San Francisco Giants: 4 Most Intriguing Position Battles

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San Francisco Giants: 4 Most Intriguing Position Battles
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Bruce Bochy is back for his seventh season leading the Giants.

The San Francisco Giants are fresh off their second World Series championship in three seasons. GM Brian Sabean was able to retain all of their top position players and 11 of their 12 pitchers from 2012.

This should have been a fairly relaxed spring for Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. However, due to the World Baseball Classic, that will be far from reality.

Ten Giants players will be participating in the WBC and the concern is whether these players will get in the work necessary to start the season in proper condition and ready to go.

Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti are most concerned with six pitchers, Vogelsong, Romo, Casilla, Affeldt, Lopez and Mijares, all of whom are playing in the WBC. After a long winter break, these pitchers will be gearing it up much more quickly than they would under normal spring training circumstances.

Injuries and fatigue can play a major role in any season, and it bears watching whether any of these six will have trouble this year.

The absence of the 10 players from many of the Giants' normal spring training games means other players will get more of a chance to display their abilities against major league competition. 

With the core of the team returning, there are not many roster spots with open competition is prevalent. Barring injury, the Giants have four intriguing battles that will determine who makes the team and what their role will be. Let's take a closer look at these four roster spots.

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