"On Tuesday, the excitement shifts to Arizona, where Dodgers pitchers -- plenty of them -- and catchers report to Spring Training.
The first battery workout at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will be Wednesday. Position players report Friday, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Saturday.
After spending $200 million for winter rotation upgrades Zack Greinke and Korean sensation Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers open camp with eight well-paid starting pitchers –- Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly.
Combined, they will earn $90 million in 2013, although at least one of them figures to earn his pay elsewhere via trade once the health of Billingsley (torn elbow ligament) and Lilly (shoulder surgery) is established.
Rick Honeycutt returns for his eighth season as pitching coach, but there's been an offseason tweak with the naming of bullpen coach Ken Howell as assistant pitching coach, and the promotion of Double-A pitching coach Chuck Crim to bullpen coach.
While Crawford and Kemp will be eased into their roles, Hanley Ramirez will be thrown into his. The Dodgers want to see dramatic improvement in his defense at shortstop or will move him to third base. The evaluation window will be compressed, because he's leaving to join Team Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic, where he'll be playing third base.
If Ramirez winds up at third base for the Dodgers, that turns Luis Cruz into a role player, opening up shortstop for Dee Gordon, whose 2012 was ruined by thumb surgery.
The only position player acquired during the offseason expected to make the Opening Day roster is utilityman Skip Schumaker. Mark McGwire, Schumaker's mentor, is the new hitting coach with John Valentin promoted from Triple-A to assist McGwire."