Final Predictions for Every MLB Team's Opening Day 25-Man Roster

Doug MeadCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2013

Final Predictions for Every MLB Team's Opening Day 25-Man Roster

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    Back in mid-February, I wrote an article in which I projected each MLB team's final 25-man roster for Opening Day.

    With just a week before the start of the 2013 season, it's time to take a look once again.

    Since spring training started, injuries, poor performance and other factors have altered roster decisions. Players who were thought to be roster locks are now looking at stints on the disabled list, trips to the minors or simply an outright release.

    We'll take a look back at the original projections made in mid-February and make a final determination for each MLB team's Opening Day roster.

     

    Note: All spring training statistics courtesy of MLB.com. Numbers for starting pitchers do not indicate starting order.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

    (Developments since then in italics)


    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Ian Kennedy—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Trevor Cahill
    3. RHP Brandon McCarthy
    4. LHP Wade Miley
    5. RHP Patrick Corbin—Replaced by RHP Randall Delgado

     

    Starting Lineup 

    C: Miguel Montero
    1B: Paul Goldschmidt
    2B: Aaron Hill
    3B: Martin Prado
    SS: Cliff Pennington
    LF: Jason Kubel
    CF: Gerardo ParraMoves to right field in place of Ross
    RF: Cody RossReplaced by CF A.J. Pollock until Ross' strained calf heals.

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP J.J. Putz
    Relief: RHP Heath Bell
    Relief: RHP David Hernandez
    Relief: LHP Tony Sipp
    Relief: RHP Brad Ziegler
    Relief: LHP Matt Reynolds
    Relief: RHP Randall Delgado—Replaced by RHP Josh Collmenter

     

    Bench

    C Wil Nieves
    3B Eric Chavez
    OF Eric Hinske
    OF Adam Eaton—Replaced by CF A.J. Pollock
    IF John McDonald—Replaced by IF Willie Bloomquist

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Rotation: Randall Delgado may have overtaken Patrick Corbin in the past couple of weeks for the fifth and final spot in the rotation. Corbin is still in the running, giving up just two runs on three hits on Friday against the Cleveland Indians to drop his spring ERA to 3.66.

    Delgado, however, worked five strong innings on Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up two runs on six hits in five innings. Delgado will get another start over the weekend.

    Lineup: I had originally listed Gerardo Parra as the starting center fielder. However, Adam Eaton was on the verge of winning the job outright when he was felled by a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, meaning he'll be sidelined for at least six weeks.

    In addition, Cody Ross' strained calf has kept him out of action since March 3, meaning that Parra will move to right field for Opening Day, with A.J. Pollock starting in left field. Martin Prado could also see time in the outfield, with Eric Chavez filling in at third.

    Bullpen: It appears that Josh Collmenter may have the upper hand for the last remaining spot in the bullpen instead of Delgado. Collmenter worked three scoreless innings on Friday, limiting the Indians to three hits. His spring ERA sat at 2.57 after that effort.

    Bench: Scratch John McDonald off the list. He was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. Willie Bloomquist has a firm hold on McDonald's spot. Eaton will start the year on the disabled list, creating a roster spot for A.J. Pollock. Pollock could be starting in center field if Ross' strained calf hasn't properly healed in time.

    Wil Nieves and Rod Barajas have had a nice battle for the backup catcher's position, with Nieves hitting .333 as of Saturday and Barajas .290. For now, I give the nod to Nieves.

Atlanta Braves

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Tim Hudson—Opening Day starter
    2. LHP Paul Maholm
    3. RHP Kris Medlen
    4. LHP Mike Minor
    5. RHP Julio Teheran

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Gerald Laird
    1B: Freddie Freeman
    2B: Dan Uggla
    3B: Chris Johnson
    SS: Andrelton Simmons
    LF: Justin Upton
    CF: B.J. Upton
    RF: Jason Heyward

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Craig Kimbrel
    Relief: LHP Jonny Venters
    Relief: LHP Eric O'Flaherty
    Relief: RHP Jordan Walden—Starts season on DL, replaced by RHP Wirfin Obispo
    Relief: LHP Luis Avilan
    Relief: RHP Cory Gearrin
    Relief: RHP Cristhian Martinez

     

    Bench

    C Matt Pagnozzi—Replaced by Evan Gattis
    SS Tyler Pastornicky—Replaced by Ramiro Pena
    3B Juan Francisco
    OF Reed Johnson
    OF Jordan Schafer

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: None 

    Lineup: The battle for third base between Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco is still too close to call. Braves manager Fred Gonzalez indicated on Thursday that he would be open to a platoon.

    “I think both of those guys are playing such great baseball right now,” Gonzalez told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “so it would be unfair to say (to one of them) you’re the starter.”

    Bullpen: Cory Gearrin has been assured of a spot, but Cristhian Martinez is one of four pitchers still vying for the final bullpen slot. Anthony Varvaro, David Carpenter and Wirfin Obispo are the other three candidates. Varvaro and Martinez would have to be passed through waivers, given that they're out of minor league options.

    Martinez has struggled with a 6.48 ERA in six spring outings. Varvaro hsa a 4.50 ERA in 10 appearances. Carpenter is likely out with a 12.96 ERA in seven outings, and Obispo has a spotless ERA in four appearances but has only thrown three innings in his four outings.

    Bullpen Projection: Walden starts the season on the DL, Martinez and Obispo are in.

    Bench: Evan Gattis has earned the backup catching spot with a .391 average, four home runs and 13 RBI entering play on Saturday. He'll get the nod over Matt Pagnozzi. Ramiro Pena could get the nod over Tyler Pastornicky for the other reserve infield spot, giving Pastornicky the chance to get regular at-bats in the minors.

Baltimore Orioles

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Jason Hammel—Opening Day starter
    2. LHP Wei-Yin Chen
    3. RHP Chris Tillman
    4. RHP Miguel Gonzalez
    5. RHP Jair Jurrjens—Replaced by RHP Jake Arrieta

     

    Starting Lineup 

    C: Matt Wieters
    1B: Chris Davis
    2B: Brian Roberts
    3B: Manny Machado
    SS: J.J. Hardy
    LF: Nate McLouth
    CF: Adam Jones
    RF: Nick Markakis
    DH: Wilson Betemit

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Jim Johnson
    Relief: RHP Pedro Strop
    Relief: RHP Darren O’Day
    Relief: LHP Troy Patton
    Relief: RHP Luis Ayala
    Relief: RHP Brian Matusz—Replaced by LHP T.J. McFarland
    Relief: RHP Tommy Hunter

     

    Bench

    C Taylor Teagarden
    3B Danny Valencia— Replaced by 1B/OF Steve Pearce
    2B Alexi Casilla
    OF Nolan Reimold

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: The top four remain in place, but Jair Jurrjens is competing with Steve Johnson, Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton and Brian Matusz for the final spot. Jurrjens tossed five scoreless innings on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing just two hits. After a very shaky spring start, Jurrjens has now thrown eight consecutive scoreless innings.

    Arrieta could have the inside track, however. He threw six crisp innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, allowing six hits and striking out nine. The effort dropped his spring ERA to 1.56.

    At this point it looks like Arrieta.

    Lineup: Nick Markakis was cleared to resume baseball activities on Thursday after sitting out three weeks with a herniated disk in his neck. It's presumed that Markakis will have enough time to get ready for Opening Day. Nolan Reimold returned to left field last week after being limited with shoulder soreness. He will likely platoon with Nate McLouth and get at-bats as a DH as well.

    Bullpen: It could be that T.J. McFarland grabs a spot over Brian Matusz. McFarland has a 3.09 ERA in seven appearances. Hunter could also land one of the final two bullpen slots, especially considering he's out of options and the O's would be loath to lose him on waivers.

