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Reasons To Believe

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

There are extensive studies, lengthy analyses and way-too-complicated-to-understand computer projections attempting to define and categorize how good of a pitcher Rays ace Scott Kazmir could become. Tampa Bay teammate B.J. Upton can do it in two words: "Cy Young."

Majors | #2008#Season Preview

Blue Jays Finish On Top Of Roster Study

Matt Eddy -

On the strength of players signed in the 1990s, the Blue Jays comfortably led the field with nearly 90 seasons produced since 1995. Among its leaders, Toronto retained the services of ace righthander Roy Halladay and center fielder Vernon Wells, but traded shortstops Michael Young (for Esteban Loaiza) and Cesar Izturis (for Luke Prokopec) along the way and lost outfielder Jay Gibbons to the Rule 5 Draft.

Majors | #2007#Season Preview

2007 Top 20 Rookies

John Manuel -Premium Content

The last two seasons have produced two of the best rookie classes in a generation—meaning it won't be easy for the Class of 2007 to produce an encore. It's hard to imagine its players having as much of an impact as the last two classes have had on pennant races or in the minds of fans, and it makes the always volatile business of projecting rookie performance even harder this year.

Majors | #2007#Season Preview

Derailed On His Way To Stardom

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

By now, B.J. Upton was supposed to be a star. Maybe he wasn't going to be the next Derek Jeter, as he so boasted innocently on the June 4, 2002, afternoon the Devil Rays made him the No. 2 pick in the nation. But he certainly didn't expect to be spending the spring of his fifth pro season shuffling around the back fields working at a handful of different positions, still seeking the chance to spend his first full season in the majors, and in a role similar to that of Angels' super utilityman Chone Figgins.

Majors | #2007#Season Preview

New Year, New Hopes For Indians

Andy Call -Premium Content

Perhaps the most viable wish for Cleveland fans is that this year's team proves to be just as unpredictable as last year's. The 2006 season certainly didn't go according to form for the Indians. The young team that had won 93 games a year earlier dropped to 78. The bullpen that had been the best in baseball a year earlier dropped to 24th in relief ERA (4.66). The team outscored its opponents by nearly 100 runs (870-782)—and scored the second-most runs in the big leagues—yet still finished six games under .500 and in fourth place in the American League Central.

Majors | #2007#Season Preview