Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in a matter of weeks, and pitching rotations are anything but set. Sure, the aces and following hurlers have guaranteed spots, but the jobs at the back of the starting rotation will need to be determined by an old-fashioned battle of the arms. It may be ugly at some points, but managers will need to make a decision before the start of the season.
The fact of the matter is that starting rotation battles are a part of the game, and we as fans love it. Everyone picks their side, trash talking ensues and the anticipation mounts once a final decision is made and the regular season looms.
This season is no exception. From the Toronto Blue Jays' uncertainty at the No. 5 spot to young arms seeking to establish themselves on other teams, spring training 2013 will be full of intensity and focus on the mound.