There promise to be entertaining positional battles during MLB Spring Training 2012.
In particular, much is at stake when a veteran player competes against an up-and-comer for a starting role.
Secondary to winning the World Series but above most other things, MLB players are motivated by the possibility of playing everyday.
Old-timers often have too much pride to accept reserve roles, while the young guys don't want to pass up opportunities to establish their legitimacy.
All the following individuals will appear in the big leagues this season. That's a victory in itself.
However, their performances over the next few weeks could dramatically affect their futures in baseball beyond this summer.