The Cleveland Indians have a bevy of prospects and spring training invitees looking to land themselves a roster spot this spring. All in all, the Indians have 16 players who are either looking to graduate from the farm system, or, grab on with the team via a minor-league deal. Josh Outman, who was acquired from the Colorado Rockes, via-trade, will also be competing this year.
Currently, the team looks to have two spots open in the bullpen, one in the starting rotation, and two on the offensive side of the ball.
The bullpen competition—outside of the left-handed spot which will go to either Nick Hagadone or Outman—is a convoluted mess. Any one of five players—including two vying for the final spot in the rotation—could claim the last spot in the Tribe's bullpen, and it's likely to be decided on the final day of spring training.
Offensively, the Indians have one spot open in the outfield—unless they chose to use Mike Aviles as their sometimes-fifth outfielder—and one in the infield. The number of open spots could expand out to three if the team doesn't elect to keep Jason Giambi, but that seems unlikely at this point.
Over the next slides, I'll familiarize you with the 17 players who will battle it out for one of the Indians' five remaining roster spots. So, let's get started.