    Bench: Danny Valencia has already been sent down to Triple-A Norfolk, which could pave the way for Steve Pearce to grab the remaining bench spot. Pearce is hitting .375 and leads the Orioles with five home runs and 13 RBI.

Boston Red Sox

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. LHP Jon Lester—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Clay Buchholz
    3. RHP Ryan Dempster
    4. LHP Felix Doubront
    5. RHP John Lackey

     

    Starting Lineup 

    C: Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    1B: Mike Napoli
    2B: Dustin Pedroia
    3B: Will Middlebrooks
    SS: Stephen Drew—Will start season on DL, replaced by SS Jose Iglesias
    LF: Jonny Gomes
    CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
    RF: Shane Victorino
    DH: David Ortiz—Will start season on DL, replaced by DH rotation

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Joel Hanrahan
    Relief: RHP Andrew Bailey
    Relief: RHP Koji Uehara
    Relief: LHP Andrew Miller
    Relief: LHP Craig Breslow—Will start season on DL, replaced by RHP Clayton Mortensen
    Relief: RHP Junichi Tazawa
    Relief: RHP Alfredo Aceves

     

    Bench

    C David Ross
    IF Pedro Ciriaco
    1B Lyle Overbay—Replaced by 1B/OF Mike Carp
    OF Daniel Nava

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes, the rotation has essentially been set since the beginning of spring training. Lackey looked strong in his last outing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, allowing just one run on four hits in five innings. He appears to be feeling no ill effects in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

    Lineup: Stephen Drew will start the season on the DL as he continues to recover from concussion symptoms, with Jose Iglesias stepping in.

    David Ortiz also will start the season on the disabled list as he continues to recover from inflammation in his heels. Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated on Saturday that he'll use a rotation of hitters in the DH spot.

    As Farrell told Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe:

    We feel like this will be a rotating thing rather than one person being the regular DH. It serves a couple of benefits. You’re looking for matchups; you’re looking for a day off their feet. I know it’s early in the season, we’ve got off days. The physical side of it might be less of importance. But there will be a number of things factored in when we slot in the DH on a given day.

     

Chicago Cubs

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Matt Garza— Will start season on DL, replaced by LHP Travis Wood
    2. RHP Jeff Samardzija—Opening Day starter
    3. RHP Edwin Jackson
    4. RHP Scott Feldman
    5. RHP Carlos Villanueva

     

    Starting Lineup 

    C: Wellington Castillo
    1B: Anthony Rizzo
    2B: Darwin Barney
    3B: Ian Stewart—Will start season on DL, replaced by 3B Luis Valbuena
    SS: Starlin Castro
    LF: Alfonso Soriano
    CF: David DeJesus
    RF: Nate Schierholtz 

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Carlos Marmol
    Relief: RHP Kyuji Fujikawa
    Relief: RHP Shawn Camp
    Relief: LHP James Russell
    Relief: RHP Michael Bowden
    Relief: LHP Travis Wood—Will start season in rotation, replaced by LHP Hisanori Takahashi
    Relief: RHP Hector Rondon

     

    Bench

    C Dioner Navarro
    3B Luis Valbuena—Will open season as starting third baseman, replaced by C/IF Steve Clevenger
    INF Brent Lillibridge
    OF Scott Hairston
    OF Dave Sappelt

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: Matt Garza is now pain-free after suffering a lat strain, but he is still a week or so away from throwing off a mound. He's likely out for at least the month of April. Wood will step in as the No. 5 starter in his absence. Travis Wood has been solid this spring, with a 3.00 ERA in his first four outings.

    Lineup: The only change with be Luis Valbuena replacing Ian Stewart at third. Stewart has yet to play a Cactus League game and reinjured his quad running the bases in a minor league game in mid-March.  

    Bullpen: With Wood replacing Garza for now in the rotation, Hisanori Takahashi will take the lefty specialist role in the bullpen. Chris Rusin could also be an option, but the Cubs seem focused on keeping Rusin stretched out as a starter. He'll continue working at the Triple-A level.

    Bench: With Stewart hurt, Valbuena will become the Cubs' starting third baseman, with Brent Lillibridge getting looks at third as well. Steve Clevenger has hit .361 this spring and shown the ability to cover first and third base as well as behind the plate.

Chicago White Sox

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. LHP Chris Sale—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Jake Peavy
    3. LHP John Danks— Will start season on DL, replaced by RHP Dylan Axelrod
    4. RHP Gavin Floyd
    5. LHP Jose Quintana

     

    Starting Lineup 

    C: Tyler Flowers
    1B: Paul Konerko
    2B: Gordon Beckham
    3B: Jeff Keppinger
    SS: Alexei Ramirez
    LF: Dayan Viciedo
    CF: Alejandro De Aza
    RF: Alex Rios
    DH: Adam Dunn 

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Addison Reed
    Relief: LHP Matt Thornton
    Relief: RHP Jesse Crain
    Relief: RHP Nate Jones
    Relief: RHP Matt Lindstrom
    Relief: LHP Donnie Veal
    Relief: RHP Dylan Axelrod—Will start season in rotation, replaced by LHP Hector Santiago

     

    Bench

    C Hector Gimenez
    IF Angel Sanchez
    IF Brent Morel—Sent to minors, replaced by IF Conor Gilaspie
    OF DeWayne Wise

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: John Danks' rough spring in his return from arthroscopic surgery last August will have him starting the season on the disabled list. Dylan Axelrod is the likely replacement, although there has yet to be 100 percent confirmation.

    Starting Lineup: No changes.

    Bullpen: Hector Santiago will lock down the final slot in the bullpen. Jesse Crain is scheduled to throw in a minor league game on Saturday and against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. If all goes well, Crain, who's been dealing with a sore adductor in his right hip, will likely be ready in time for Opening Day.

    Bench: Brent Morel has already been sent down to Triple-A Charlotte, meaning that the final infield reserve role is a battle between Angel Sanchez, Steve Tolleson and Josh Bell. The White Sox would have to send Sanchez—a Rule 5 pickup—back to the Los Angeles Angels if he fails to make the 25-man roster.

    As of Saturday, Sanchez was hitting .321, while both Tolleson and Bell are hitting .333. A fierce battle, indeed.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Johnny Cueto—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Mat Latos
    3. RHP Bronson Arroyo
    4. RHP Homer Bailey
    5. LHP Aroldis Chapman— Returns to closer role, replaced by RHP Mike Leake

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Ryan Hanigan
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Brandon Phillips
    3B: Todd Frazier
    SS: Zack Cozart
    LF: Ryan Ludwick
    CF: Shin-Soo Choo
    RF: Jay Bruce

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Jonathan Broxton—Moves to setup man with Chapman closing
    Relief: LHP Sean Marshall
    Relief: RHP Jose Arredondo
    Relief: RHP Logan Ondrusek
    Relief: RHP Alfredo Simon
    Relief: RHP Sam LeCure
    Relief: RHP Mike Leake—Moves to rotation, replaced by RHP J.J. Hoover

     

    Bench

    C Devin Mesoraco
    3B Jack Hannahan
    IF Jason Donald
    OF Chris Heisey
    OF Xavier Paul

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: The Reds flip-flopped once again for the second straight spring. Aroldis Chapman will return to the bullpen as the primary closer. Mike Leake will take his spot in the rotation.

    Lineup: No changes. Shin-Soo Choo has been battling back spasms but was expected back in the lineup on Saturday.

    Bullpen: With J.J. Hoover striking out 14 batters against just one walk in eight innings of work as of Saturday, he has earned a bullpen slot.

    Bench: Jason Donald and Cesar Izturis are in a fierce battle for the final infield reserve spot. Donald was hitting .303 as of Saturday, with Izturis just a tick behind at .302. I still like Donald to fill the role.

