Countdown to Spring Training: A 30-team guide

January 1st, 2020

The arrival of a new calendar year brings increased anticipation for Spring Training, and with camp now about six weeks away for Major League clubs, each has several questions that need to be answered before Opening Day. Here's a look at those questions, as well as a link to other important information for all 30 teams, including the key dates to know for fans looking ahead to Cactus League and Grapefruit League play in 2020.


Who will bat cleanup for Atlanta on Opening Day? Possibilities abound -- will be back, or will it be a player brought in via trade, perhaps or ? Then there are the questions of who will fill out the starting rotation and whether will be fully healthy and ready to go for Spring Training. More >

With several of Miami's highly touted prospects set to arrive in the Majors in 2020, the team's biggest questions revolve around how much better an anemic offense will become, and how much closer the club is to contending. More >

Some intriguing offseason storylines will carry over into Spring Training, including whether will play and what he will contribute, and whether the club will try to secure contract extensions for stars like , and . More >

The infield remains unsettled, as does the bullpen. In both cases, answers may depend on where free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson lands. And then there's the overriding question -- will there be a World Series hangover for the defending champs? More >

Philadelphia has made some big moves this offseason, but are there still more to come? Who will be the second baseman on Opening Day? Will there be additions to the bullpen? More >


Will general manager David Stearns keep making moves to bolster the starting rotation? What about third base? And will be on Milwaukee's Opening Day roster? More >

Who's going to be the left fielder? Assuming is gone, that's a big vacancy for St. Louis to fill, as is the closer's role with out until at least midsummer recovering from Tommy John surgery. More >

With David Ross taking the helm as manager, what will Spring Training look like? Will Year 2 of be better? When will we see Nico Hoerner, the club's No. 1 prospect, per MLB Pipeline? More >

There are a lot of questions for Pittsburgh as the club heads toward Spring Training, with most of them revolving around new general manager Ben Cherington and new manager Derek Shelton. How will Pittsburgh add talent? And how will it be deployed? More >

Cincinnati added as a free agent via the richest deal in franchise history, but the club still could use upgrades for its offense, not to mention some more experienced arms in the bullpen. More >


When will face the Giants for the first time? Will be in center field or at second base, and how is he recovering from that stress reaction in his back? Especially given its Trade Deadline activity in recent years, how will Arizona approach deals this season? More >

Mookie Betts? Francisco Lindor? Other? With the Dodgers reportedly focused on making a big move, what will it be? With gone, who fills out the starting rotation? And what else does Los Angeles have in store to bolster its bullpen after acquiring ? More >

It's going to be a season of big change in San Francisco -- there's a new manager in Gabe Kapler and, for the first time in a decade, the Giants will open a season without franchise legend Madison Bumgarner. How will Kapler fare, and how will the starting rotation take shape? More >

San Diego has a couple of highly touted pitchers on the cusp of the big leagues. When will we see No. 1 prospect MacKenzie Gore and Luis Patino (No. 3)? On the offensive side, will the Padres get more out of big-money bats , and ? And is 2020 the year this up-and-coming club becomes a postseason contender? More >

It's been a quiet offseason for Colorado, but there are important salary arbitration cases upcoming for and , among others. And the Rockies are conducting a prospect-oriented pitching development program in Scottsdale, Ariz., from January 13-25. More >


Blue Jays
Intrigue abounds in Toronto, where Hyun-Jin Ryu arrives to be the ace of the rotation, and young stars like , and will enter their second Major League seasons. What can we expect the young and exciting Jays to deliver in 2020? More >

Which young players will take advantage of extended looks in 2020 and emerge as candidates to be part of the long-term future in Baltimore? More >

Following their first postseason appearance since 2013, can the Rays push deeper into October in 2020? As we head toward Spring Training, key questions for Tampa Bay include whether or not the club will have a five-man starting rotation. More >

Red Sox
As Boston tries to rebound following a disappointing 2019, big questions include 's health, the bullpen and who plays first base. More >

The Yanks have big goals for 2020: With now at the top of their rotation and joining a roster that reached the American League Championship Series last season, it's World Series or bust. More >


With -- and potentially Francisco Lindor -- traded away, the Tribe will move on in its quest to regain supremacy in the AL Central. Cleveland has some holes to fill, particularly at second base and in the outfield. And will there be additions to the bullpen? More >

There will be many new faces at Spring Training for Kansas City by way of non-roster invites. But don't be surprised if you see some more arriving in the latter part of the offseason, as the club's pitching staff needs to be bolstered. More >

Questions abound for Detroit: Is 2020 the year the team turns the corner in its rebuild? What moves remain in free agency? What should we expect to see in Spring Training? More >

Three main questions remain this offseason for the Twins: Who will be the club's fifth starter? Is a starter or a reliever? And who will be the club's fourth outfielder? More >

White Sox
It's been a busy offseason on the South Side. With so many significant moves, who will be the most intriguing player to watch in 2020? Are the White Sox good enough to contend for the postseason? More >


They made the big splash and landed star in free agency. But do the Angels have enough pitching to contend? More >

The big question for Houston will be who fills the third spot in the rotation, which has a gaping hole after the departure of Gerrit Cole to the Yankees. More >

The A's need a starting second baseman and the bullpen needs fixing. How does Oakland approach these issues over the rest of the offseason? More >

It's been a relatively quiet offseason for Seattle after general manager Jerry Dipoto had a busy one the year before. But after inking No. 4 prospect Evan White to a contract extension, what's next for Seattle before Opening Day? More >

Texas has a pretty daunting top of the rotation, with Corey Kluber joining and . How will they fare? Will they be able to lift Texas into contention? More >