UPDATES & NEWS
Michael Saunders said Saturday that he's feeling no pain one day after undergoing knee surgery.
OK, let's not get too worked up here. We already received the good news that Saunders would only miss a few weeks of the regular season, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. It could just be the post-surgery morphine drip doing the talking here. Saunders went from late-round sleeper to potential waiver wire grab in the span of just a few days. Regardless of these type of feelgood reports, keep in mind that he still underwent a surgical procedure to repair significant damage to his knee. Analysis: Howard Bender
Brandon Phillips said he is fully recovered from his thumb injury and will not be limited in camp.
Last season was the first year in seven that Phillips' hit fewer than 18 home runs and his batting average stayed in the .260's for the second year in a row. He also stole on two bases which marked the second consecutive year that he failed to swipe 10 bags. The numbers are in an overall decline and Phillips is steadily dropping in the second base rankings. But he may have a last gasp left if his thumb truly is healed and he's 100-percent healthy. Look for him in the later rounds of your drafts. Analysis: Howard Bender
Chad Smith has arrived in camp on Saturday.
Smith was just claimed off waivers from the Tigers on Thursday so he had a couple of days to get his things and head to the A's spring training facility. He's a long shot to make the 25-man roster, but if he can continue to post similar strikeout and walk rates that he did in Double and Triple-A last year, he could get a call-up at some point. Analysis: Howard Bender
Blue Jays have signed OF Dayan Viciedo.
Viciedo was released by the White Sox earlier in the offseason, but the 25 year old has found a home with the Blue Jays, signing a minor league deal with Toronto. This is a nice pick up for the Jays, given their lack of depth outside of the starting lineup. Viciedo has a lot of value if he is platooned against lefties only, as he has a .291 career average and .837 OPS against southpaws. He has much less success against righties, as he has hit .240 with a .679 OPS in his career against them. Analysis: Ben Diamond