Cleveland Indians

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Justin Masterson—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
    3. RHP Brett Myers
    4. RHP Zach McAllister
    5. RHP Trevor Bauer—Optioned to minors, replaced by LHP Scott Kazmir

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Carlos Santana
    1B: Mark Reynolds— Moves to DH
    2B: Jason Kipnis
    3B: Lonnie Chisenhall
    SS: Asdrubal Cabrera
    LF: Michael Brantley
    CF: Michael Bourn
    RF: Nick Swisher—Moves to first base, replaced by OF Drew Stubbs
    DH: Mike Aviles—Replaced by Mark Reynolds

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Chris Perez
    Relief: RHP Vinnie Pestano
    Relief: RHP Joe Smith
    Relief: RHP Matt Albers
    Relief: LHP Nick Hagadone
    Relief: LHP David Huff—Replaced by RHP Bryan Shaw
    Relief: RHP Matt Capps—Will not make Opening Day roster, replaced by LHP Rich Hill

     

    Bench

    C Lou Marson
    1B Jason Giambi
    OF Drew Stubbs—Moves to right-field starting role, replaced by UTIL Mike Aviles
    UTIL Ryan Raburn

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: Prospect Trevor Bauer was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, paving the way for Scott Kazmir to make his return to the majors after a two-year absence. Kazmir is still in a battle with Carlos Carrasco, who gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

    Kazmir will start against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. For now, the edge goes to Kazmir.

    Lineup: Nick Swisher switches to first base, with Drew Stubbs replacing him in right field. Mark Reynolds moves from first to DH. This is a lineup that gives manager Terry Francona plenty of versatility, especially with the versatile Aviles.

    Bullpen: Chris Perez was scheduled to throw in a minor league game on Saturday. It's still unclear if he'll be ready in time for Opening Day. If not, Vinnie Pestano will assume temporary duties as the closer. Rich Hill has been outstanding, giving up just one unearned run in 7.2 innings over eight games. Bryan Shaw has been impressive as well, giving up just one run on six hits and striking out 12 over eight innings.

    If I'm Francona, Shaw and Hill have earned their spots this spring.

    Bench: Mike Aviles becomes the main utility man off the bench. It's a shame the Tribe couldn't make room for Cord Phelps—he has raked this spring, with a .364 average, two home runs, five RBI and four doubles. But with Cleveland carrying 12 or possibly 13 pitchers, there likely isn't a spot available.

Colorado Rockies

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. LHP Jorge De La Rosa
    2. RHP Jhoulys Chacin—Named Opening Day starter
    3. RHP Juan Nicasio
    4. LHP Drew Pomeranz
    5. LHP Jeff Francis—Will start home opener on April 5

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Wilin Rosario
    1B: Todd Helton
    2B: Josh Rutledge
    3B: Chris Nelson
    SS: Troy Tulowitzki
    LF: Carlos Gonzalez
    CF: Dexter Fowler
    RF: Michael Cuddyer

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Rafael Betancourt
    Relief: RHP Wilton Lopez
    Relief: RHP Matt Belisle
    Relief: RHP Adam Ottavino—Replaced by Edgmer Escalona
    Relief: LHP Rex Brothers  
    Relief: LHP Josh Outman
    Relief: RHP Tyler Chatwood—Replaced by RHP Chris Volstad

     

    Bench

    C Ramon Hernandez
    INF Jordan Pacheco
    OF Tyler Colvin
    IF D.J. LeMahieu
    OF Eric Young Jr.

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: Drew Pomeranz's main competition for the final rotation spot appears to be Christian Friedrich, who made his first start of the spring on Friday against the San Francisco Giants. Friedrich gave up four runs on five hits in three innings. Friedrich could simply run out of time in his attempt to land a rotation spot.

    On Sunday, the Denver Post reported that the Rockies were near a deal to sign Jon Garland, who was released by the Seattle Mariners. Garland hasn't pitched since 2011 but posted a solid 2.25 ERA with Seattle this spring. Garland will give the Rockies much-needed depth in a shaky rotation.

    Lineup: Eric Young could get more starts against left-handed pitching, taking over in right field while Michael Cuddyer switches to first to replace Todd Helton. There is also the possibility that Nolan Arenado could still overtake Chris Nelson at third base. As of Saturday, Nelson was hitting just .222, and Arenado was hitting .325, with four home runs and 12 RBI. That decision could be made by the end of the week.

    Bullpen: Chris Volstad has been terrific, posting a 2.00 ERA and no walks in nine innings. He could become the long relief option in place of the struggling Tyler Chatwood. Edgmer Escalona has been just nasty all spring, with nine strikeouts and no walks in seven innings, posting a 1.29 ERA. He's my choice over Ada, Ottavino. In addition, Escalona is out of options, and the Rockies likely don't want to lose him on the waiver wire.

    Bench: Ramon Hernandez is in a battle with former Rockie and good friend Yorvit Torrealba for the backup catching job Regardless of who wins or loses, they'll both find work, if not with the Rockies.

    It's unlikely that Arenado would sit on the bench for the Rockies to start the season if he doesn't win the third base job outright.

Detroit Tigers

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Justin Verlander—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Max Scherzer
    3. RHP Anibal Sanchez
    4. RHP Doug Fister
    5. RHP Rick Porcello

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Alex Avila
    1B: Prince Fielder
    2B: Omar Infante
    3B: Miguel Cabrera
    SS: Jhonny Peralta
    LF: Andy Dirks
    CF: Austin Jackson
    RF: Torii Hunter
    DH: Victor Martinez

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Al Alburquerque—Doesn't make bullpen, replaced by Bruce Rondon
    Relief: RHP Joaquin Benoit
    Relief: RHP Octavio Dotel
    Relief: LHP Phil Coke
    Relief: RHP Brayan Villarreal 
    Relief: LHP Duane Below— Optioned to minors, replaced by Darin Downs
    Relief: LHP Drew Smyly

     

    Bench

    C Brayan Pena
    INF Ramon Santiago
    OF Quintin Berry
    OF Avisail Garcia—Will start in minors, replaced by Matt Tuiasosopo

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: With Rick Porcello's spring performance as of Saturday (3-1, 2.50 ERA, 18 strikeouts, no walks), he has likely solidified the final spot in the rotation, with Smyly in the bullpen.

    Lineup: No changes.

    Bullpen: As of right now, only three bullpen spots have been locked down—Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, Phil Coke—with as many as seven candidates fighting for the last four spots. Al Alburquerque, Brayan Villarreal, Luis Marte, Bruce Rondon, Luke Putkonen, Darin Downs and Kyle Lobstein are all in the mix.

    Rondon could have a bead on the closer's role with his impressive outings of late. Downs has been filthy all spring, giving up just one run on nine hits and striking out 13 over 12.1 innings. I believe Downs and Rondon both lock down spots, along with Brayan Villareal and Drew Smyly as the long relief/spot starter option.

    Bench: Avisail Garcia bruised his heel last week and just came off crutches on Saturday. He'll likely start the season in the minors. Matt Tuiasosopo was hitting .318 as of Saturday, with four home runs and 10 RBI.

