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  • Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino: Taking batting practice

    Pasquantino (shoulder) took batting practice last week before position players officially reported to Royals camp, Jaylon Thompson of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Pasquantino underwent right shoulder surgery in June, but it appears he's on a fairly normal progression this spring. Assuming he can get through the Cactus League slate without trouble, he should be the Royals' primary first baseman in 2024.

  • Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero: Healthy to begin spring

    Guerrero acknowledged Tuesday that he played through nagging injuries for most of 2023, but he spent the offseason getting into better shape in an effort to stay in one piece through the long season, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports. "I achieved all the goals that I wanted to achieve," Guerrero said. "Of course, being in shape like I used to be, like I felt before in previous years, and I really believe that I achieved that goal. And I feel great right now."

    The first baseman dealt with knee and wrist issues last year, and while he missed only six games, he wasn't often playing at 100 percent. "If I tell you that I didn't play with pain in a lot of games, I would be lying," he said. "But that's not an excuse. It's part of the game. Sometimes you got to go on the field and grind, even if everything hurts. Also, I probably won't blame that because I didn't have the best preparation in the offseason last year." Guerrero seems to have learned his lesson when it comes to offseason prep, as he reported to camp both trimmer and stronger. If improved fitness translates into better results at the plate, the 24-year-old could recapture the MVP-level form he displayed in 2021.

  • Ryan O'Hearn 1B | BAL

    Orioles' Ryan O'Hearn: Will get look in corner outfield

    O'Hearn will get reps in the corner outfield spots in spring training, Jake Rill of reports.

    O'Hearn still figures to see most of his time at first base or designated hitter to begin the year. The 30-year-old had success in a strong-side platoon role last season, slashing .289/.322/.480 over 368 plate appearances across a career-high 112 games. Adding the outfield to his skill set gives the Orioles more roster flexibility, but he probably won't play much there barring injuries to other players.

  • Alex Kirilloff 1B | MIN

    Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Taking live batting practice

    Kirilloff (shoulder) is scheduled to take live batting practice Monday, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

    Kirilloff had surgery in October to repair the labrum in his right shoulder but appears to be all systems go at the start of spring training. The 26-year-old tentatively projects to see most of his starts in the designated hitter spot this season, although some action at first base and the outfield is also likely, assuming his health holds up.

  • Ronald Guzman 1B | BAL

    Orioles' Ronald Guzman: Waiting on visa

    Guzman has yet to report to Orioles camp due to visa issues, Danielle Allentuck of reports.

    The first baseman-turned-pitcher joined Baltimore on a minor-league deal in January and is attending big-league camp as a non-roster invitee. Guzman, who missed most of the 2023 season while recovering from a forearm strain, appears to be fully healthy after he made two relief appearances in the Dominican Winter League.

  • Yandy Diaz 1B | TB

    Rays' Yandy Diaz: Healthy to start spring training

    Diaz is fully healthy entering spring training after battling a groin injury for most of the 2023 season, Kristie Ackert of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Diaz suffered the initial injury in mid-May and went on to miss small chunks of time for the rest of the season with an assortment of lower-body injuries. He focused on agility work this offseason to avoid similar issues in 2024 while increasing his first-step quickness. It's also worth noting that Diaz played through the pain effectively, as he posted an excellent .406 wOBA with a .193 ISO across 259 plate appearances in the second half.

  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Facing competition in camp

    Horwitz could be battling the recently signed Daniel Vogelbach for a spot on the Blue Jays' bench.

    The 26-year-old Horwitz was expected to be the main backup at first base and DH, offering a left-handed option behind Vladimir Guerrero and Justin Turner, but that's exactly the role Vogelbach has filled during his career. Horwitz offers more contact that the veteran and slashed .337/.450/.495 for Triple-A Buffalo last season with 10 homers in 107 games, but Vogelbach's career .814 OPS against right-handed pitching and power upside would give the Jays' bench an element it currently lacks. Given the duo's limited defensive flexibility, it seems highly unlikely both would make the 26-man roster.

  • Keston Hiura 1B | DET

    Tigers' Keston Hiura: Receives chance with Detroit

    Hiura signed a contract with the Tigers on Friday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    The 27-year-old will be in camp as a non-roster invitee and earn $2 million if he makes the MLB roster, per Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. Hiura last played in the majors in 2022 and hit 14 homers in 80 games with Milwaukee, but he also had a 41.7 percent strikeout rate and has struggled to make consistent contact in the majors.

  • Bobby Dalbec 1B | BOS

    Red Sox's Bobby Dalbec: Receiving outfield reps

    Dalbec is taking reps in the outfield Friday, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.

    Defense has never been a strength for Dalbec, but becoming a viable option in the corner outfield would increase his value as a utility player. The 28-year-old tallied just 53 plate appearances with the Red Sox last season, seeing most of his action at first base, but he was a force offensively at Triple-A Worcester with 33 home runs, 17 steals and a .938 OPS.

  • Ryan O'Hearn 1B | BAL

    Orioles' Ryan O'Hearn: Avoids arbitration

    O'Hearn signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of reports. The deal includes a $7.5 million club option for 2025.

    O'Hearn had been in his final year of arbitration eligibility, but the Orioles will now have the option to keep him around for what would have been his first year of free agency, as well. The 30-year-old had a surprise re-emergence with Baltimore in 2023, posting an .801 OPS with 14 homers in 112 games. He will see regular action against right-handers between first base and designated hitter.

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