Depending on who you talk to, there are a myriad of opinions on the importance of spring training. Some believe that it is an important tune-up for the season and that those who perform well will translate that success to Opening Day. Others, however, believe that it is a time to get the kinks out and work on a few new weapons in the arsenal.
Both seem to be right.
Spring training allows for pitchers to hone their pitches and for batters to work on their plate strategies, all while getting into form to focus on the grueling 150-plus-game schedule.
In regards to fantasy baseball, we care only about return on investment. So should we be worried about some players who are having dismal springs? Maybe. Maybe not.
Either way, in case you fall in the former group who believe that spring training is a valuable way of measuring regular-season success, here are seven players whose stocks are declining due to their spring training performances to date.
NOTE: There are many players that could be added to this list based on five-or-so at-bats. However, this list includes players who were in need of solid spring training, whether it be due to injury, player movement or coming off a terrible season.