3 – Number of days until the Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers report
5 – Number of days until the Dodgers pitchers and catchers report
11– Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
55 – Number of days until Opening Day
The confetti has barely been cleared off after Super Bowl XLVIII, yet we're just three days away from the start of the baseball season. But, before the Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers report on Friday, let's look at where a few more free agents have landed while we continue to wait for several other free agents to find summer homes.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
Derek Jeter (ankle) took on-field batting practice for the first time since suffering the injury that ended his 2013 season. Jeter hit in the batting cage and took 39 swings and then took 34 grounders at shortstop Monday at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa. This upcoming season could certainly be Jeter's last season so let's hope that he can stay healthy for it.
Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) had surgery on his throwing elbow last week and is expected to miss the first 6-8 weeks of the regular season. He took a step back with the Rays last season, going 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA. He cut down on his walks, but was hit hard with regularity leading some to believe he was dealing with some arm discomfort. Jake Odorizzi seems the most likely candidate to fill in his spot in the rotation.
Yasiel Puig could hit leadoff this season according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Carl Crawford was the primary leadoff hitter for the Dodgers last season would slide down to the No. 2 spot. Mattingly believes that the change could give the team's lineup better balance. Puig would have fewer RBI opportunities this way, but he remains a dynamic fantasy performer.
David Freese and the Angels avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. The two sides settled at the midpoint of figures that were exchanged earlier this month. The Angels hope that Freese can rebound from disappointing year that saw him bat just .262 with nine home runs.
Gerardo Parra and the Diamondbacks avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract on Monday. Parra hit .268 atop the Diamondbacks lineup in 2013 and he scored a career-best 79 runs. Parra also hit 10 home runs with 48 RBI and 10 stolen bases. While hit provides more real-life value than fantasy value because of his defensive abilities, Parra is certainly provides value in all NL-Only formats and deep mixed leagues.
Kyle Farnsworth and the Mets agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Farnsworth posted a 4.70 ERA last season between the Rays and Pirates. The Mets don't have much experience in their bullpen, so he should have a decent chance at making the Opening Day roster if he's healthy.
Cody Ross (hip) took batting practice Monday for the first time since hip surgery and is way ahead of schedule. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said that Ross may be out until May, but he suggested Monday that the start of the regular season is still possible. Ross hit .278 with eight homers and 38 RBI in 94 games last season.