Houston Astros

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Bud Norris—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Lucas Harrell
    3. RHP Jordan Lyles—Optioned to minors, replaced by RHP Alex White
    4. RHP Phil Humber
    5. LHP Erik Bedard

     

    Starting Lineup 

    C: Jason Castro
    1B: Brett Wallace
    2B: Jose Altuve
    3B: Matt Dominguez
    SS: Marwin Gonzalez
    LF: Chris Carter
    CF: Justin Maxwell
    RF: J.D. Martinez—Replaced by Rick Ankiel
    DH: Carlos Pena

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Jose Veras
    Relief: LHP Wesley Wright
    Relief: RHP Josh Fields
    Relief: RHP Rhiner Cruz
    Relief: LHP Xavier Cedeno  
    Relief: RHP Sam Demel—Optioned to minors, replaced by RHP Jose Valdez
    Relief: RHP John Ely—Optioned to minors, replaced by RHP Chia-Jen Lo

     

    Bench

    C Carlos Corporan
    SS Tyler Greene—Will not make roster, replaced by SS Ronny Cedeno
    OF Fernando Martinez
    UTIL Jimmy Paredes—Optioned to minors, replaced by Brandon Laird

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: Astros manager Bo Porter has already announced that Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Phil Humber will start the first series of the season against the Texas Rangers. Erik Bedard recently threw four innings in a minor league game, likely locking down the No. 4 spot.

    Alex White also looked sharp in allowing three runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings against the New York Mets on Wednesday. He could have a slight edge over Brad Peacock for the final rotation spot.

    Lineup: The only likely change is Rick Ankiel, whose hot spring has likely landed him the starting job in right field. Ankiel is hitting .395, with three home runs and six RBI through Saturday.

    Bullpen: All in all, maybe none of the Astros' bullpen candidates pitched quite well this spring. Sam Demel and John Ely were both sent to the minors last week, paving the way for Chia-Jen Lo and Jose Valdez to possibly secure two of the remaining bullpen spots. Rule 5 pickup Josh Fields may have also earned a spot with a solid spring as well.

    Bench: With Rule 5 pickup Nate Frieman being selected off waivers by the Oakland A's, it may have cleared the way for Brandon Laird to pick up a bench spot. Laird has hit .319, with five home runs and 12 RBI this spring.

    The battle between Fernando and J.D. Martinez for the fourth outfield spot will be a tough one. Fernando may just barely edge out J.D.

    On Sunday, the Astros acquired Ronny Cedeno, who had been released last week by the St. Louis Cardinals. With the signing, the Astros informed Tyler Greene that he was no longer needed.

Kansas City Royals

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP James Shields—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Jeremy Guthrie
    3. RHP Ervin Santana
    4. RHP Wade Davis
    5. LHP Bruce Chen

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Salvador Perez
    1B: Eric Hosmer
    2B: Chris Getz
    3B: Mike Moustakas
    SS: Alcides Escobar
    LF: Alex Gordon
    CF: Lorenzo Cain
    RF: Jeff Francoeur
    DH: Billy Butler

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Greg Holland
    Relief: RHP Aaron Crow
    Relief: RHP Kelvin Herrera
    Relief: LHP Tim Collins
    Relief: RHP Luis Mendoza  
    Relief: RHP Luke Hochevar
    Relief: LHP Francisley Bueno

     

    Bench

    C George Kottaras
    2B Johnny Giavotella—Optioned to minors, replaced by IF Miguel Tejada
    IF Elliot Johnson
    OF Jarrod Dyson

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes.

    Lineup: No changes.

    Bullpen: No changes, although it's possible that J.C. Gutierrez could beat out Francisley Bueno simply because Gutierrez is out of options. Bueno has outpitched Gutierrez, but options play a huge role in roster decisions.

    Bench: Miguel Tejada has earned a spot, both with his work in the WBC and in Royals camp. He'll beat out Irving Falu for the final roster opening.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Jered Weaver—Opening Day starter
    2. LHP C.J. Wilson
    3. RHP Tommy Hanson
    4. LHP Jason Vargas
    5. RHP Joe Blanton

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Chris Iannetta
    1B: Albert Pujols
    2B: Howie Kendrick
    3B: Alberto Callaspo
    SS: Erick Aybar
    LF: Mike Trout
    CF: Peter Bourjos
    RF: Josh Hamilton
    DH: Mark Trumbo

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Ernesto Frieri
    Relief: LHP Sean Burnett
    Relief: RHP Kevin Jepsen
    Relief: LHP Scott Downs
    Relief: RHP Jerome Williams   
    Relief: LHP Nick Maronde—Replaced by RHP Garrett Richards
    Relief: RHP Bobby Cassevah—Released by Angels, replaced by RHP David Carpenter

     

    Bench

    C Hank Conger
    INF Andrew Romine
    UTIL Bill Hall— Released by Angels, replaced by Luis Jimenez
    OF Vernon Wells—Traded, replaced by OF Kole Calhoun

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes.

    Lineup: No changes.

    Bullpen: With Ryan Madson still recovering from Tommy John surgery and no timetable set for his return, Ernesto Frieri goes back into the closer's role. Both Jerome Williams and Garrett Richards will likely assume middle/long relief and serve as protection for the rotation. David Carpenter has had one bad outing that inflated his 3.86 ERA. He's been unscored upon in nine of his spring outings.

    Bench: With Bill Hall given his release on Friday, Luis Jimenez could be in line to grab the last roster spot. Jimenez has hit .275 and has worked at first base to add versatility. It's his bat that wins him the spot, however.

    The trade of Vernon Wells to the Yankees could open up the fourth outfielder spot to Kole Calhoun. The deal isn't quite official yet, but it could be a big break for Calhoun.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. LHP Clayton Kershaw—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Zack Greinke
    3. RHP Josh Beckett
    4. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
    5. RHP Aaron Harang—Replaced by Chad Billingsley

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: A.J. Ellis
    1B: Adrian Gonzalez
    2B: Mark Ellis
    3B: Luis Cruz— Moves to shortstop, replaced by Juan Uribe, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston Jr.
    SS: Hanley Ramirez—On DL to start season, replaced by Cruz
    LF: Carl Crawford
    CF: Matt Kemp
    RF: Andre Ethier

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Brandon League
    Relief: RHP Kenley Jansen
    Relief: LHP J.P. Howell
    Relief: RHP Javy Guerra—Optioned to minors, replaced by RHP Kevin Gregg
    Relief: RHP Ronald Belisario   
    Relief: RHP Matt Guerrier
    Relief: LHP Chris Capuano— Replaced by Shawn Tolleson

     

    Bench

    C Tim Federowicz 
    INF Nick Punto
    UTIL Skip Schumaker
    3B Juan Uribe
    OF Jerry Hairston Jr.

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: Chad Billingsley's elbow has not been an issue this spring. Although he has recently dealt with a finger issue, it isn't likely to keep him out of the rotation.

    Lineup: With Hanley Ramirez's thumb injury landing him on the DL, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is leaning toward moving Luis Cruz to shortstop and going with the trio of Juan Uribe, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston at third.

    Bullpen: I just don't see the Dodgers carrying extra starters in the bullpen. GM Ned Colletti could look to deal both Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano. Ted Lilly will start the season on the DL, meaning that Shawn Tolleson and Kevin Gregg make the team.

    That's my opinion, for what it's worth.

    Bench: No change. In fact, with Ramirez's injury, one more player can be added to the bunch, and Elian Herrera deserves the spot. He's hit .341 thus far and can play the outfield as well as second and third base.

Miami Marlins

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Ricky Nolasco—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Henderson Alvarez
    3. LHP Wade LeBlanc
    4. RHP Nathan Eovaldi
    5. RHP Jacob Turner— Replaced by RHP Kevin Slowey

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Rob Brantly
    1B: Logan Morrison— Will start season on DL, replaced by Casey Kotchman
    2B: Donovan Solano
    3B: Placido Polanco
    SS: Adeiny Hechavarria
    LF: Juan Pierre
    CF: Justin Ruggiano
    RF: Giancarlo Stanton

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Steve Cishek
    Relief: RHP Jon Rauch
    Relief: LHP Mike Dunn
    Relief: RHP A.J. Ramos
    Relief: RHP Evan Reed— Optioned to minors, replaced by LHP Zach Phillips
    Relief: RHP Chris Hatcher—Replaced by Chad Qualls
    Relief: LHP Daniel Jennings

     

    Bench

    C Jeff Mathis—Will start season on DL, replaced by Kyle Skipworth
    1B Nick Green
    INF Greg Dobbs
    OF Gorkys Hernandez
    UTIL Chone Figgins—Released, replaced by OF Chris Coghlan

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: It would be difficult to see Jacob Turner in the No. 5 role. His spring struggles continued on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up four runs on seven hits in five innings. Kevin Slowey has looked solid, posting a 2.63 ERA in his five spring outings. Turner could very well start the season at Triple-A and get a promotion either through attrition or his efforts.

