The Chicago Cubs made the move many fans feared the club would, assigning third baseman Kris Bryant to minor league camp on Monday.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will start the season on the 15-day disabled list because of continuing left shoulder issues.
The New York Mets acquired left- handed pitcher Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later on Monday.
The Baltimore Orioles assigned catcher J.P. Arencibia to minor league camp on Monday.
The Boston Red Sox have placed catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list because of a sprained right elbow.
There isn't much after that. The Miami Marlins are loaded up for a playoff push -- likely through a wild card spot -- and the New York Mets are up-and- coming but still raw. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, former powerhouses of the division, are going through rebuilds and won't contend anytime soon.
But there is a new team that could be in the postseason mix. The loveable loser Chicago Cubs added new manager Joe Maddon and starter Jon Lester to go along with one of the better young cores in the game.
While it seems unlikely San Diego will unseat the Los Angeles Dodgers or defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants as the class of the NL West at the moment, the 2015 version of the Friars has many optimistic.
The one team that you probably can't make a case for is the Minnesota Twins. But rest assured Twins fans, there is a lot of talent coming. It just won't be this year.