The Free Agent Five is now the Free Agent Four, as Ervin Santana, Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew remain unsigned but Ubaldo Jimenez has found a home -- in a deal I believe is unlikely to succeed.
Let's dive in.
TAKING A BREAK
Similar to Ryan Dempster, Barry Zito says that he's taking a break in 2014 but isn't retiring from baseball.
REPORTS, RUMORS and SPECULATION
Braves: In an article about the recent contract extensions by the club, beat writer David O'Brien says that he doesn't think Jason Heyward will be signed long-term. Heyward is set to be a free agent after the 2015 season.
Padres: Third baseman Chase Headley hasn't had discussions with the club about a possible contract extension. He's set to hit free agency after this season.
Red Sox: Jon Lester says that he hasn't had any discussions with the front office about a possible contract extension. He's only locked up for this season before hitting free agency.
Braves: Star setup man Jonny Venters is taking a "slow, steady" approach to rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. If things go well, he could begin a rehab assignment about the time the Braves break camp in late March (MLB.com).
Twins: Shortstop Pedro Florimon will be sidelined at least two weeks after having surgery to remove his appendix Monday. It wasn't an emergency appendectomy, however, so his timetable for a return is significantly shorter than it could have been (MLB.com).