Today is the first day of workouts for a dozen teams, so it's time check the whereabouts of a few players.
Some of the biggest names in the majors changed work addresses over the winter.
After falling short of the World Series for the first time in three years, the Philadelphia Phillies stocked up on pitching, adding free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee to the stable of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt.
Being able to deal four aces makes the Phillies the favorite in the National League, but the reigning champion San Francisco Giants will have something to say about that. The Giants saw no need to augment their top four starters, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner.
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For once, the New York Yankees were not the biggest spenders of the offseason. Unable to corral Lee, the Yankees were left to sign former Tampa Bay closer Rafael Soriano, providing the heir apparent to Mariano Rivera, not to mention a well-paid setup man ($10 million in 2011).
Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford now play for Boston, making the Red Sox the team to beat in the competitive AL East. The two will reportedly cost more than $300 million over time.
Milwaukee, hoping to challenge in the NL Central, acquired starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum. The Chicago Cubs countered by acquiring Matt Garza, who threw a no-hitter in 2010 for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Also in the NL Central, Lance Berkman will try to play the outfield for St. Louis at age 35 and much-traveled Bill Hall plans to play second base in Houston.
Former Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla now plays in Atlanta. Bat-for-hire Manny Ramirez now plays in Tampa Bay and Adrian Beltre now plays in Texas.
The Washington Nationals gave Jayson Werth 126 million reasons to leave Philadelphia. The Chicago White Sox increased their power factor with the addition of Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko.
Russell Martin will catch for the Yankees. Vladimir Guerrero will DH for Baltimore and Hideki Matsui is Oakland’s DH.
NEW D-BACKS DIGS
Fields of perfectly groomed grass, an expansive clubhouse next door to a training room that opens to a view of the nearby desert hills.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers reported to the team’s swanky new spring training digs in Scottsdale, Ariz., with the idea that the surroundings will symbolize the rebirth of a franchise that has tumbled from contention to futility in two miserable years.
Kirk Gibson, in his first full season as manager, want to instill “the Diamondback way,” meaning drills will be conducted at full speed.
Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher, 45, had surgery last week to remove a cancerous module on his thyroid gland after he complained of neck pain and a biopsy revealed the cancer. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Butcher’s absence is expected to be “short term.” Cubs GM Jim Hendry said he expects to complete a new contract for closer Carlos Marmol before Tuesday’s scheduled salary arbitration hearing. Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon says he is focused solely on winning after the worst season of his career (5-7, 3.90 ERA, 37 saves).