This article analyses performance of several baseball teams and players prior to the start of the season. The Arizona Diamondbacks' tight budget could lead to a number of moves, starting with the trade of RHP Curt Schilling, who is guaranteed $12 million next season. The team's wealth of young talent also could motivate deals. For the second straight year, the Atlanta Braves face dramatic changes. RHP Greg Maddux and C Javy Lopez, who both will be free agents, are expected to end their lengthy tenures with the club, and free-agent RF Gary Sheffield likely will sign with the team that pays him the most.
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