Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 2/6/13
The winds of change are blowing across Major League Baseball heading into Spring Training. Just when you think one piece of news was huge, another would come along and knock it off it's perch. Things began on Monday with the retirement of former Diamondbacks starter Brandon Webb, and continued into that evening with the trade of Jed Lowrie from the Astros to the Athletics. On Tuesday, we heard the news that Chris Carpenter likely wouldn't pitch for the Cardinals (or anyone, for that matter) in 2013 due to ongoing issues with his shoulder. Finally on Tuesday evening, we heard more bad news, this time involving Ryan Braun being linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami (a link which reportedly has nothing to do with PEDs, but that's not stopping people from crucifying Braun). Spring Training must be upon us... But it's OK everyone, Spring Training is almost here,,,don't panic. To get you prepared, we took a look at some fun changes MLB should make (but never would), the shift in the balance of power across baseball to the west coast, and of course, whether or not the Houston Astros are an embarrassment in light of the Lowrie trade. Ah, baseball....so close, yet so far. Enjoy your offseason, everyone. [follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

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