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Predicting Final 25-Man Rosters for All 30 MLB Teams

Karl BuscheckContributor IIIFebruary 3, 2014

Predicting Final 25-Man Rosters for All 30 MLB Teams

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    In the process of predicting the final 25-man rosters for all 30 MLB teams, there are three observations that become immediately apparent.

    First, nearly every team in baseball has yet to decide who will hold down the No. 5 spot in the club's rotation. Second, in all 30 MLB spring training camps, there will be fierce competitions for the final spots in the bullpen and the last seats on the bench. And finally, for a few teams, there's still a ton of work to be done, despite the fact that spring training is rapidly approaching. 

    With those considerations in mind, here are the predictions for the final 25-man rosters for all 30 MLB teams.

Sources

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    The statistics and information that informed this analysis came from a number of sources. So I'd be remiss if I didn't give a few shoutouts. 

    Baseball-Reference.com and MLB.com were the go-to sites for stats. MLB.com was also a highly useful source for 40-man rosters, depth charts and lists of non-roster invitees. Finally, MLBDepthCharts.com was a major help in compiling the following 25-man roster predictions for all 30 MLB teams.

San Francisco Giants

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson, Ryan Vogelsong

    Relievers: Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Yusmeiro Petit, Heath Hembree, Jean Machi

    Barring a disastrous spring from Vogelsong, the San Francisco Giants' starting rotation is locked in heading into camp. The bullpen, however, has a few more question marks. George Kontos, Jake Dunning and Mike Kickham will also challenge for relief roles.

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Buster Posey, Hector Sanchez

    Infielders: Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, Joaquin Arias, Tony Abreu

    Outfielders: Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco, Michael Morse, Hunter Pence, Roger Kieschnick

    Clearly, there are some spots up for grabs on the Giants bench. Juan Perez could easily claim a job instead of Kieschnick. The signing of an additional backup infielder would also be a valuable addition. 

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren, Josh Beckett

    Relievers: Kenley Jansen, Paco Rodriguez, Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell, Chris Perez, Jamey Wright, Chris Withrow

    There are simply not enough spots in the Los Angeles Dodgers' talented bullpen. For now, Brandon League, Onelki Garcia and Javy Guerra remain on the outside looking in. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz

    Infielders: Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Alex Guerrero, Juan Uribe, Dee Gordon, Chone Figgins

    Outfielders: Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Scott Van Slyke

    Non-roster invitee Chone Figgins should have the inside track over Justin Sellers to claim a utility role off the Dodgers bench. There's also the possibility that one more bench spot could open up, as Kemp's status for Opening Day remains up in the air, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times

     

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Patrick Corbin, Brandon McCarthy, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley, Archie Bradley

    Relievers: Addison Reed, Brad Ziegler, J.J. Putz, Will Harris, Joe Thatcher, David Hernandez, Eury De La Rosa

    It's a bit of a reach to include Bradley in the rotation over Randall Delgado. However, as Steve Gilbert of MLB.com explains, the top prospect has a "good shot" of breaking camp with the Diamondbacks.

    As for the bullpen, Josh Collmenter will also be in the conversation to claim a role out of the bullpen. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Miguel Montero, Henry Blanco

    Infielders: Paul Goldschmidt, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hill, Martin Prado, Cliff Pennington, Eric Chavez

    Outfielders: Mark Trumbo, Gerardo Parra, Cody Ross, A.J. Pollock, Tony Campana

    Tuffy Gosewisch should battle with Blanco to claim the Diamondbacks' backup catcher job. Meanwhile, 2013 Pacific Coast League MVP Chris Owings misses the cut as he's blocked by Gregorius and Hill. 

San Diego Padres

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Ian Kennedy, Josh Johnson, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Eric Stults

    Relievers: Huston Street, Joaquin Benoit, Dale Thayer, Tim Stauffer, Alex Torres, Nick Vincent, Cory Luebke

    While working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Luebke could end up pitching out of the bullpen, as general manager Josh Towers explained to Corey Brock of MLB.com.

    Non-roster invitee Tony Sipp and Rule 5 draft pick Patrick Schuster are two other left-handers who could challenge Luebke for the final spot in the bullpen. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Nick Hundley, Rene Rivera

    Infielders: Chase Headley, Jedd Gyorko, Everth Cabrera, Yonder Alonso, Alexi Amarista, Kyle Blanks

    Outfielders: Seth Smith, Carlos Quentin, Will Venable, Chris Denorfia, Cameron Maybin 

    Rivera gets the nod over Yasmani Grandal as the Padres' backup catcher. There's also an outside chance that Xavier Nady could work his way onto the roster. Nady, who previously spent parts of four seasons with San Diego, landed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to Joey Nowak of MLB.com.

