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5 things to watch in the Cactus League, including a free-agency deep freeze

Tribune News Service Logo Tribune News Service | Slide 1 of 6: Major League Baseball’s decision to start the season in late March pushes up the beginning of the Cactus League season once again. This year’s schedule of games in Arizona begins Feb. 21 and runs through March 26. That means pitchers and catchers are reporting earlier, and since we’re still a ways away from the actual start of spring, temperatures are only expected to be in the 60s for the next couple of weeks in the Valley of the Sun. There are plenty of storylines in the Cactus League this year, and here are five things to keep an eye on:

Major League Baseball’s decision to start the season in late March pushes up the beginning of the Cactus League season once again. This year’s schedule of games in Arizona begins Feb. 21 and runs through March 26. That means pitchers and catchers are reporting earlier, and since we’re still a ways away from the actual start of spring, temperatures are only expected to be in the 60s for the next couple of weeks in the Valley of the Sun. There are plenty of storylines in the Cactus League this year, and here are five things to keep an eye on:
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