Projecting Cleveland Indians' Final 25-Man Roster at Start of Spring Training

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Projecting Cleveland Indians' Final 25-Man Roster at Start of Spring Training
Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Spring Training is well under way, and the Cleveland Indians are already getting a glimpse of what their 25-man roster will look like for the 2014 season.

Most of the team's positions are pretty well locked down. The only question marks facing the team this spring include who its starting third baseman will be, who the everyday DH will be, who will occupy the last spot on the team's bench and who will occupy the team's final rotational and bullpen spots?

Candidates to fill those positions include a large crop of familiar faces, as well as some relative newcomers and non-roster invitees.

During the next 20-plus days, the team will whittle down its' options in hopes of crafting a roster capable of returning to the playoffs for the second straight season—a feat the franchise has not accomplished since the 1998 and '99 seasons.

So, with just under a month separating us from the start of the 2014 season, we'll turn our focus to predicting this year's 25-man roster in Cleveland.

 

All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and Fangraphs.com unless otherwise noted. Steamer and ZiPS projections for 2014 courtesy of Fangraphs.com.

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