Before the Detroit Tigers' 1-1 tie against the New York Yankees on Sunday, Detroit manager Jim Leyland made it clear that the battle for his squad's 25th roster position still isn't a choice between just two players—Andy Dirks and Clete Thomas.
"There's definitely more than two guys, I can promise you this," Leyland stated.
So it seems clear that the Tigers still have some work to do to firm up their final roster.
It isn't to say that 24 spots are already set, either. There is still the unmet commitment to a No. 5 starter in the rotation.
The 25th spot, however, that Leyland is referring to is a position player, not a pitcher. Whether it is an infielder or an outfielder doesn't seem as clear. He has several options in both places.
"I could take four or five 25th players right now," Leyland said. "I could go with any of them and be comfortable. I know I can go a lot of different ways with my 25th player and be very comfortable.That's not something that's really going to eat at me."
Here's a peek at five players that are still in the hunt for Detroit's final Opening Day roster spot.