Can the Red Sox repeat? Will L.A. stumble? Who is MLB's best player? Pinch hit on this fill-in-the-blanks 2019 baseball forecast -- but we'll have the last word.
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World Series, season win totals and player props -- there are more ways than ever to bet baseball. Here are our nine best futures bets for this season.
Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper and ... Matt Adams? With big bucks now at stake, we asked our writers which eight sluggers they would want swinging for the fences.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is a positive outlier in far too many ways to count.
From top prospects and rising young stars to bounce-back candidates, which players who missed the MLB Rank cut could soon find a place on the list?
Buster welcomes David Schoenfield to discuss the latest agreement between MLB & the players, Ronald Acuna Jr.'s hot spring and more (4:51). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (28:43) and Eduardo Perez on his biggest takeaways from the spring thus far (34:00).
Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
Shohei Ohtani played catch from about 50 feet and with an estimated 30-percent intensity with no reported issues. He is playing catch Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and scaling back on his hitting those days. Today he skipped hitting entirely. Ohtani is still only doing soft toss in the batting cage.
Angels lefty Andrew Heaney has been shut down because of elbow inflammation, and manager Brad Ausmus said he isn't sure if Heaney will be ready for Opening Day.
Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
Andrew Heaney, a legitimate candidate to be the Angels' Opening Day starter, has been shut down with what Brad Ausmus described as elbow inflammation. An MRI showed no structural damage and Ausmus said it isn't a long-term injury, but Heaney might have to start the season on the injured list.
Buster discusses ESPN's rankings of the top 100 players in baseball and much more with Jayson Stark (5:15) and Boog Sciambi (29:28). Plus, Yankees manager Aaron Boone (24:36) and Paul Hembekides dives into the numbers for "Hembo Knows" (49:23).
A major shake-up brings a new crew of All-Stars to the forefront, with some of the game's biggest names on the outside looking in.
You picked who? Where? We break down some of the questions to come out of the rankings -- and ask you to weigh in as well.
Leading off our countdown of the game's best, youngsters duel with historic greats. Which players landed on the back half of our list?
Before hearing from new Angels P Matt Harvey (26:32), Buster & Keith Law discuss front office strategy when it comes to valuable players and much more (3:09). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (34:29) and Tim Keown on his recent ESPN the Magazine cover story on Bryce Harper (39:48).
Just over two weeks before Opening Day, two prominent free agents remain available. We find realistic landing spots and outside-the-box fits for both pitchers.
Shohei Ohtani got a modest raise from the Angels after winning the AL Rookie of the Year award, agreeing to a one-year contract that boosts his pay to $650,000 from last year's minimum of $545,000.
Jo Adell, a slugging outfield hopeful for the Angels, sprained his left ankle and strained his right hamstring on a play running the bases and could be sidelined for up to three months.
Speculation about which superstars might join forces has been great for basketball. It can be great for baseball, too.
On All-Access day with the Red Sox, Buster chats with Chris Sale (43:16), goes around the Majors with Tim Kurkjian (4:41) and Keith Law (17:38) and welcomes Sarah Langs for another "Numbers Game" (38:40).
Matt Harvey has spent six years in the major leagues and will turn 30 years old on March 27, but the Angels pitcher said he felt as if he was making his first big league start.
Bryce Harper said Wednesday he meant it when he said he'd be recruiting Mike Trout for the Phillies in 2020. He also said MLB hadn't spoken to him yet about his comments.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
VIDEO: Bryce Harper addressed whether the League had reached out to him on the Mike Trout "tampering" issue: "They talked to me a little bit; not MLB or anything like that... when that time comes and guys are free agents, we'll see what happens." Reporter: "But you meant it, right?" –Harper: "If I didn't mean it I wouldn't have said it."
Before hearing from Xander Bogaerts (25:58) & Max Muncy (37:44), Buster & David Schoenfield discuss Luis Severino's status, Bryce Harper recruiting Mike Trout & more (6:17). Plus, Paul Hembekides with "Hembo Knows" (42:21).
New Phillies slugger Bryce Harper on Tuesday again lobbied for superstar Mike Trout to join the franchise in 2021. Angels general manager Billy Eppler told the Los Angeles Times he has been in touch with Major League Baseball regarding the comments.
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