Colorado Rockies

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin, Brett Anderson, Tyler Chatwood, Franklin Morales

    Relievers: LaTroy Hawkins, Boone Logan, Rex Brothers, Matt Belisle, Adam Ottavino, Wilton Lopez, Manuel Corpas.

    Morales' top two competitors for the No. 5 spot in the Colorado Rockies rotation will be Juan Nicasio and Jordan Lyles. If Morales ends up losing out, he could slide into the bullpen.

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Wilin Rosario, Jordan Pacheco

    Infielders: Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Morneau, DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado, Josh Rutledge, Ryan Wheeler

    Outfielders: Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, Corey Dickerson, Brandon Barnes, Drew Stubbs

    There are definitely jobs to be won on the Rockies bench this spring. Charlie Culberson will compete with Rutledge for a spot as a backup infielder, while Charlie Blackmon will be in the running with Barnes for a role as a reserve outfielder. 

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn

    Relievers: Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez, Kevin Siegrist, Joe Kelly, Seth Maness, Randy Choate, Sam Freeman

    The St. Louis Cardinals have an absurd number of options when it comes to the starting rotation. While it's nearly impossible to separate all the candidates, Garcia gets the call over Martinez and Kelly so that the rotation will include a left-hander. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Yadier Molina, Tony Cruz

    Infielders: Jhonny Peralta, Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams, Mark Ellis, Daniel Descalso

    Outfielders: Peter Bourjos, Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, John Jay, Shane Robinson

    The most notable omission here is Oscar Taveras. MLB.com's No. 3 overall prospect in the minor leagues will certainly make his debut at some point in 2014. However, with so many other viable options in the outfield, the Cardinals have no need to rush the top prospect. 

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton, Wandy Rodriguez, Edinson Volquez

    Relievers: Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Vin Mazzaro, Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, Stolmy Pimentel

    Even without A.J. Burnett, the Pittsburgh Pirates still have an array of options for the team's starting staff. Left out of the projected rotation is 2013 All-Star Jeff Locke, who heads off to Triple-A to continue working as a starter in case he's needed by the big league club. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Russell Martin, Chris Stewart

    Infielders: Jordy Mercer, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, Gaby Sanchez, Clint Barmes, Andrew Lambo

    Outfielders: Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Josh Harrison, Travis Snider

    As far as non-roster players go, infielder Robert Andino has the best chance of cracking the squad. However, the presence of Barmes renders him redundant. 

Cincinnati Reds

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, Tony Cingrani, Mat Latos, Mike Leake

    Relievers: Aroldis Chapman, J.J. Hover, Sean Marshall, Sam LeCure, Manny Parra, Logan Ondrusek, Alfredo Simon

    The Cincinnati Reds will have a couple of experienced big league starters in camp in Jeff Francis and Chien-Ming Wang. Neither pitcher is expected to make the rotation out of spring training, but either one could become a viable option should the Reds' rotation need reinforcements. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Devin Mesoraco, Brayan Pena

    Infielders: Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart, Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, Skip Schumaker, Ramon Santiago, Jack Hannahan

    Outfielders: Billy Hamilton, Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, Chris Heisey

    The Reds also have a selection of non-roster position players who boast MLB experience. Catcher Corky Miller, infielder Chris Nelson and outfielder Roger Bernadina have the best odds of earning bench roles on the Opening Day roster. 

Chicago Cubs

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel

    Relievers: Jose Veras, Pedro Strop, Wesley Wright, James Russell, Blake Parker, Justin Grimm, Carlos Villanueva

    The newly signed Hammel gets the edge for the final spot in the rotation, but Grimm and Chris Rusin will also push to land that final opening in the rotation.

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Welington Castillo, George Kottaras

    Infielders: Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Luis Valbuena, Darwin Barney, Ryan Roberts, Donnie Murphy, Mike Olt

    Outfielders: Nate Schierholtz, Junior Lake, Ryan Sweeney, Justin Ruggiano 

    While Opening Day will come too soon for the promising Kris Bryant and Javier Baez, both could quickly work their way into an unsettled infield in Chicago. 

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta

    Relievers: Jim Henderson, Brandon Kintzler, Rob Wooten, Tom Gorzelanny, Will Smith, Alfredo Figaro, Donovan Hand

    The Milwaukee Brewers have made a number of key additions to the pitching staff this offseason. The addition of Garza substantially strengthens the rotation, while Smith provides the club with a left-handed reliever capable of posting big-time strikeout numbers.

