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2018 Spring Training report dates

The four greatest words in sports.

Not "we made the playoffs" or "fantasy football draft season" or even "free agent LeBron James." No, the four words that bring with them more hope than any other.

Pitchers and catchers report.

Yes, Spring Training is probably two weeks longer than it needs to be, and yes, the old adage "hope springs eternal" means less in this era of tanking than it ever has before. Still, there's something about baseball being back that can bring out the joy in any sports fan. And there's no moment, beyond Opening Day itself, that signifies baseball's return better than the day pitchers and catchers report to camp.

The moment the World Series ends each October, Google searches for "When do pitchers and catchers report?" see a spike, and they continue to trend up all winter. Well fans, that day is finally almost upon us. The long, dark winter is over. Baseball is almost back.

No matter which team you root for, we've got you covered. Here are your Spring Training 2018 pitcher and catcher report dates.

Monday, Feb. 12:

New York Mets

Pittsburgh Pirates

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Arizona Diamondbacks

Atlanta Braves

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Chicago Cubs

Chicago White Sox

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

Houston Astros

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Los Angeles Dodgers

Miami Marlins

Minnesota Twins

New York Yankees

Oakland Athletics

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

St. Louis Cardinals

Tampa Bay Rays

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Cleveland Indians

Colorado Rockies

Kansas City Royals

Milwaukee Brewers

Philadelphia Phillies

Seattle Mariners

Texas Rangers​​​​​

Toronto Blue Jays

Washington Nationals

 

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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