2023 MLB season preview: Complete coverage

Photos of Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw side by side.
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Another Major League Baseball season is upon us.

Will the Dodgers surpass expectations and challenge for a World Series title despite losing some high-profile players in free agency? Will the Angels finally challenge for a playoff spot in their hopes of signing Shohei Ohtani to a long-term contract?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball heading into the 2023 season.

After a string of dominant years, the Dodgers lost a lot of talent and enter the new season with several questions about whether they can repeat as NL West champions.

The Dodgers have been a virtual lock to make the postseason the last 10 years. This season? Nothing is a given and that might make it fun.

Arte Moreno didn’t trade Shohei Ohtani last season. But in recent weeks, the Angels owner has started to construct a pathway for Ohtani to leave town.

Major League Baseball’s new pitch clock rules will go into effect for real Thursday when the regular season begins. Players say it’s time to focus.

After perhaps the most extensive offseason roster turnover of Andrew Friedman’s tenure, the Dodgers enter the 2023 MLB season in a transitional phase.

The Angels have retooled their roster, hoping to play their way into postseason contention and give Shohei Ohtani a reason to remain in Anaheim.

The Angels’ Anthony Rendon had a comeback spring training and the infielder hopes to replicate it during the season while staying healthy.

San Diego Padres investor Christopher Zook discusses how he balances the desire to make money with the Padres’ mega-spending.

Angels general manager Perry Minasian says he’s been in baseball too long to make guarantees. The Angels haven’t made the playoffs since 2014.

Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy struggled after sustaining a major elbow injury at the end of 2021. He is determined to recapture his All-Star form.

Shohei Ohtani already is MLB’s highest-compensated player before hitting free agency, reportedly earning $70 million via his salary and endorsements.

Follow along for the latest news and analysis as the Dodgers wrap up their spring-training program in the Freeway Series against the Angels.

A pitch clock, pickoff limit, the changing of shifts on defense and bigger bases could make for a different game in the upcoming season.

Angels star Mike Trout says playing in the WBC was something he needed to experience, underlining how important it is for the Angels to make the playoffs.

Clayton Kershaw has opted for consecutive one-year contracts with the Dodgers so that he can leave the sport on his terms.

Angels infielder Jared Walsh and catcher Max Stassi were both added to the injured list while the Dodgers are targeting a late-April return for pitcher Tony Gonsolin.

The Cubs held spring training on Catalina Island. A team called the Tigers played in Vernon, then Venice, then Vernon again. And L.A.’s Wrigley Field held night games decades before Chicago’s did.

Shohei Ohtani, fresh off leading Japan to win in the World Baseball Classic, said the title strengthened his goal of winning a title with the Angels.

The life of a Japanese journalist, one assigned to cover the country’s biggest star playing in Major League Baseball, is all-consuming and relentless.

Catcher Logan O’Hoppe will become the youngest Angels catcher to start on opening day while the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor shows promising signs with his swing.

The San Diego Padres are serious about becoming contenders in the NL West by adding Xander Bogaerts and making sure Manny Machado stays around.

The Dodgers have been encouraged by the growth Dustin May has shown on and off the mound this spring. The pitcher had Tommy John surgery in 2021.

Angels owner Arte Moreno broke years of silence, telling Sports Illustrated why he decided not to sell the team, his plans for Shohei Ohtani and more.

A strong performance in the spring has earned rookie outfielder James Outman, 25, a spot on the Dodgers’ opening day roster.

The Dodgers want Brusdar Graterol to be more consistent against left-handed hitters and develop a more effective slider before potentially making him a closer.

Malachi Moore, who played at Compton Dominguez High and Compton College, is one of 10 umpires promoted to full-time MLB status for the 2023 season.

After Shohei Ohtani proved during the World Baseball Classic he’s made for the big stage, he must leave the Angels and play for a title contender.

Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías will make the start on March 30 when the Dodgers open the season at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Follow along for the latest news and analysis from Dodgers spring training at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix ahead of the 2023 MLB season.

The Texas Rangers lost 94 games in 2022, but with a revamped pitching staff, led by Jacob deGrom, they hope to make a big jump in a loaded division.

In his first spring training as the Angels’ full-time manager, Phil Nevin is hoping to instill a winning attitude with the players.

New Anaheim mayor Ashleigh Aitken ‘can’t imagine a future in Anaheim without the Angels’ and is open to working with Arte Moreno on a stadium deal.

Dodgers prospects Ryan Pepiot, Michael Grove, Gavin Stone and Bobby Miller could bolster the major league rotation in 2023.