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldonado 

    Infielders: Jean Segura, Scooter Gennett, Aramis Ramirez, Mark Reynolds, Rickie Weeks, Jeff Bianchi, Juan Francisco

    Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Khris Davis, Caleb Gindl

    The Brewers picked up a pair of intriguing buy-low first basemen in Reynolds and Lyle Overbay. However, with Reynolds and Francisco splitting time at first, there's no room for Overbay on the roster. 

Washington Nationals

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ross Detwiler

    Relievers: Rafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard, Jerry Blevins, Drew Storen, Craig Stammen, Christian Garcia, Xavier Cedeno

    The Washington Nationals' rotation is loaded after the acquisition of Fister. However, the bullpen would definitely benefit from the addition of an experienced left-handed reliever. If the Nationals add another lefty to the mix, Cedeno would get bumped from the bullpen. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Wilson Ramos, Jhonatan Solano 

    Infielders: Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon, Tyler Moore, Danny Espinosa

    Outfielders: Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Denard Span, Nate McLouth, Scott Hairston

    Solano gets the backup catcher gig for now, but non-roster invitee Chris Snyder could grab that spot with an impressive spring.

    There's also a chance that Moore's roster spot could be in danger if the Nationals end up signing infielder Jeff Baker, as Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports. 

Atlanta Braves

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Alex Wood

    Relievers: Craig Kimbrel, Luis Avilan, David Carpenter, Jordan Walden, Anthony Varvaro, Luis Vasquez, Cory Gearrin

    While there's no room in the rotation as currently constructed, there's still a possibility that Freddy Garcia could work his way onto the staff. Garcia could end up with the No. 5 spot in the rotation if the club decides to move Wood to the bullpen, which David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports is a possibility. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird, Ryan Doumit

    Infielders: Freddie Freeman, Chris Johnson, Andrelton Simmons, Dan Uggla, Ramiro Pena

    Outfielders: Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, B.J. Upton, Jordan Schafer, Jose Constanza

    The Atlanta Braves did an excellent job of bolstering the club's catching core with the acquisition of Doumit. Still, the bench would clearly benefit from the signing of one more experienced utility player. 

New York Mets

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia

    Relievers: Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Scott Rice, Carlos Torres, Gonzalez Germen, Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is a pitcher to keep an eye on this spring. The veteran right-hander went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts for the New York Mets last season and will be a part of the competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony Recker

    Infielders: David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Josh Satin, Omar Quintanilla

    Outfielders: Chris Young, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Eric Young Jr. 

    As GM Sandy Alderson explained to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, it's "unlikely" that the club will sign free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew. However, considering the team's lack of established options, Drew would make for an ideal fit. 

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez, Miguel Gonzalez

    Relievers: Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman, Chad Gaudin, Mike Adams, Ethan Martin

    Jonathan Pettibone will compete with Gonzalez for the final spot in the rotation, but one final addition could be in the works. According to Matt Gelb of Philly.com, the club could consider pursuing A.J. Burnett, who recently decided that he will pitch in 2014.

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Carlos Ruiz, Wil Nieves

    Infielders: Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Cody Asche, Kevin Frandsen, Freddy Galvis, Darin Ruf

    Outfielders: Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, John Mayberry

    Former Phillie Bobby Abreu is back with the organization after signing a minor league deal with the club, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Abreu, who previously spent nine seasons playing for the club, remains a long shot to earn a spot on the bench. 

Miami Marlins

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner, Tom Koehler

    Relievers: Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, A.J. Ramos, Carter Capps, Dan Jennings, Arquimedes Caminero, Sam Dyson

    Koehler will have plenty of competition for the fifth spot in the Miami Marlins' rotation. Brian Flynn will be a leading contender for the No. 5 role, as his presence would provide the club with a left-hander in the rotation. Plus, Kevin Slowey, who made 14 starts for the Marlins last season, could also claim the job. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jeff Mathis

    Infielders: Rafael Furcal, Casey McGehee, Adeiny Hechavarria, Garrett Jones, Greg Dobbs, Ed Lucas

    Outfielders: Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Brian Bogusevic, Reed Johnson

    Of all the club's non-roster invitees, the recently signed Johnson appears to have the best odds of making the roster. The veteran outfielder hit .297 in 37 pinch hit at-bats for Atlanta Braves last season, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald

Oakland Athletics

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Jarrod Parker, Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily

    Relievers: Jim Johnson, Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook, Luke Gregerson, Dan Otero, Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz

    The Oakland Athletics have no shortage of options when it comes to the rotation. Tommy Milone, Josh Lindblom and Pomeranz will all compete for the final spot on the starting staff.