    Lineup: With Logan Morrison still recovering from knee surgery, Casey Kotchman clearly has the upper hand in landing the starting nod at first base. Kotchman has sizzled all spring, carrying a .457 average after action on Saturday.

    Justin Ruggiano missed three weeks early in camp and is just starting to get untracked, hitting just .118. Chris Coglan and Gorkys Hernandez are his other competitors. But unless Ruggiano completely spits the bit in the final week of spring training, the job is likely his.

    Bullpen: The Marlins' bullpen is still in flux heading into the last week. Chad Qualls stands a great chance at a spot, giving up just one unearned run on four hits in five spring innings. Zach Phillips, signed to a minor league contract over the winter, could well earn a spot as well.

    Bench: Kyle Skipworth is the most likely option to back up Rob Brantly, with Jeff Mathis still on the mend. Chris Coghlan has had an excellent spring after years of disappointment with injuries that have partly derailed his career.

    Wilson Valdez was signed to a minor league contract after being released by the San Francisco Giants last week. He could give Nick Green a run for his money for a reserve infield spot.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Yovani Gallardo—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Marco Estrada
    3. RHP Mike Fiers
    4. LHP Chris Narveson
    5. RHP Wily Peralta

     

    Starting Lineup 

    C: Jonathan Lucroy
    1B: Mat Gamel—Out for season, replaced by IF Alex Gonzalez
    2B: Rickie Weeks
    3B: Aramis Ramirez
    SS: Jean Segura
    LF: Ryan Braun
    CF: Carlos Gomez
    RF: Norichika Aoki

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP John Axford
    Relief: LHP Mike Gonzalez
    Relief: RHP Jim Henderson
    Relief: LHP Tom Gorzelanny
    Relief: RHP Burke Badenhop   
    Relief: RHP Brandon Kintzler—Replaced by RHP Donovan Hand
    Relief: RHP Mark Rogers

     

    Bench

    C Martin Maldonado
    SS Alex Gonzalez—Takes over at first base to start the season
    INF Taylor Green
    OF Logan Schafer
    UTIL Jeff Bianchi
    OF Khris Davis

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes.

    Lineup: The big changes come at first base. With Corey Hart already lost for at least the first month of the season, Mat Gamel was expected to step in after his recovery from a torn ACL that cut short his 2012 season.

    But Gamel tore the same ACL early in spring, putting him out for another year. Now, slick-fielding shortstop Alex Gonzalez will step in until Hart is able to return. Gonzalez may not hit for average, but he still has a bit of power and should suffice at first for the time being.

    Bullpen: Michael Olmsted, Brandon Kintzler, Donovan Hand, Alfredo Figaro and Josh Stinson are all vying for one spot in the bullpen. Hand has the upper hand—so to speak—with a spotless ERA, giving up just seven hits in 11 innings. Mark Rogers is out of options, so it could be assumed that he takes up the last bullpen spot.

    Bench: Jeff Bianchi and Taylor Green are both trying to work their way back from injury. If they're both starting the seaon on the disabled list, there's a good chance that Donnie Murphy and Blake Lalli claim the remaining two bench spots.

    Lalli has hit .317 this spring and has the ability to catch and play first base. Murphy has hit only .220, but he is valued for his versatility. Khris Davis has had a very impressive spring, hitting .319 with six homers and 14 RBI.

Minnesota Twins

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18


    Starting Rotation

    1. LHP Scott Diamond—Will start season on DL, replaced by Mike Pelfrey
    2. RHP Vance Worley
    3. RHP Kevin Correia
    4. RHP Liam Hendriks
    5. RHP Rich Harden— Will start season on DL, replaced by Samuel Deduno

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Joe Mauer
    1B: Justin Morneau
    2B: Jamey Carroll—Replaced by Brian Dozier
    3B: Trevor Plouffe
    SS: Pedro Florimon
    LF: Josh Willingham
    CF: Darin Mastroianni—Replaced by CF Aaron Hicks
    RF: Chris Parmelee
    DH: Ryan Doumit

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: LHP Glen Perkins
    Relief: RHP Jared Burton
    Relief: RHP Casey Fien
    Relief: RHP Josh Roenicke
    Relief: RHP Alex Burnett   
    Relief: LHP Tyler Robertson—Replaced by Ryan Pressly
    Relief: LHP Brian Duensing

     

    Bench

    C Drew Butera 
    INF Brian Dozier—Will start at second, replaced by Jamey Carroll
    INF Eduardo Escobar
    OF Brandon Boggs— Replaced by Darin Mastroianni

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: Scott Diamond will start the season on the disabled list as he continues his recovery from offseason surgery. Mike Pelfrey has looked strong in his return from Tommy John surgery—he'll start the season ahead of schedule.

    Samuel Deduno's WBC performance put him squarely in the mix. However, a groin injury suffered in the WBC could slow him down. If Deduno is unable to go for the start of the season, P.J. Walters could get his shot to shine. Walters has thrown 10 scoreless innings, giving up just four hits. The six walks are a concern. Walters will have to improve his plate command.

    Lineup: Jamey Carroll will move back to a utility role, a role familiar to him and one in which he excels.

    According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Aaron Hicks appears to have won the center field job over Darin Mastroianni. Hicks has hit .304 with four home runs, 15 RBI and three stolen bases. He could be ticketed for the leadoff spot in the Twins' lineup.

    Bullpen: Rule 5 pickup Ryan Pressly may have have secured a spot in the bullpen with a fabulous spring (0.82 ERA in eight appearances). Alex Burnett and Casey Fien both took a step toward a spot as well, with terrific performances on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Bench: With Hicks winning the job in center field, Mastroianni becomes the fourth outfielder. Mastroianni has shined this spring with a .364 average, but Hicks could just be that rare talent that the Twins can build an outfield around.

    Carroll returns to his role as the utility infielder, and manager Ron Gardenhire won't hesitate to insert him whenever needed.

New York Mets

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18


    Starting Rotation

    1. LHP Johan Santana—Will start season on DL, replaced by RHP Jeremy Hefner as fifth starter
    2. RHP Shaun Marcum
    3. RHP Jonathan Niese— Opening Day pitcher
    4. RHP Matt Harvey
    5. RHP Dillon Gee

     

    Starting Lineup 

    C: John Buck
    1B: Ike Davis
    2B: Daniel Murphy
    3B: David Wright
    SS: Ruben Tejada
    LF: Lucas Duda
    CF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis— Will start season on DL/minors, replaced by Jordany Valdespin
    RF: Mike Baxter—Replaced by Colin Cowgill

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Bobby Parnell
    Relief: RHP Brandon Lyon
    Relief: RHP Scott Atchison
    Relief: RHP LaTroy Hawkins
    Relief: LHP Josh Edgin   
    Relief: LHP Pedro Feliciano
    Relief: RHP Jeremy Hefner—Moves to rotation, replaced by RHP Greg Burke

     

    Bench

    C Anthony Recker
    UTIL Justin Turner
    UTIL Jordany Valdespin— Starts in center field, replaced by Mike Baxter
    OF Andrew Brown— Replaced by OF Marlon Byrd
    OF Collin Cowgill— Starts in right field, replaced by SS Omar Quintanilla

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: With Johan Santana nowhere near ready to start the season, Jeremy Hefner will become the Mets' fifth starter. Hefner has been solid with a 3.10 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.

