With spring training quickly approaching, several questions continue to linger in terms of how the Los Angeles Dodgers' 25-man roster will shape up once the players arrive at Camelback Ranch to prepare themselves for the long journey ahead.
As a result of acquiring Marcus Thames, the Dodgers outfield becomes much more balanced and loaded with power. Still, a handful of players may find themselves in heated battles in an effort to make the Opening Day squad.
Right now, the buzz around Dodgertown suggests that the team's biggest needs are a number-two hitter in the lineup and a left-handed arm in the bullpen. While Colletti may indeed explore free agent possibilities or entertain trade options, the organization is rich with talent and there are plenty of components to assemble a formidable 25-man roster.
Several roster spots may be determined by individual performances during Cactus League play, most specifically the fifth outfielding spot and the sixth arm in the bullpen. While there will be tight competition to finalize these several spots, the new coaching staff will also look to establish chemistry and generate positive momentum heading into Opening Day.
Assuming that the roster stays relatively the same as the season approaches, the following slides project all 25 players who may find themselves on the 25-man roster, show a handful of players who will be in heated battles to earn a place on the big league squad, as well as recommend a starting lineup for Opening Day on April 1.
Note—This slideshow was edited for content after the signing of outfielder Marcus Thames on January 19. Also, keep an eye out for a revised version of the projections to be published sometime toward the middle of spring training.