Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|Kendall Graveman has looked like a very emphatic answer this spring in why the A's were willing to trade Josh Donaldson. Graveman has pitched his way into the A's rotation, where at the moment, he is penciled into the No. 4 spot.
More» Kendall Graveman, RHP, Athletics|
|Which Milwaukee team in 2014 was the real deal; the long-term contender or the club that faded down the stretch? The organization analyzed the season and came to the conclusion that the real Brewers were the 150-days-in-first bunch.
More»Roenicke pleased with Brewers' approach this spring|
|Cubs' offseason prize Jon Lester, who missed a Cactus League start last week with the commonplace "dead-arm" syndrome, is all right. In fact, he us much better than that, writes columnist Mike Bauman.
More»Lester on arm tiredness being part of normal process|
|The Reds' lineup could be one of baseball's best with the return of Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, but the bullpen and rotation aren't quite as settled.
More» Byrd legs out a triple to start the inning|
|After all of the roster turnover, the Oakland Athletics have emerged, once again, as usual, with a lot of Major League-quality pitching.
More»Reddick likes how the new-look A's are gelling|
|In the Texas Rangers' clubhouse at Surprise Stadium, shortstop Elvis Andrus is contemplating the anticipated improvement in his performance. Andrus has been a regular for six seasons, but he is still only 26. He is an established Major Leaguer and yet, there is still room for his career to grow.
More» Andrus makes a diving stop, throws to first|
|The Royals didn't particularly look like a fluke when they won the AL pennant in 2014. Far from being a one-hit wonder, they see in themselves the possibility of taking the one ultimate step they didn't take last October.
More»Stewart and Flanagan relive Royals' 2014 playoff run|
|Kris Bryant is making the kind of mark that Spring Training usually isn't quite big enough to accommodate.
More»Kris Bryant dazzling with Spring Training power|
|This is no time to become alarmed because the San Francisco Giants have an unsightly Cactus League team ERA. Based on the starts the Giants received in the last two games, the crisis, if there was one, may have already passed.
More» Vogelsong pitches 4 2/3 scoreless innings|
|It is official: Ron Roenicke is not being blamed for the late-season collapse of the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers. That's good, because it wasn't his fault, writes columnist Mike Bauman.
More»Brewers exercise Roenicke's 2016 option|
|This is the progression of March 2015 on the topic of who might be the starting center fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers: 1. The rookie, Joc Pederson, could start. 2. The rookie should start. 3. How can anybody possibly keep the rookie from starting?
More» Pederson could be exceptional producer|
|The Chicago White Sox made some serious improvements over the winter. Here's a nomination for the single most dramatic improvement: closer David Robertson, writes columnist Mike Bauman.
More»Robertson details how his White Sox deal materialized|
|The Angels led the Majors in runs scored last season, but what lifted them to the best regular-season record in both leagues was a successful starting rotation and a solidified bullpen. They're not going to evaporate offensively in 2015, either. So what happens with the pitching? The potential exists for exceptional performance, but some of that potential is untested at the Major League level. Questions still have to be answered. Still, the Angels have a pitching outlook that most clubs could only envy.
More» Weaver escapes bases-loaded jam in the 1st|
|The Seattle Mariners, having gone through the necessary tough times, have emerged into what looks very much like the beginning of a solid, successful era.
More»Jack Zduriencik on the 2015 Seattle Mariners|
|With the Padres' infusion of talent this winter, optimism reigns on the fields of the Peoria Sports Complex. "Yeah, there should be," said Wil Myers, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner, who will be San Diego's regular center fielder.
More» Myers makes a nice running grab in right|
|The Nationals are out to move past last season's NLDS woes against the Giants with a successful campaign capped by a strong postseason this year.
More» Rendon makes an impressive play on grounder|
|As we speak, there are 29 baseball teams in Spring Training that are all talking about "taking the next step." The only team that does not have to talk like this is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants could very easily discuss "taking the same step," the one that has led them to three World Series championships over five seasons.
More»Neal Huntington talks about the Pirates' offseason|
|John Hart hit the reset button on the Atlanta Braves, but is still expecting to contend while restarting -- not rebuilding -- the franchise.
More»Gonzalez, Hart talk Upton's opportunity in 2015|
|The key word here is "excited" or "exciting" or "excitement." But this is not child-at-Christmas-jumping-for-joy-right-now excitement. This is more like the healthy anticipation of down-the-road achievement, on the part of highly competitive adults.
More»Harper discusses 2015 expectations, adding Scherzer|
|Two years ago, the Miami Marlins lost 100 games. Now, without a hint of exaggeration, they can be projected as a postseason team. What happened? This was a winning combination that started with a talented young core of players developing as hoped. That made possible a series of extremely astute acquisitions this winter.