    Lineup: Jordany Valdespin and Collin Cowgill replace Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter in the starting lineup. Nieuwenhuis is just coming back from a bruised knee and is still hitting just .053. He'll either hit the DL or the minors. Baxter is hitting just .162, and he will land a reserve spot simply because the Mets have no better options right now.

    Bullpen: Greg Burke could have the lead in the final bullpen slot race, posting a 3.48 ERA in nine appearances with 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

    Bench: Baxter moves back to the bench and non-roster invitee Marlon Byrd solidifies a role as well, hitting .310 with four RBI this spring. Omar Quintanilla's versatility in the middle infielder secures his role.

New York Yankees

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. LHP CC Sabathia—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Hiroki Kuroda
    3. LHP Andy Pettitte
    4. RHP Phil Hughes
    5. RHP Ivan Nova

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Francisco Cervelli
    1B: Mark Teixeira—Will start season on DL, replaced by 1B/OF Juan Rivera
    2B: Robinson Cano
    3B: Kevin Youkilis
    SS: Derek Jeter—Expected to start season on DL, replaced by Eduardo Nunez
    LF: Brett Gardner—Moves to center field in place of Granderson, replaced by Vernon Wells
    CF: Curtis Granderson— Will start season on DL, replaced by Gardner
    RF: Ichiro Suzuki 
    DH: Travis Hafner

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Mariano Rivera
    Relief: RHP David Robertson
    Relief: LHP Boone Logan
    Relief: RHP Joba Chamberlain
    Relief: LHP Clay Rapada— Will start season on DL, replaced by RHP Jim Miller 
    Relief: RHP David Aardsma
    Relief: RHP David Phelps—Moves to rotation, replaced by LHP Vidal Nuno

     

    Bench

    C Chris Stewart 
    UTIL Juan Rivera—Moves to first base, replaced by OF Ben Francisco
    IF Eduardo Nunez—Moves to starting shortstop, replaced by OF Brennan Boesch
    OF Matt Diaz—Released, replaced by IF Jayson Nix

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: David Phelps will step in as the No. 5 starter until Phil Hughes can work out his back issues. A bulging disk could land Hughes on the DL to start the season.

    Lineup:The trade on Sunday that brought Vernon Wells to the Yankees is still pending MLB approval. If the commissioner's office approves the deal on Monday, it's assumed that Wells would take over in left field with Suzuki staying in right.

    It's also been reported that Derek Jeter could begin the season on the disabled list as his left ankle is still bothering him.

    Juan Rivera will help in covering first base for the injured Mark Teixeira, and GM Brian Cashman could explore external candidates as more roster cuts are made in the next week.

    Brett Gardner moves over to center in place of Curtis Granderson while Ichiro Suzuki moves to left field. For now, it appears that Brennan Boesch is the answer in right field.

    Bullpen: Vidal Nuno pitched in an independent league last season, but he has been outstanding for the Yankees this spring, posting an 0.68 ERA in five outings, striking out 13 batters in 13.1 innings.

    Jim Miller takes over for Clay Rapada, who starts the season on the DL. Miller has been impressive as well,  with a 1.93 ERA in eight spring appearances.

    Bench: Ben Francisco appears to be the choice for fourth outfielder, hitting .300 with two home runs and six RBI. Diaz was released last week.

    Jayson Nix takes the final infield slot, and Eduardo Nunez could be the starting shortstop if Jeter's ankle fails to heal properly in time for Opening Day.

    Boesch could land the final spot on the roster if Jeter ends up on the disabled list as well.

Oakland Athletics

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. LHP Brett Anderson
    2. RHP Jarrod Parker
    3. LHP Tommy Milone
    4. RHP A.J. Griffin
    5. RHP Bartolo ColonSuspended, replaced by RHP Dan Straily

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: John Jaso
    1B: Brandon Moss
    2B: Scott SizemoreReplaced by 2B Eric Sogard
    3B: Jed Lowrie—Replaced by 3B Josh Donaldson
    SS: Hiroyuki Nakajima— Replaced by IF Jed Lowrie
    LF: Yoenis Cespedes
    CF: Coco Crisp
    RF: Josh Reddick
    DH: Seth Smith

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Ryan Cook—Replaced by Grant Balfour, Cook moves to setup role
    Relief: LHP Sean Doolittle
    Relief: LHP Jerry Blevins
    Relief: RHP Pat Neshek
    Relief: LHP Jordan Norberto  
    Relief: RHP Fernando Rodriguez—Replaced by RHP Chris Resop
    Relief: RHP Dan Straily—Moves to rotation for now

     

    Bench

    C Derek Norris 
    3B Josh Donaldson—Will start at third, replaced by IF Adam Rosales
    1B Daric Barton—Replaced by IF Andy Parrino
    OF Chris Young

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: Dan Straily takes over temporarily for Bartolo Colon while he serves the remaining five games of his suspension.

    Lineup: Eric Sogard may have played himself into the Opening Day lineup, hitting a sizzling .538 as of Sunday morning. Josh Donaldson has heated up after a rough start. He's hitting .233 with two home runs and eight RBI.

    Jed Lowrie is hitting .308 to Hiroyuki Nakajima's .162. Manager Bob Melvin would likely prefer Lowrie's potent bat in the lineup as much as possible.

    Bullpen: Grant Balfour is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He's on track for Opening Day, pushing Ryan Cook back to the setup role. Travis Blackley's ugly 14.34 ERA has him on the outside looking in. Pedro Figueroa could snatch up the last spot.

    Hideki Okajima hasn't exactly shined, posting a 5.87 ERA in seven outings. Chris Resop and his spotless ERA through seven outings may have secured himself a spot as well.

    Bench: Derek Norris will platoon with John Jaso. Norris hit .375 with four home runs and eight RBI through Saturday. The A's could be better served right now with Hiroyuki Nakajima and Scott Sizemore moving to Triple-A to hone their swings, giving Adam Rosales the open utility infield slot.

    Daric Barton simply hasn't done enough to warrant a roster spot, but Andy Parrino has hit .387 with one home run and nine RBI through Saturday. Parrino's versatility is a plus over Barton, who can only play first, as well.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Roy Halladay
    2. LHP Cliff Lee
    3. LHP Cole Hamels—Opening Day starter
    4. RHP Kyle Kendrick
    5. LHP John Lannan

     

    Starting Lineup 

    C: Erik Kratz
    1B: Ryan Howard
    2B: Chase Utley
    3B: Michael Young
    SS: Jimmy Rollins
    LF: Darin Ruf—Sent to minors, replaced by OF Laynce Nix
    CF: Ben Revere
    RF: Domonic Brown

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Jonathan Papelbon
    Relief: RHP Mike Adams
    Relief: LHP Antonio Bastardo
    Relief: RHP Mike Stutes—Replaced by Phillipe Aumont
    Relief: RHP Chad Durbin   
    Relief: LHP Jeremy Horst
    Relief: LHP Raul Valdes

     

    Bench

    C Humberto Quintero
    OF Laynce Nix—Platoons in left field with Mayberry
    INF Kevin Frandsen
    INF Freddy Galvis
    OF John Mayberry
    OF Ender Inciarte

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes.

    Lineup: Darin Ruf slugged a walk-off home run and his reward was demotion to Triple-A. Ruf was sent to Lehigh Valley on Saturday, presumably to work on his defense in left field. Laynce Nix and John Mayberry will likely share time for now in left field. Domonic Brown will stay in right field until Delmon Young returns to the lineup.

