees the year before.

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Cabrera in limbo with Rays? 

February, 24, 2015
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Part of the reason that the Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year, $7.5 million deal for 2015 is that the versatile infielder gives the team the option to use him at either second base or shortstop.

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One of the big questions this spring for the Chicago Cubs is whether or not prospect Kris Bryant will end up making the big league team or instead start the season at Triple-A. Another question is what position he might end up playing if he does make the roster.

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Phillies trade talk continues? 

February, 24, 2015
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No sooner had the Boston Red Sox signed Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada than the rumors of a potential Cole Hamels deal picked up yet again.

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Change in plan for Encarnacion? 

February, 24, 2015
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Although it appeared that Edwin Encarnacion was ticketed for a season as the full-time DH for the Toronto Blue Jays, that may no longer be the case and Encarnacion could find himself needing to unpack his first baseman's mitt and get out there on the field to play some defense.

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Position battle: Mets shortstop 

February, 23, 2015
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The speculation was rampant over the last few months of 2014 as to whether or not the New York Mets might make a trade with the Colorado Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki, or perhaps with the Seattle Mariners or Arizona Diamondbacks for one of their shortstops. However, as the team begins its 2015 preparation in Florida, the team seems to be ready to start the season with a competition between two players they've already got on hand.

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Teheran to throw on Opening Day? 

February, 23, 2015
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It's not clear if Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is superstitious of if he simply wants to keep his options open, but either way, he's not quite ready to name his Opening Day starter -- even if it's quite clear that Julio Teheran will end up getting the nod.

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Iwakuma hoping to stay in Seattle? 

February, 23, 2015
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At the end of this season, Hisashi Iwakuma and the Seattle Mariners will both have a decision to make as to whether or not the pitcher remains with the club. Iwakuma is hoping to better his 2014 record of 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA and make the decision to stay as easy as possible for both sides.

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Cecil the answer for Jays? 

February, 23, 2015
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Over the past three seasons, Casey Janssen saved 81 games for the Toronto Blue Jays. However, the closer is no longer with the club, having signed with the Washington Nationals on a one-year deal. So who is next in line for the job?

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Span's last stand with Nats? 

February, 23, 2015
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Denard Span was the leadoff hitter for the Washington Nationals in 144 of their games last season, and he should once again handle those duties in 2015. However, there may not be as much certainty at the top of the lineup in 2016 and beyond.

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