2018 Spring Training has begun!

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Highlights from 2018-02-24

First MLB live game pitching line by Shohei Otani for the Los Angeles Angels: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR — Giancarlo Stanton debuts with the New York Yankees. His first at-bat is a base on balls. — Curtis Granderson’s first at-bat of the Blue Jays spring training season starts with a homerun. — JD Martinez is still not officially signed by the Red Sox, pending a deeper examination of his physical. — John Kruk eats a hotdog.

Eric Hosmer signs with the San Deigo Padres

[2018-02-18] After what was one of the coldest of cold “hot stoves”, 28-year-old first baseman Eric Hosmer signed an 8 year, $140 million deal with the Padres. With a core of young talent and a deep minor league system, they must be banking on Hosmer, a World Series winner, to lead this team into the playoff. If he can continue to produce like he did last season for a few more, San Deigo just purchased the face of the franchise into the 2020’s.

Rays send Jake Odorizzi to the Twins

[2018-02-18] With Longoria shipped to the Giants in the off-season, it was clear that the Tampa Bay Rays weren’t planning to compete in 2018. By trading right-handed starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi to the Minnesota Twins, they are all in on a rebuild. We are all waiting to see where Chris Archer ends up.

Key Free Agents Still Unsigned

[2019-02-19] Jake Arrieta — Jayson Werth — Jake Peavy — Ben Revere — Jose Bautista — Andre Ethier  — Tyler Clippard  — Koji Uehara  — Trevor Rosenthal — Adam Lind — Ichiro Suzuki — Mike Napoli — Lucas Duda — Melky Cabrera  — Mike Moustakas  — J.D. Martinez (Signed with the Red Sox)

Cactus League

Team Location
Arizona D-backs Scottsdale, AZ
Chicago Cubs Mesa, AZ
Chicago White Sox Glendale, AZ
Cincinnati Reds Goodyear, AZ
Cleveland Indians Goodyear, AZ
Colorado Rockies Scottsdale, AZ
Kansas City Royals Surprise, AZ
Milwaukee Brewers Phoenix, AZ
Los Angeles Angels Tempe, AZ
Los Angeles Dodgers Glendale, AZ
Oakland Athletics Mesa, AZ
San Diego Padres Peoria, AZ
San Francisco Giants Scottsdale, AZ
Seattle Mariners Peoria, AZ
Texas Rangers Surprise, AZ

Grapefruit League

Team Location
Atlanta Braves Lake Buena Vista, FL
Baltimore Orioles Sarasota, FL
Cincinnati Reds Fort Myers, FL
Detroit Tigers Lakeland, FL
Houston Astros Kissimmee, FL
Miami Marlins Jupiter, FL
Minnesota Twins Fort Myers, FL
New York Mets Port St. Lucie, FL
New York Yankees Tampa, FL
Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater, FL
Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton, FL
St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter, FL
Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte, FL
Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin, FL
Washington Nationals Viera, FL