If you are an avid fan of high-spirited spring training competition, that can sometimes arise from a good position battle, save the sunscreen and perpetually frowned faces by skipping what's left of the Los Angeles Angels' camp in Arizona.
Unfortunately for the "Cinderella Stories" and the good ole' "Johnny Hustles," there is a simple message: a good chunk of the Angels' 25-man roster has been inked on the lineup card for some time now, practically before spring training even began.
Call it heavy spending, call it a dynasty, it is what it is—there isn't a ton of room for the feel-good story snagging an everyday spot.
However, with lagging injuries and the need for role players coming off of the bench or out of the pen, the last spots on the roster are still out there to be earned—maybe one, or two, here and there.
And the organization has less than 15 days to decide which players earn those coveted spots.
But, who will it be?
Who will be taking a trip to Cincinnati on April 1…and who will not? Albert Pujols we know, however, should his injury persist, his backup we do not. (Be careful if you are thinking Mark Trumbo right here.)
So let's take a look at several of the position battles, dust off the crystal ball and feather-tipped turban and toss out a few predictions.
The future says…
(Note: All stats were courtesy of baseball-reference.com unless otherwise noted.)