With Grapefruit League games scheduled to begin this weekend, we’ll soon get our first look at the main competitors for the fifth spot in the Phillies’ rotation.
- The battle for the fifth starter spot will begin on Saturday when Nick Pivetta will start against the Tigers in the Grapefruit League opener. His primary competition - Vince Velasquez - will get his turn on Monday.
- Say what you will about Trevor Bauer, but he might be the key to prospect Damon Jones’ success.
- Jay Bruce will be wearing a new number this season in tribute to his recently passed friend.
- Not only is Kris Bryant still with the Cubs, but it looks like he may serve as the team’s leadoff hitter this season.
- Speaking of third basemen thought to be on the trading block, it seems like Nolan Arenado is dealing with the reality that he will continue to be a Rockie for the foreseeable future.
- If you were planning on taking Pablo Reyes in your fantasy draft, you might want to hold off. The Pirates’ rookie utility man was suspended for a PED violation.
- Not that the bar was set especially high, but it looks like Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life.