There's a degree of inevitability that major league players, even iconic ones, will start anew at some point.

A small number of stars with massive contracts and no-trade clauses and a mutual desire from player and team to remain engaged will stay put.

For about 95% of major league players, however, change is inevitable.

That doesn't feel right when it involves a player closely identified with a team and a city. Nor does it make it easy on the player when years of routine are disrupted and new traditions and cultures must be learned and adhered to after so many years residing in a comfort zone.

And so it goes this spring in the Cactus League for a pair of players with MVP statuettes in their homes, posters with their likenesses adorning countless walls and free dinners and drinks waiting whenever they return to where their legends were made.

For Justin Morneau, the adjustment began in August, when his 11-year run with the Minnesota Twins ended with a trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates, sparking a five-week blur that included a sprint to the National League Division Series.

But his new reality did not truly sink in until he arrived at Colorado Rockies training camp. Given a two-year, $12.5million contract to replace another icon, Todd Helton, Morneau felt out of sorts almost immediately after realizing he had traded in the beaches and strip malls of Fort Myers, Fla., for the chaparral and strip malls of Scottsdale, Ariz.

The usually rote exhibition opener took on an odd hue as Morneau jogged to first base at the Rockies' space-age Salt River Fields complex.

"I've been going to Fort Myers for 14 or 15 years," Morneau said of the Twins' spring training base. "And then to run out there the other day was definitely different for me. Different stadium, different feel. It was a new experience. But it was a good experience, a good nervousness, some good energy."

Down the Red Mountain Freeway in Tempe, David Freese can relate.

He doesn't have an American League MVP trophy like Morneau, who beat out the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter for the 2006 honor. Freese's defining statuettes are MVP awards for the 2011 National League Championship Series and World Series — recognizing not sustained excellence, but short bursts of brilliance that pushed the St. Louis Cardinals to a championship.

The honors linked him inextricably to a town that revels in its considerable baseball history.