When you spend buckets of cash in the offseason like the Boston Red Sox did this winter, you tend to enter spring training with something of an idea of what the roster will look like come April.
With most of the positions filled, much of the debate focuses on the makeup of the lineup card rather than the composition of the roster itself.
Such a situation often leads to a spring in which dozens of players end up in a heated battle for the final few roster spots.
But, inevitably, the faces that leave Fort Myers as part of the major league roster will change. And often quickly.
Consider, for instance, last summer. Who among us thought Ryan Kalish, Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava and Felix Doubront would play major roles in the Sox pursuit of a playoff spot?
So as spring training progresses this March, all eyes remain on newcomers Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez and recovering regulars Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia.
It would be wise not to overlook a handful of other players, though, who likely won't be suiting up in early April but could play something of an important role by the time the dog days of summer arrive.
Here's a look at five players unlikely to break camp with the Red Sox whom you could be seeing before autumn rolls around.