Mark Reynolds
Rockies' Mark Reynolds: Added to 40-man roster
Mark Reynolds, 1B, COL
3:26 PM
News: The Rockies selected the contract of Reynolds on Sunday, adding him to the 40-man roster, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

Reynolds, who was attending camp as a non-roster invitee, is expected to open the season as the team's regular starting first baseman after Ian Desmond suffered a fractured hand, which will likely keep him out until late April. The 33-year-old turned in an .806 OPS over 441 plate appearances with the Rockies in 2016 while trimming his strikeout rate to 25.4%, the lowest mark of his career.

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Adam Lind
Nationals' Adam Lind: Slow start to spring
Adam Lind, 1B, WAS
2:00 PM
News: Lind is batting .171 (7-for-41) with two doubles and three RBI over 21 spring training games played.

Lind inked a one-year deal with the Nationals this offseason to serve as a left-handed bench bat and backup first baseman. The 33-year-old has seen his offensive numbers dip in each of his past three big league seasons and his slow start to spring is not a very encouraging sign. He'll need to pick things up during the regular season if he hopes to receive semi-regular at-bats for the Nats.

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Ryan Zimmerman
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Another multi-hit game Saturday
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS
9:29 AM
News: Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

The 32-year-old seemed to flip a switch about 10 days ago, and Zimmerman is now 12-for his last-23 (.522) this spring with a home run, three doubles and a 5:3 BB:K. If he can carry that momentum at the plate forward into the regular season the veteran could prove to be a draft-day steal, but he remains purely an endgame dart given his declining production over the last couple of years.

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Brandon Belt
Giants' Brandon Belt: Hits third homer of spring
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
3/25/2017
News: Belt crushed a three-run homer in Friday's win over the Rockies. It was his only hit in four at-bats.

The 28-year-old is quietly having a consistent spring, slashing .289/.340/.600 in 49 plate appearances. Quiet and consistent are also ways to describe the first baseman's offensive game. In his last three full seasons, Belt has averaged 17.3 homers, 72.3 RBI and 75.3 runs. The one aspect of his game that stands out from the rest is his ability to get on base at a high clip (.394 on-base percentage in 2016), which obviously inflates his value in leagues that incorporate that statistic. Barring an injury, we should expect more of the same from Belt in 2017.

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Adrian Gonzalez
Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Successful return Friday
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
3/25/2017
News: Gonzalez (elbow) returned to the lineup Friday, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a pair of runs scored in a spring win over the Diamondbacks.

This was the veteran first baseman's first game action since having his elbow inflammation flare up last Sunday. The slugger's stock already took a slight hit when the Dodgers announced that they would be giving him more scheduled rest days this season, but this lingering elbow injury is a slight cause for concern as well. That being said, Gonzalez has been the model of health and consistency over his 12-year professional career, so it is tough not to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to durability.

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Josh Bell
Pirates' Josh Bell: Lackluster spring showing continues Friday
Josh Bell, 1B, PIT
3/25/2017
News: Bell, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday, has two hits in 27 at-bats in Grapefruit League action.

The team is looking for Bell to simply pile up as many at-bats as possible as the switch-hitter got off to a late start following arthroscopic knee surgery in February. Pittsburgh is counting on the 24-year-old to serve as the team's primary first baseman. He could cede some time to John Jaso early on, as Jaso is a better fielder and has had a strong spring, but the first base job is basically Bell's to lose. There also a long-range chance the Bucs move him back to his natural spot in the outfield, but either way he's set for steady playing time.

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Stephen Cardullo
Rockies' Stephen Cardullo: Strengthening case for MLB roster spot
Stephen Cardullo, 1B, COL
3/24/2017
News: Cardullo is 14-for-45 (.311) with three home runs and 13 RBI in 23 Cactus League games.

Cardullo is in the thick of the race to garner an Opening Day roster spot left vacant following the injury to Ian Desmond (hand). He's making a strong case to fill that void, especially showing off his power by hammering two grand slams this spring. Prospect Jordan Patterson is also enjoying a strong spring performance, and Christhian Adames and Pat Valaika are both working out at first base to attempt to grab the spot for their own. However, Cardullo's torrid spring could lead the Rockies to give him a chance, especially since some of the other candidates have minor league options remaining, a luxury they don't have with the non-roster invitee Cardullo.

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Freddie Freeman
Braves' Freddie Freeman: Hits first spring homer Thursday
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
3/24/2017
News: Freeman went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, his first long ball of the spring, in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

The homer capped off an epic 12-pitch battle against Justin Verlander and proved to be the only run the Braves could muster against Detroit's ace. Freeman's now hitting .484/.543/.613 through 31 spring at-bats and seems more than ready for Opening Day.

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Matt Adams
Cardinals' Matt Adams: Plays four innings in outfield Wednesday
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
3/23/2017
News: Adams played in left field for the final four innings of Wednesday's 6-1 Cactus League victory over the Nationals, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Adams didn't see any chances while in the field, but the Cardinals are likely to put him out there again in coming games. Manager Mike Matheny has commented that Adams has looked good running down flyballs in batting practice, and the goal remains to have him serve as a viable enough option in the outfield so as to have him see at-bats on a more regular basis.

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Joey Terdoslavich
Pirates' Joey Terdoslavich: Shifted to minors camp
Joey Terdoslavich, 1B, PIT
3/23/2017
News: Terdoslavich was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday.

The 28-year-old had two brief stints with the Braves' big club in 2014 and 2015 but projects as mere organizational depth. Terdoslavich likely needs plenty of dominoes to fall for an extended chance in the majors.

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