Can we start calling Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales and Nelson Cruz "The Free Agent Five?" It has a bit of a LOST feel to it, so I like it and I'm sticking with it as long as the five men with draft compensation attached remain free agents.
Anyway, yes, the five remain unsigned. Jon Heyman has the latest on Jimenez. As for the rest of baseball, let's get to it.
Red Sox: Ryan Dempster has decided to sit out the 2014 season due to neck issues -- among other things like spending time with his family -- and he may retire. He has not, however, ruled out a return in 2015.
REPORTS, RUMORS and SPECULATION
Braves: It is "safe to say" that Andrelton Simmons will be the next Braves youngster to see a contract extension, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He believes Simmons' deal will happen either this season or next.
Orioles: The club isn't worried about losing draft compensation as they eye the free agent market, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Might this be a precursor to a signing of either Jimenez or Santana?
Red Sox: In the wake of Dempster retiring, the Red Sox still don't plan to pursue starting pitching from outside the organization, reports WEEI.com's Speier. He also reports they "could" bring back Drew, but that it "remains to be seen."
Reds: There's talk that the club and starting pitcher Homer Bailey are close to agreeing on a six-year deal worth around $100 million.