    Bullpen: Phillipe Aumont has simply outpitched Mike Stutes this spring. Aumont has a 3.38 ERA in five outings, while Stutes has struggled with a 9.35 ERA and seven walks in 8.2 innings.

    Bench: Ender Inciarte has been impressive all spring. With Michael Young likely out for a few weeks, it gives Incarte a roster spot for now. Whether he can keep it remains to be seen, but he deserves the promotion.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP A.J. Burnett—Opening Day starter
    2. LHP Wandy Rodriguez
    3. RHP James McDonald
    4. RHP Jeff Karstens—Will start season on DL, replaced by LHP Jeff Locke
    5. RHP Kyle McPherson—Replaced by LHP Jonathan Sanchez

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Russell Martin
    1B: Garrett Jones
    2B: Neil Walker
    3B: Pedro Alvarez
    SS: Clint Barnes
    LF: Starling Marte
    CF: Andrew McCutchen
    RF: Travis Snider

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Jason Grilli
    Relief: RHP Mark Melancon
    Relief: LHP Tony Watson
    Relief: RHP Jared Hughes
    Relief: LHP Justin Wilson   
    Relief: RHP Chris Leroux
    Relief: LHP Jeff Locke—In rotation, replaced by RHP Ryan Reid

     

    Bench

    C Michael McKenry 
    1B Gaby Sanchez
    3B Brandon Inge
    OF Jose Tabata
    UTIL Josh Harrison—Replaced by IF John McDonald

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: Jeff Karstens was scratched from a start on Sunday with shoulder discomfort and will now likely start the season on the disabled list. He'll be replaced by Jeff Locke, who has posted a 3.38 ERA in six outings.

    Jonathan Sanchez will get a look as the fifth starter, but the nine walks in his 13.1 innings are a concern. That's nothing new. Plate command has always been an issue for Sanchez. Kyle McPherson's 8.31 ERA hasn't done him any favors this spring.

    Lineup: No changes, although Garrett Jones could platoon in right field with Travis Snider, giving Gaby Sanchez opportunities at first.

    Bullpen: Ryan Reid has been outstanding this spring with seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six. Considering that no one else has stepped up, Reid deserves a shot.

    Bench: With the Pirates acquiring John McDonald last week from the Arizona Diamondbacks, it likely means that either Josh Harrison or Brandon Inge will not make the Opening Day roster. I'm leaning toward Harrison being the victim.

San Diego Padres

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Edinson Volquez
    2. LHP Clayton Richard
    3. RHP Jason Marquis
    4. LHP Eric Stults
    5. RHP Freddy Garcia—Released, replaced by RHP Tyson Ross

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Nick Hundley
    1B: Yonder Alonso
    2B: Logan Forsythe—Replaced by 2B Jedd Gyorko
    3B: Chase Headley—Will start season on DL, replaced by Forsythe
    SS: Everth Cabrera
    LF: Carlos Quentin
    CF: Cameron Maybin
    RF: Will Venable

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Huston Street
    Relief: RHP Luke Gregerson
    Relief: RHP Brad Brach
    Relief: RHP Dale Thayer
    Relief: LHP Joe Thatcher   
    Relief: RHP Brad Boxberger—Sent to minors, replaced by ?
    Relief: RHP Anthony Bass

     

    Bench

    C John Baker 
    IF Alexi Amarista
    UTIL Jesus Guzman
    OF Chris Denorfia
    OF Mark Kotsay

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: With Andrew Cashner working to build up stamina and Tim Stauffer still working his way back from elbow surgery, Tyson Ross could land the final rotation spot. He's pitched 11.1 consecutive scoreless innings and carries a 2.57 spring ERA.

    Lineup: Carlos Quentin has tested his knee in four minor league games within the last eight days. Despite not appearing in a Cactus League game, he could still be a go for Opening Day.

    Chase Headley's injury means that Logan Forsythe gets the nod at third, if the plantar fasciitis in his right foot doesn't continue to flare up before Opening Day. If it does, Alexi Amarista could find himself at third to open the season.

    Jedd Gyorko, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, has all but nailed down the starting second base job.

    Will Venable will likely continue to platoon with Chris Denorfia in right field.

    Bullpen: Brad Boxberger was sent to the minors last week, and manager Bud Black will have a decision to make regarding the last bullpen opening.

    Bench: No changes.

San Francisco Giants

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18


    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Matt Cain—Opening Day Starter
    2. LHP Madison Bumgarner
    3. RHP Ryan Vogelsong
    4. RHP Tim Lincecum
    5. LHP Barry Zito

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Buster Posey
    1B: Brandon Belt
    2B: Marco Scutaro
    3B: Pablo Sandoval
    SS: Brandon Crawford
    LF: Gregor Blanco
    CF: Angel Pagan
    RF: Hunter Pence

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Sergio Romo
    Relief: LHP Jeremy Affeldt
    Relief: RHP Santiago Casilla
    Relief: LHP Javier Lopez
    Relief: LHP Jose Mijares   
    Relief: RHP George Kontos
    Relief: RHP Ramon Ramirez—Released, replaced by Chad Gaudin

     

    Bench

    C Hector Sanchez
    SS Joaquin Arias
    1B Brett Pill—Will start season on DL, replaced by IF Nick Noonan
    OF Andres Torres
    UTIL Conor Gillaspie—Traded, replaced by OF Cole Gillespie

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes. However, Tim Lincecum has continued to struggle this spring, giving up five runs in three-plus innings to Oakland on Saturday. His spring ERA now sits at 10.97, with one exhibition start remaining.

    Rotation depth is an issue. Yusmeiro Petit has looked awful with a 9.35 ERA, Eric Surkamp is still recovering from Tommy John surgery and Chris Heston has delivered a 9.28 ERA and surrendered four home runs in Cactus League play.

    Chad Gaudin could make the team in a long-relief role and can provide spot starts when needed.

    Lineup: Pablo Sandoval's right elbow could land him on the disabled list. He was shut down from throwing on Saturday after soreness in his elbow persisted. If he needs a DL stint, manager Bruce Bochy will likely insert Joaquin Arias at third.

    Bullpen: Ramon Ramirez, hoping for a second chance with the Giants, was released last week. Gaudin seems a lock to win the final spot.

    Bench: Brett Pill had surgery three weeks ago to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, keeping him out for at least the first two weeks of the season. With Tony Abreu still recovering from an injured knee, Nick Noonan will likely get the remaining utility infield spot. Cole Gillespie has been solid, hitting .271 with two home runs and eight RBI.

Seattle Mariners

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18


    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Felix Hernandez—Opening Day starter
    2. LHP Joe Saunders
    3. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma
    4. RHP Blake Beavan—Replaced by Brandon Maurer
    5. RHP Erasmo Ramirez

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Jesus Montero
    1B: Justin Smoak
    2B: Dustin Ackley
    3B: Kyle Seager
    SS: Brendan Ryan
    LF: Michael Morse
    CF: Franklin Gutierrez
    RF: Michael Saunders
    DH: Kendrys Morales

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
    Relief: LHP Charlie Furbush
    Relief: LHP Oliver Perez
    Relief: LHP Lucas Luetge
    Relief: RHP Stephen Pryor   
    Relief: RHP Josh Kinney—Will start season on DL, replaced by RHP Kameron Loe
    Relief: RHP Carter Capps

     

    Bench

    C Kelly Shoppach
    2B Robert Andino
    OF Jason Bay
    OF Raul Ibanez

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: It might be a stretch to consider Brandon Mauer a starter, considering he's never pitched past the Double-A level. But the numbers this spring (1.20 ERA, 15 strikeouts in 15 innings) suggest he's ready to make the jump. Blake Beavan has looked very pedestrian with a 6.52 ERA.

    Lineup: No changes.

