Believe it or not, Opening Day and the 2014 MLB regular season are almost upon us—two weeks from now (earlier for some teams), the games begin to count—and more than a handful of teams still sit in spring training with unanswered questions.
Some teams are scrambling to replace recently injured starters, debating whether their internal options will suffice or if they have to go outside of the organization for help, while others sit undecided about key position battles that are, in some cases, simply too close to call.
Were these questions about which player becomes a team's fourth (or fifth) outfielder or who emerges from a mediocre crowd of middle relievers to break camp with a club, teams wouldn't be facing potentially devastating consequences should they make the wrong choice.
Those pieces are interchangeable and easily replaced.
That's not the case with the questions we'll ask on the pages that follow, and because of that, it's wise for these teams to take their time before locking in their final answers, something that needs to happen sooner rather than later.
Which questions absolutely must be answered over the next two weeks?
Let's take a look.