Friday February 26th, 2016

Spring training camps have opened, pitchers and hitters have reported, and all across Florida and Arizona, teams are getting ready for the coming season. So what better time to check in with Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer Tom Verducci about all things spring?

On this week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast, Ted Keith and Steve Cannella welcome Tom to the show live from Arizona to discuss all the latest news and happenings in the majors. Topics include the Cubs' surprise signing of Dexter Fowler and whether Chicago truly is the team to beat this year; MLB's latest rule changes to infield slides and pace of play, and what effect they could have on the game; the latest controversy surrounding Pablo Sandoval and his weight at Red Sox camp; the pressure facing the Dodgers' Dave Roberts and the Nationals' Dusty Baker as they take the reins of their new teams; and which teams, players and people Tom is most excited to see this spring.

Want more top-notch baseball talk delivered straight to you every week? Then subscribe to The Strike Zone podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud. Have any questions, comments or thoughts on the show? Reach out to Ted, Steve or producer Jon Tayler on Twitter.

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