The Houston Astros’ World Series win last year was validation for the tear-it-down-and-rebuild school of roster management – from one of the historically worst teams in 2011-13 to champs, all with homegrown talent like li le big man Jose Altuve (above). But as 2018 begins for Major League Baseball (from Mar 30), the buzz is being generated by big teams acting like their familiar selves. The Yankees added the game’s best slugger in Giancarlo Stanton, while the Cubs made a move for pitching ace Yu Darvish. Most intriguing of all might be Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese star headed to the Angels. An all-rounder, he has all of baseball watching to see if he excels in the majors both pitching and hi ing.