    Pomeranz and Milone will also be in the running for a role as a left-hander reliever, where they'll be up against Fernando Abad. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Derek Norris, Stephen Vogt, John Jaso 

    Infielders: Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Jed Lowrie, Eric Sogard, Alberto Callapso, Nick Punto

    Outfielders: Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Craig Gentry

    As Jane Lee of MLB.com observes, the Athletics are likely to enter the season with three second basemen on the roster but no true backup first baseman. That means there's no room for Nate Freiman or Daric Barton, as Callaspo is expected to pick up at-bats at first base when the team faces left-handers. 

Texas Rangers

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando, Martin Perez, Colby Lewis 

    Relievers: Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria, Tanner Scheppers, Neal Cotts, Jason Frasor, Robbie Ross, Cory Burns

    The loss of Derek Holland to a knee injury substantially weakens the Texas Rangers' starting five, as demonstrated by the inclusion of Lewis in the rotation. Lewis, who lasted appeared in a MLB game in 2012, could battle with Nick Tepesch for the fifth spot, according to Anthony Andro of Fox Sports

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Geovany Soto, J.P. Arencibia 

    Infielders: Prince Fielder, Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar, Adrian Beltre, Adam Rosales, Mitch Moreland

    Outfielders: Shin-Soo Choo, Alex Rios, Leonys Martin, Jim Adduci, Michael Choice

    There's definitely a spot or two open at the end of the Rangers bench. Engel Beltre will be in the mix for a role as a reserve outfielder, while non-roster invitees Kevin Kouzmanoff and Josh Wilson could also stake a claim to a utility role. 

Los Angeles Angels

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Mark Mulder

    Relievers: Ernesto Frieri, Joe Smith, Sean Burnett, Dane De La Rosa, Hector Santiago, Kevin Jepsen, Joe Blanton

    Mulder grabs the final spot in the rotation over Santiago, who heads down to the bullpen. Meanwhile, Blanton maintains his spot on the roster at the expense of Michael Kohn and Brian Moran. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Chris Iannetta, Hank Conger

    Infielders: David Freese, Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Albert Pujols, Carlos Pena, John McDonald

    Outfielders: Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Raul Ibanez, J.B Shuck

    Non-roster invitees McDonald and Pena both make the cut. McDonald beats up Andrew Romine as the club's backup shortstop, while Pena earns the job as Pujols' backup at first base. 

Seattle Mariners

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Scott Baker

    Relievers: Danny Farquhar, Tom Wilhelmsen, Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Erasmo Ramirez, Logan Bawcom

    Baker earns the final spot in the rotation over Ramirez, who made three starts for the Seattle Mariners last season. However, Ramirez could find himself back in the frame if Walker or Paxton struggle in the spring. For now, though, he ends up in the bullpen. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Mike Zunino, John Buck

    Infielders: Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, Justin Smoak, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, Kyle Seager, Willie Bloomquist

    Outfielders: Logan Morrison, Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders, Dustin Ackley 

    The Mariners will have a lot of "competition" for jobs in the outfield, as GM Jack Zduriencik explained to Greg Johns of MLB.com. On this projected roster, there's no room for Abraham Almonte.

    Jesus Montero also figures to be a part of the contest for a bench role now that he has transitioned to first base, per Johns

Houston Astros

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Scott Feldman, Jarred Cosart, Brad Peacock, Brett Oberholtzer, Dallas Keuchel

    Relievers: Chad Qualls, Josh Fields, Josh Zeid, Raul Valdes, Matt Albers, Kevin Chapman, Anthony Bass

    While the first four spots in the Houston Astros rotation are set heading into camp, the last spot is definitely up for grabs. Lucas Harrell and Paul Clemens will be the leading candidates to win that role instead of Keuchel. 

    Jesse Crain will eventually take a spot in the Astros bullpen, but the reliever explained to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle that he isn't "planning" to be ready by Opening Day. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan

    Infielders: Jose Altuve, Jonathan Villar, Brett Wallace, Chris Carter, Matt Dominguez, Cesar Izturis, Jesus Guzman

    Outfielders: Dexter Fowler, Robbie Grossman, L.J. Hoes, Marc Krauss

    Outfielder George Springer, one of the club's top prospects, could certainly play his way onto the roster this spring. However, as Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle points out, concerns over service time will factor into just when Springer arrives in Houston.  

