Author: Craig Calcaterra

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Play ball! The official reporting dates for all 30 teams



Many players are already working out in Florida and Arizona, but here are the official reporting dates for all 30 teams:

Team Pitchers & Catchers Report
Cincinnati Reds 2/18/2015
Cleveland Indians 2/18/2015
Pittsburgh Pirates 2/18/2015
San Francisco Giants 2/18/2015
Philadelphia Phillies 2/18/2015
Arizona Diamondbacks 2/19/2015
Baltimore Orioles 2/19/2015
Chicago Cubs 2/19/2015
Colorado Rockies 2/19/2015
Detroit Tigers 2/19/2015
Kansas City Royals 2/19/2015
Los Angeles Angels 2/19/2015
Los Angeles Dodgers 2/19/2015
New York Mets 2/19/2015
Oakland Athletics 2/19/2015
St. Louis Cardinals 2/19/2015
San Diego Padres 2/19/2015
Washington Nationals 2/19/2015
Atlanta Braves 2/20/2015
Boston Red Sox 2/20/2015
Chicago White Sox 2/20/2015
Houston Astros 2/20/2015
Miami Marlins 2/20/2015
Milwaukee Brewers 2/20/2015
New York Yankees 2/20/2015
Seattle Mariners 2/20/2015
Texas Rangers 2/20/2015
Tampa Bay Rays 2/21/2015
Minnesota Twins 2/22/2015
Toronto Blue Jays 2/22/2015


Still some time for many clubs — four whole, long days for the Twins and the Jays — but given baseball’s “on time is late” sensibilities about such things, expect almost every team to have almost every player in uniform and running wind sprints before the actual deadline.

The Orioles are close to signing Everth Cabrera

everth cabrera getty

I forgot this guy was even out there looking for a job:

The Padres cut bait on him with a non-tender after he batted just .232/.272/.300 in 391 plate appearances in 2014. Given that he made $2.45 million as a first-year arbitration eligible player, they wisely didn’t want to pay $3 million or $4 million to see if he might bounce back. And that’d before you get into his legal problems, his being wound up in the Biogenesis thing and everything else.

But, on a cheap deal on the eve of spring training? Well, that’s a pretty low-dollar, low-risk kind of move for a 28-year-old middle infielder who has shown flashes of production in the past. It would’ve been bad for the Padres to keep him, but it’s a pretty savvy pickup for the Orioles.

Let’s pump the brakes on the Pablo Sandoval waistline watch, OK?

Pablo Sandoval

Yesterday was the first day Pablo Sandoval worked out down at the Red Sox’ spring training complex. And a photo was taken of him that was less-than-flattering:

And so it begins.

What “it” is, of course, is premature worrying about a problem that may not be a problem. Because, yes, that may be a bad photo of Pablo Sandoval and, yes, in the past Sandoval has come under fire for being out of shape on occasion. But it’s also the case that (a) an “in shape” Pablo Sandoval is not the same thing as a thin Pablo Sandoval; and (b) one photo of a player on the first day of spring training does not establish, ipso facto, that he is out of shape. Or are we all forgetting “Fat Derek Jeter” and “Fat Chipper Jones?”

Obviously Sandoval is not Jeter or Jones, two athletes who were always in great shape. Indeed, it’s totally possible Sandoval is not in the shape the Red Sox want him to be in. And if he is not in shape, that is newsworthy.

But how about we wait for John Farrell or someone to say so based on their assessment of Mr. Sandoval rather than rely on the often unreliable method of looking at quick snapshots of a guy in a big t-shirt and calling him a fatty?