We know many of you are already on your way to camp. Spring is definitely in the air, and for now we’ll be happy with pitchers and catchers. You’ll also find that many teams are hosting position players who live in the area or who are eager to begin their camp workouts.
If you’re heading to camp, check out our handy guide to workouts:
There have been some slight changes to the times of workouts and when gates open, so check it out.
The next milestone in spring training 2018: position players officially reporting to camp. There certainly are teams where position players are unofficially working out, but here are the formal reporting dates for position players:
Position players report between Feb. 17-19, and the first full squad workouts are set for Feb. 19-20.
This should be an interesting spring training, as agents lament the lack of huge free-agent contracts and contending teams are eager to see what they have for the season. The Los Angeles Angels made a huge impact with the signing of Shohei Ohtani, and the New York Yankees improved a contending squad with the addition of Giancarlo Stanton, adding him to a loaded roster that already included Aaron Judge. Today sees the launch of private workouts in Bradenton, FL at IMG Academy for unsigned free agents, but the sessions are closed and it’s not clear how many players will actually show up. High-powered agent Scott Boras is not sending his client there; they include Jake Arrieta, J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. We’re seeing some lower-level signings as teams approach camp, however, and it would be astounding if some of these high-profile free agents don’t sign one-year deals to prep for next year’s free-agency season.
As for us: We’ll be heading to Florida next week, taking in the annual Boston Red Sox/Northeastern/Boston College doubleheader and a Minnesota Twins/University of Minnesota Golden Gopher match on Feb. 22. (A triple header to begin the season! Yes!) We’ll then spend the next week in the Grapefruit League before heading to Arizona and the Cactus League in March.