Detroit Tigers

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, Rick Porcello, Drew Smyly

    Relievers: Joe Nathan, Bruce Rondon, Joba Chamberlain, Ian Krol, Al Alburquerque, Phil Coke, Luke Putkonen

    There's a real possibility that Verlander could miss the start of the season, as GM Dave Dombrowski explained to Chris Iott of MLive.com. However, Dombrowski added that if the ace is shelved, it will only be for a "very short time period."

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Alex Avila, Bryan Holaday

    Infielders: Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Jose Iglesias, Victor Martinez, Nick Castellanos, Steve Lombardozzi

    Outfielders: Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Don Kelly, Andy Dirks, Rajai Davis

    Just about every roster spot is accounted for heading into spring training, but it remains to be seen how exactly playing time will be divvied up. Left field and third base (where Castellanos is slated to take over) will be two positions to watch out for in particular. 

Cleveland Indians

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar. Zach McAllister, Trevor Bauer

    Relievers: John Axford, Josh Outman, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski, Vinnie Pestano, Josh Tomlin

    Bauer gets the nod for the No. 5 spot over Carlos Carrasco and Tomlin. Of course, the Cleveland Indians starting staff will be significantly improved if the team manages to land Ubaldo Jimenez on a one-year, club-friendly deal. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Yan Gomes, Carlos Santana

    Infielders: Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera, Lonnie Chisenhall, Mike Aviles, Jason Giambi, Elliot Johnson

    Outfielders: Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley, David Murphy, Ryan Raburn

    There will be a fierce competition for the final spot on Cleveland's bench. Infielders like Jose Ramirez, David Adams and David Cooper will be in the mix, as will outfielders like Jeff Francoeur and Nyjer Morgan.

    For now, Johnson claims the spot, as the super-utility man can play every position on the diamond aside from catcher. 

Kansas City Royals

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Vargas, Bruce Chen, Yordano Ventura

    Relievers: Greg Holland, Luke Hochevar, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, Louis Coleman

    Ventura gets the edge for the fifth spot in the rotation after going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in three starts for the Kansas City Royals in 2013. However, the young right-hander will have plenty of competitors in Davis, Hochevar, Danny Duffy and Brad Penny. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Salvador Perez, Brett Hayes

    Infielders: Omar Infante, Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, Danny Valencia, Pedro Ciriaco

    Outfielders: Alex Gordon, Norichika Aoki, Lorenzo Cain, Justin Maxwell

    Non-roster invitee Ramon Hernandez could easily overtake Hayes to win the backup catcher's job with the Royals. The veteran backstop hit .328 with a .425 OBP this winter while playing in his native Venezuela, according to Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star.

Chicago White Sox

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana John Danks, Erik Johnson, Felipe Paulino

    Relievers: Nathan Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Ronald Belisario, Scott Downs, Daniel Webb, Donnie Veal, Jake Petricka

    The Chicago White Sox have some decisions to make when it comes to the team's bullpen. One of the most crucial ones will be deciding who wins the closer's job between Jones and Lindstrom.

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Tyler Flowers, Adrian Nieto

    Infielders: Jose Abreu, Gordon Beckham, Alexei Ramirez, Matt Davidson, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Jeff Keppinger

    Outfielders: Adam Eaton, Alejandro De Aza, Avisail Garcia, Dayan Viciedo

    Davidson will battle with Conor Gillaspie for the job as Chicago's everyday third baseman. Look for Davidson to win the role, as the White Sox were willing to part with former closer Addison Reed in order to acquire the talented infielder. 

Minnesota Twins

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Ricky Nolasco, Kevin Correia, Phil Hughes, Mike Pelfrey, Samuel Deduno

    Relievers: Glenn Perkins, Jared Burton, Brian Duensing, Casey Fien, Anthony Swarzak, Michael Tonkin, Caleb Thielbar

    Deduno takes the No. 5 spot in a revamped starting rotation after going 8-8 with a 3.83 ERA for the Minnesota Twins in 2013. Scott Diamond and Vance Worley will also get a shot during the spring to claim the final spot on the starting staff.  

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Josmil Pinto, Kurt Suzuki 

    Infielders: Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, Pedro Florimon, Jason Kubel, Eduardo Escobar, Chris Colabello

    Outfielders: Alex Presley, Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Parmelee

    The Twins have options when it comes to catcher. Eric Fryer and Chris Herrmann will be in the hunt to land roster spots this spring. The duo of Pinto and Suzuki appears an ideal fit, though, as the inexperienced Pinto can learn from the longtime veteran Suzuki.

