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Darin Erstad McAdam: Five clubs that could fail
The Angels and Cardinals top the list of teams that could very well be disappointments in 2006.

Ben Sheets Crasnick: Teams that could surprise in '06
Our choices for 2006 surprise clubs both play in the heartland and both begin with "M." Check back in October to see how smart we were.

Carlos Delgado Crasnick: Six degrees of impact trades
Jerry Crasnick looks at six trades likely to have the most impact on the 2006 season, including one involving Carlos Delgado.

Jason Giambi Klapisch: Giambi back in comfort zone
Jason Giambi began last season under a cloud of scandal, but it'll be a completely different situation this year.

Nomar Garciaparra McAdam: Return to prime time for Nomar?
Once considered to be among the game's elite players, Nomar Garciaparra will enter 2006 seeking to regain his former status.

Ichiro Rogers: An exaggerated decline
He batted a pedestrian .303 last season. Does this signal the beginning of the end for Ichiro Suzuki, one of baseball's greatest hitters? No way, says Phil Rogers.

Dontrelle Willis Schwarz: Ugliness awaits in South Florida
Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera remain, but other than that the Marlins will trot out a no-name lineup in '06, writes Alan Schwarz.

Paul Konerko Rogers: Best/worst free-agent signings
Phil Rogers takes a look at some of this offseason's best free-agent signings, and some that have a chance to be among the worst.

Mike Piazza Schwarz: Age-old questions
Do Mike Piazza, Frank Thomas and Sammy Sosa have anything left? Projected 2006 stat lines for the potential Hall of Famers could be telling.

A.J. Burnett McAdam: Soaring expectations
By shelling out big bucks this offseason, the Blue Jays and Mets brought pressure on themselves to be contenders in '06.

Leo Mazzone Kurkjian: Orioles await Mazzone Era
After 16 seasons as the Braves' pitching coach, Leo Mazzone finds himself in a new environment in Baltimore, writes Tim Kurkjian.

Grady Little Crasnick: Dodgers see big things in Little
The Dodgers are confident that Grady Little is the perfect fit to lead their team now and in the future, writes Jerry Crasnick.

Joe Torre Klapisch: Torre's job security not an issue
Believe it or not, Joe Torre is as safe now as he's ever been in his long tenure as the Yankees' manager, writes Bob Klapisch.

Jason Lane Crasnick: Expect Astros to contend in '06
Even though the Astros are in a bit of a transitional phase, they still very much expect to contend in 2006, writes Jerry Crasnick.

Paul Konerko Rogers: White Sox built for a repeat?
Can the White Sox repeat? Phil Rogers give us five reasons why we'll see them again in late October and five reasons why we won't.

Jimmy Rollins Kurkjian: Streaks and milestones in 2006
From hitting streaks to team futility marks, the 2006 season could have several memorable moments, writes Tim Kurkjian.

Barry Bonds Caple: Love 'em ... hate 'em
Expect there to be varying emotions among fans as Barry Bonds takes aim at Hank Aaron's all-time home run record in 2006.

Amphetamines Crasnick: Speed trap
Examining the use of "greenies" and how MLB's new amphetamine policy might affect the season ahead.

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Feb. 1-20: Salary arbitration hearings, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Feb. 16: Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.
Feb. 21: Voluntary reporting date for other players.
Feb. 27: Hall of Fame Negro leagues and pre-Negro league selection committee vote, Tampa, Fla.
Feb. 28: Mandatory reporting date.
March 2-11: Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players.
March 3-20: World Baseball Classic.
March 15: Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
March 29: Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2006 salary.
April 2: Opening Day, Cleveland at Chicago White Sox. Active rosters reduced to 25 players.
May 15: Hall of Fame Game, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh, Cooperstown, N.Y.
June 6-7: Amateur draft.
July 11: All-Star Game, Pittsburgh.
July 30: Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.
July 31: Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
Sept. 1: Active rosters expand to 40 players.
Oct. 3: Playoffs begin.
Oct. 10: League Championship Series begin.
Oct. 21: World Series begins.
October/November: Free agent filing period, first 15 days after World Series ends.
Nov. 13-17: General managers' meetings, Naples, Fla.
Dec. 4-7: Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Dec. 4-8: Major League Baseball Players Association executive board meeting, Bonita Springs, Fla.
Dec. 7: Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.
Dec. 19: Last day for free agents offered salary arbitration to accept or reject the offers.
Dec. 20: Last day for teams to offer 2007 contracts to unsigned players.
Jan 5-15: Salary arbitration filing.
Jan. 8: Last day until May 1 for free agents who rejected arbitration offers to re-sign with their former teams.
Jan. 18: Exchange of salary arbitration figures.
Feb. 1-21: Salary arbitration hearings.