Updating Who Leads Each of MLB's Most Critical Position Battles

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Updating Who Leads Each of MLB's Most Critical Position Battles
Associated Press
Jackie Bradley Jr. is trying to hold off former star Grady Sizemore for the starting center field job in Boston.

All MLB teams have at least a handful of position battles going on in camp, though most are of the No. 5 starter, middle relief and bench variety.

Not that all of them are boring. As a matter of fact, some are very intriguing, especially those with top pitching prospects involved. 

But the most critical battles are for everyday starting jobs. And the candidates can range from young prospects to minor league journeymen to veterans trying to bounce back from an injury or poor season to former All-Stars who are on the downside of their career.

Will a team go with a young player with big upside over a veteran who is considered a safer pick? A better defender over one who can possibly provide more offense? A player with a guaranteed salary and who may be out of minor league options over a young player who can be sent to the minors without being placed on waivers? Will it come down to which player performs best in camp? 

Here's a look a eight of the more intriguing battles going on in camp.

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