Boston Red Sox

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront

    Relievers: Koji Uehara, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Edward Mujica, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, Ryan Dempster

    The Boston Red Sox have an abundance of options when it comes to the club's starting rotation. Doubront holds onto the spot for now, but it would hardly be a surprise if Brandon Workman or Dempster ended up locking down the role. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: A.J. Pierzynski, David Ross

    Infielders: David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Carp, Jonathan Herrera

    Outfielders: Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Grady Sizemore, Daniel Nava

    Jackie Bradley Jr. is the most notable cut as far as position players are concerned. Bradley will have the chance to battle with Sizemore for the everyday role as center fielder during the spring.

    However, the fact that the Red Sox were willing to dish out a guaranteed contract to Sizemore, who hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2011, suggests that the veteran should have the inside track to winning the job. 

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: David Price, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson, Chris Archer

    Relievers: Grant Balfour, Heath Bell, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, Cesar Ramos, Josh Lueke

    The Tampa Bay Rays have an impressive group of relievers after signing Balfour and trading for Bell. The final spot goes to Lueke after he racked up 81 strikeouts in 57.1 innings while pitching for the Rays' Triple-A affiliate last season. 

    But as Adam Berry of MLB.com explains, Brandon Gomes and Mark Lowe will be leading contenders to earn the role as well. Brad Boxberger will also be part of the competition, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Ryan Hanigan, Jose Molina

    Infielders: James Loney, Ben Zobrist, Evan Longoria, Yunel Escobar, Sean Rodriguez, Logan Forsythe

    Outfielders: David DeJesus, Desmond Jennings, Wil Myers, Matt Joyce, Brandon Guyer

    The biggest question in terms of position players is what becomes of Jose Lobaton. With Hanigan and Molina both on the roster, Lobaton appears to be on the outside looking in. 

New York Yankees

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Hiroki Kuroda, David Phelps

    Relievers: David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, Preston Claiborne, Cesar Cabral, Matt Thornton, Adam Warren, Vidal Nuno

    The acquisition of Tanaka went a long way in solidifying the New York Yankees' rotation for 2014. However, questions still remain over who will win the fifth spot on the staff.

    Michael Pineda offers lots of upside, but he could easily be sent to Triple-A, as he has minor league options remaining, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Brian McCann, Francisco Cervelli 

    Infielders: Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Mark Teixeira, Brendan Ryan, Eduardo Nunez

    Outfielders: Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki

    Nunez has an excellent shot of landing the final spot on the Yankees bench. However, with the team's infield in a state of flux, non-roster invitee Scott Sizemore could easily enter into the equation. 

Baltimore Orioles

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez, Kevin Gausman

    Relievers: Tommy Hunter, Darren O'Day, Ryan Webb, Brian Matusz, T.J. McFarland, Brad Bach, Josh Stinson

    Barring a last-minute signing of a veteran starter, Gausman looks to be the top contender to land the final spot in the Baltimore Orioles' rotation. Steve Johnson and Matusz are among the other in-house contenders.

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Matt Wieters, Steve Clevenger

    Infielders: Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado, Jemile Weeks, Ryan Flaherty, Steve Pearce

    Outfielders: Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, David Lough, Delmon Young, Nolan Reimold

    The Orioles have lots of questions to answer heading into camp. The roster picture could get even murkier, as Machado's status for Opening Day remains unknown, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Pitchers (12)

    Starters: R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, J.A. Happ, Esmil Rogers

    Relievers: Casey Janssen, Sergio Santos, Steve Delabar, Aaron Loup, Brett Cecil, Dustin McGowan, Jeremy Jeffress

    It appears highly likely that the Toronto Blue Jays will bring in an established starter before spring training kicks off. Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio reports that the Blue Jays "expect to get" either Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez. 

     

    Position Players (13)

    Catchers: Dioner Navarro, Josh Thole

    Infielders: Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie, Adam Lind, Ryan Goins, Maicer Izturis

    Outfielders: Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, Melky Cabrera, Moises Sierra, Anthony Gose

    With Goins currently slated to be the club's everyday second baseman, the Blue Jays would clearly benefit from the addition of another established middle infielder to the roster.

    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Blue Jays "have their eye on top shortstop Stephen Drew as a possible surprise second-base alternative."

     

    If you want to talk baseball, find me on Twitter @KarlBuscheck.

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