Five possibilites: Jamie Hoffman, Marcus Thames, Brett Gardner, or Randy Winn.
Many different skills between these players. These four players will compete for the starting LF job this spring, but who will come out on top when the smoke clears? Let's break down the skills of each player.
1. Jamie Hoffman
Unlikely that he'll get the starting job, but there's still a chance. He hit around .290 with 20HR with 100RBIs at Triple A. You want to see him as the Opening Day starter? Hope for a magnificent Spring Training.
2. Marcus Thames
Former Yankee. Even though he hits for a low average, he has great raw power. And since many people refer to it as a hitter's ballpark, he'll be great fit, especially to fill out that 9 hole in the lineup.
3. Brett Gardner
I have high expectations of him. With his speed and great glove, he's a perfect fit into that lineup for the 9 hole spot. He probably has the greatest speed and glove out of the candidates, but if he can have a good spring like last year, he will earn the job.
4. Randy Winn
People scratched their heads about this signing. Randy Winn? But don't underrate him. Even though he hit only .262 with 2 HRs in 2009, this is a guy that hit .306 with 38 doubles in '08. Look for him not to back down from the competition.
The player with the best stats in Spring Training will earn this job, no matter what.