The Cincinnati Reds have escaped the wintry cold of Ohio as pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Ariz. on Valentine's Day.
Among these players are some of the biggest story lines for this season. Former pitching coach Bryan Price now takes over the helm, but has some lingering questions with his rotation. Can Johnny Cueto remain healthy? Can the Reds and Homer Bailey avoid arbitration.
A new story line developed when one of the starters did not join his teammates on Friday. Mat Latos instead will be recovering from a minor knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. There is no word on how long he'll be out, but there is some concern that he will not be ready for Opening Day.
The Reds also have two recovering pitchers heading in to camp as Cueto hopes to bounce back from a lat injury that limited him to 11 starts last year. Jonathan Broxton also hopes to return healthy to help secure the back end of the bullpen after having season ending surgery in August on his right forearm.
Cincinnati looks to fill a void left by Bronson Arroyo who signed with the Diamondbacks earlier this year. Arroyo won 14 games last year and consistently racked up 200 innings. Rookie David Holmberg and lefty Tony Cingrani are among the pitchers on the 40-man roster to compete for that final spot in the rotation. Jeff Francis and Chien-Ming Wang will both try to fill that void as non-roster invitees.
Even the catchers' position some shakeup this offseason. Ryan Hanigan is now in Tampa Bay leaving Devin Mesoraco as the primary catcher. The Reds went out and signed former Tigers catcher Brayan Pena to be his backup while Tucker Barnhart and Corky Miller will be waiting in Louisville if the opportunity calls.
The first workout begins on Saturday with the rest of the team scheduled to report on Feb. 19. Cincinnati is just 45 days away from opening the season against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ballpark.