Hope abounds at dawn of Spring Training

Hope abounds at dawn of Spring Training

The wait is nearly over.

Pitchers and catchers finally report to Spring Training this week amid excitement and the hope that 2017 will be the year they win it all.

MLB.com has previewed every team this week with what to look for in the early days of spring and beyond. Here's a glimpse of each team's outlook.

Angels: The Angels are hoping rotation depth and another great season from Mike Trout can lead to a quick rebound in 2017. More >

Renovated Spring Training parks

Astros: A host of veterans are ready to mix with a young core that is ready to get back to the playoffs. More >

A's: Oakland made its annual under-the-radar signings, but the A's success will be based on the pitching of Sonny Gray, Sean Manaea and others. More >

Blue Jays: With Joey Bats back and Kendrys Morales in the fold, Toronto is looking for a third consecutive postseason appearance. More >

Bautista major key for Blue Jays

Braves: A new group of veteran pitchers has Atlanta looking for its first winning campaign since 2013 in the team's first year at a new ballpark. More >

Brewers: Competition will abound in Brewers camp, where there are many open positions. More >

Cardinals: St. Louis is raring to go after its longest offseason in several years. More >

Cubs: The Cubs are set to get to work in hopes of defending their World Series title. More >

Cubs look for repeat in 2017

D-backs: Arizona has the talent. Now, the D-backs are hoping health can help them chase the Dodgers and Giants in the National League West. More >

Dodgers: The goal in Dodgers camp is simple: Make it back to the World Series for the first time since 1988. More >

Giants: A revamped bullpen is ready to put a disappointing 2016 behind it. More >

Indians: A full season of Andrew Miller and the addition of slugger Edwin Encarnacion has the Indians thinking about finally ending their own World Series drought. More >

Indians' vision for 2017

Mariners: General manager Jerry Dipoto has continued to overhaul the roster by adding speed and pitching. More >

Marlins: The Fish return all eight of their everyday regulars, but health and overcoming the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez will be the key to contention. More >

Mets: The Mets are ready to put last year's disappointing ending behind them with a full and healthy rotation. More >

Nationals: The Nationals have won the NL East three of the past five years, and are favorites again. Now, they're hoping for a deeper postseason run. More >

Orioles: With the free-agent years of Manny Machado and Zach Britton nearing, Baltimore remains in win-now mode in the tough American League East. More >

Padres: A host of youngsters are ready and eager to learn, play and maybe surprise in the NL West. More >

Padres may turn to youth in 2017

Phillies: The season might not end with a postseason berth or even a .500 record, but 2017 is a big campaign for the Phillies developmentally. More >

Pirates: Pittsburgh needs rebound seasons from several key cogs in order to contend with the Cubs and Cardinals in the NL Central. More >

Rangers: Mike Napoli is back and the Rangers are relatively healthy, as they look to build on last season. More >

Rays: Tampa Bay will once again fly under the radar in the AL East -- and that's just the way the Rays like it. More >

Red Sox: Big Papi is gone, but a host of other newcomers (led by Chris Sale) are ready to mesh with last season's vaunted offense and get back to the World Series. More >

Reds: The Reds are ready to continue their rebuild, as youngsters grow more comfortable in the big leagues. More >

Young players to take next step

Rockies: Their official start date isn't until Feb. 20, but most of the Rockies are already working in Arizona. More >

Royals: As the window closes in Kansas City with several free-agents-to-be, the Royals are ready for one more shot at October glory. More >

Tigers: The Tigers are giving it another go with their veteran core, while also looking to add in some youngsters. More >

Twins: The Twins are ready to move on from the young mistakes of 2016 and build a winning attitude in '17. More >

White Sox: This spring will be one of youth, hope and Jose Quintana trade rumors for the White Sox. More >

Yankees: A younger generation of Yankees are ready to strut their stuff this spring. More >.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.