    Bullpen: With Josh Kinney's bizarre rib injury to his left side shutting him down, Kameron Loe has earned a bullpen spot. Loe has posted a solid 2.25 ERA in seven outings with 12 strikeouts in eight innings.

    Bench: No changes.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18


    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Adam Wainwright—Opening Day starter
    2. LHP Jaime Garcia
    3. RHP Lance Lynn
    4. RHP Jake Westbrook
    5. RHP Shelby Miller

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Yadier Molina
    1B: Allen Craig
    2B: Daniel Descalso—Replaced by Matt Carpenter
    3B: David Freese
    SS: Rafael Furcal—Out for season, replaced by Pete Kozma
    LF: Matt Holliday
    CF: Jon Jay
    RF: Carlos Beltran

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Jason Motte—Will start season on DL, replaced by Mitchell Boggs
    Relief: RHP Mitchell Boggs
    Relief: LHP Marc Rzepczynski
    Relief: LHP Randy Choate
    Relief: RHP Edward Mujica  
    Relief: RHP Fernando Salas
    Relief: RHP Trevor Rosenthal
    Relief: RHP Joe Kelly

     

    Bench

    C Tony Cruz
    INF Ronny Cedeno—Released, replaced by 1B Matt Adams
    INF Matt Carpenter—Replaced by INF Daniel Descalso
    OF Ty Wigginton
    OF Shane Robinson

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes.

    Lineup: Pete Kozma will get a chance to show his stuff full time with Furcal going under the knife for Tommy John surgery. Matt Carpenter takes over at second as he's proven he can handle the position defensively.

    Bullpen: With Jason Motte shelved for a short period of time with a mild right elbow strain, Mitchell Boggs will move into his role. Joe Kelly, who has valiantly battled Shelby Miller for the fifth and final rotation spot, could be the final piece in the bullpen with a long/middle relief role.

    Bench: Carpenter and Daniel Descalso simply flip-flop. Delscalso will likely see time at both middle-infield positions.

    Releasing Cedeno opened up a spot for Matt Adams, who will provide protection for Allen Craig at first. Adams also gives manager Mike Matheny a power-hitting left-handed hitter off the bench.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. LHP David Price—Opening Day starter
    2. RHP Jeremy Hellickson
    3. LHP Matt Moore
    4. RHP Jeff Niemann
    5. RHP Alex Cobb

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Jose Molina
    1B: James Loney
    2B: Kelly Johnson
    3B: Evan Longoria
    SS: Yunel Escobar
    LF: Matt Joyce
    CF: Desmond Jennings
    RF: Ben Zobrist
    DH: Luke Scott

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Fernando Rodney
    Relief: RHP Joel Peralta
    Relief: LHP Jake McGee
    Relief: LHP Cesar Ramos
    Relief: RHP Roberto Hernandez   
    Relief: RHP Kyle Farnsworth
    Relief: RHP Brandon Gomes

     

    Bench

    C Jose Lobaton
    INF Sean Rodriguez
    UTIL Ryan Roberts
    OF Shelley Duncan

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes. Jeff Niemann has not been named the fifth starter yet, but whoever loses  between Niemann and Roberto Hernandez will end up in the bullpen.

    Lineup: No changes.

    Bullpen: No changes.

    Bench: No changes.

Texas Rangers

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Yu Darvish
    2. LHP Matt Harrison—Opening Day starter
    3. LHP Derek Holland
    4. RHP Alexi Ogando
    5. LHP Martin Perez—Will start season on DL, replaced by RHP Nick Tepesch

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: A.J. Pierzynski
    1B: Mitch Moreland
    2B: Ian Kinsler
    3B: Adrian Beltre
    SS: Elvis Andrus
    LF: David Murphy
    CF: Leonys Martin
    RF: Nelson Cruz
    DH: Lance Berkman

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Joe Nathan
    Relief: RHP Jason Frasor
    Relief: LHP Robbie Ross
    Relief: RHP Josh Lindblom
    Relief: RHP Tanner Scheppers—Replaced by LHP Joe Ortiz 
    Relief: LHP Michael Kirkman
    Relief: RHP Wilmer Font—Replaced by LHP Nate Robertson

     

    Bench

    C Geovany Soto
    INF Jeff Baker
    OF Craig Gentry
    OF Leury Garcia

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: With Martin Perez out with a broken forearm, the Rangers will turn to Nick Tepesch—for now. The Rangers also have Derek Lowe quickly ramping up, already throwing 60 pitches an outing. He may be ready by the time the Rangers need a fifth starter.

    Lineup: No changes.

    Bullpen: Nate Robertson is working diligently to win a bullpen slot, posting a spotless ERA and allowing just three hits in 10 innings. Here's guessing his work pays off.

    Joe Ortiz has been outstanding as well, giving up just one run on six hits in 10 innings with 10 strikeouts.

    Bench: No changes.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18

     

    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP R.A. Dickey
    2. RHP Brandon Morrow
    3. LHP Mark Buehrle
    4. RHP Josh Johnson
    5. LHP Ricky Romero

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: J.P. Arencibia
    1B: Edwin Encarnacion
    2B: Emilio Bonifacio
    3B: Brett Lawrie
    SS: Jose Reyes
    LF: Melky Cabrera
    CF: Colby Rasmus
    RF: Jose Bautista
    DH: Adam Lind

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Casey Janssen
    Relief: RHP Steve Delabar
    Relief: RHP Sergio Santos
    Relief: LHP Darren Oliver
    Relief: RHP Esmil Rogers   
    Relief: RHP Jeremy Jeffress
    Relief: LHP J.A. Happ—Replaced by Aaron Loup

     

    Bench

    C Josh Thole
    INF Maicer Izturis
    UTIL Mark DeRosa
    OF Rajai Davis

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes.

    Lineup: No changes, although manager John Gibbons will not hesitate to use Maicer Izturis in a platoon with Emilio Bonifacio at second.

    Bullpen: Casey Janssen is still not a given to be ready by Opening Day, but he will be the closer nonetheless. Aaron Loup has earned the role as the second lefty specialist, and if J.A. Happ doesn't beat Ricky Romero outright for the fifth and final rotation spot, he could end in the minors as protection for the rotation, and specifically for Romero.

    Bench: No changes.

Washington Nationals

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    Roster Projected on Feb. 18


    Starting Rotation

    1. RHP Stephen Strasburg—Opening Day starter
    2. LHP Gio Gonzalez
    3. RHP Jordan Zimmermann
    4. RHP Dan Haren
    5. LHP Ross Detwiler

     

    Starting Lineup

    C: Wilson Ramos
    1B: Adam LaRoche
    2B: Danny Espinosa
    3B: Ryan Zimmerman
    SS: Ian Desmond
    LF: Bryce Harper
    CF: Denard Span
    RF: Jayson Werth

     

    Bullpen

    Closer: RHP Rafael Soriano
    Relief: RHP Drew Storen
    Relief: RHP Tyler Clippard
    Relief: RHP Ryan Mattheus
    Relief: RHP Henry Rodriguez   
    Relief: LHP Zach Duke
    Relief: RHP Craig Stammen

     

    Bench

    C Kurt Suzuki
    INF Tyler Moore
    INF Chad Tracy
    OF Roger Bernadina
    UTIL Steve Lombardozzi

     

    Changes to 25-Man Roster

    Starting Rotation: No changes.

    Lineup: No changes.

    Bullpen: No changes. The Nationals did sign J.C. Romero, who will start the season in the minors and be available should the Nats require his services. Bill Bray is still working out mechanical issuesl, and he can be kept in the minors as well. Bray has an opt-out clause that doesn't kick in until June.

    Bench: Kurt Suzuki will likely share time behind the plate with Wilson Ramos while he continues to recover from knee surgery that cut short his 2012 season.