Spring training is upon us and the first games of the exhibition season are almost here. While the best position players and pitchers in baseball will use this next month to get back into the swing of things and work on their golf game, others will be competing for a job.
Without a doubt, the most interesting battles of the spring come out of the rotation. Because they play every day, the jobs of position players are less secure and the backup shortstop is much more likely to make the team - and play - then the odd man out of the starting rotation.
For these pitchers, this could be their baseball playing lives on the line. Sure, the young guys will get another chance, but the veterans might not.
If you're a hardcore fan, or you simply play in an AL- or NL-only fantasy league, you need to know these names. They may not mean much now, but just like the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 starters, they'll pitch every fifth day.