SPECULATOR: Spring training "news" or "noise"

Spring training is all about optimism. Every team is 0-0. Every player is in "the best shape of their life." All of the minor injuries that plagued the prior year have had all winter to heal. Any pitcher could on the verge of perfecting the new pitch that vaults them into the elite class. Managers talk about being more aggressive, or breaking the shackles of traditional roster construction.

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