Spring training doesn’t just decide the winners and losers of the exhibition games; it decides the position battles as well.
This spring, there are several intriguing position battles that include rookies, veterans and everyone in between. Whether it’s a spot in the starting rotation or the starting left fielder role, there are several voids up for grabs, and the winners will be determined in the next few weeks.
As there always is in a battle, each situation has a favorite and an underdog. In some instances, the candidates are quite similar; in others, there’s already a clear winner unless something happens to him.
Here’s a look at the best position battles this spring with a prediction of who comes out on top by the time Opening Day rolls around.