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Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has reportedly taken physicals for a number of MLB teams, including the Dodgers.

Although Olivera has not yet been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball he is still receiving a lot of interest throughout the league. Considering the big paydays some other Cuban defectors has received of late, Olivera could start a bidding war once teams are free to sign him.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Chris Owings (shoulder) is progressing in his rehabilitation at a faster pace than originally expected following offseason surgery.

Owings is the Diamondbacks' long-term fix at the shortstop position and is expected to be a fixture in the team's spring lineup at some point in the middle of March. Although his offense may not have caught up to his glove just yet, he is still someone worth monitoring this spring as he may turn into a solid fantasy option at some point this season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jeremy Hellickson experienced a cramp near his right rib cage area Saturday and shut down his pitching session a few pitches short.

Hellickson was limited to just 13 starts last season after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery during the offseason and struggled in his comeback. Now completely healed, the Diamondbacks seem to be relying heavily on the 27-year old righthander as they feel he has and will maintain the command and velocity he struggled to regain in 2014. He's a very risky pick right now but could be worth a late-round pick in NL-only play. Analysis: Howard Bender

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

Miguel Montero said he is looking forward to being the Cubs workhorse behind the plate.

Montero was the Diamondbacks' primary backstop since 2009 and has appeared in at least 136 games in three of the last four seasons. He's got a strong presence behind the plate and should jell with the new pitching staff right from the start. His offensive totals have been on the decline but he still works as a good middle-tiered fantasy catcher. 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

Trevor Plouffe was held out of action Saturday due to illness.

Plouffe is coming off of a season ended short due to a forearm fracture, but he is healthy in that regard and should return to camp for tomorrow. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will begin running the bases next week.

The oft-injured outfielder will continue to make his way back from knee surgery that he needed last summer, and he should be 100% for opening day. He's never a good bet to play over 130 games, but if he can manage just that, he could certainly be a top-10 OF Analysis: Ben Diamond

Troy Tulowitzki (hip) will begin running the bases next week.

Tulo underwent hip surgery last season, which ended his year, but he is doing well and should be unrestricted soon. Similar to his teammate Carlos Gonzalez, he'll put up elite production if healthy, but that's a huge if.  Analysis: Ben Diamond
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