When every season begins, there are roster spots to be won or loss. This goes with every team, not just the Pirates.
This year, the Pirates have a majority of their 25-man roster locked up, but that doesn't mean that there aren't going to battles along the way for more playing time.
The Pirates have a potential platoon working its way in at first base with Casey McGehee, a new addition from the Brewers this offseason, and the non-lefty hitting Garrett Jones. Will we see a platoon or will one man rise above the other before the season begins?
How about battles for bench positions in the middle infield, catcher or even the last bench guy in general? How about some healthy competition in the bullpen?
In the following three slides, I will highlight the three most intriguing position battles with the candidates, current front-runner, likely winner and some analysis.