Updated Spring Training Predictions for All 30 MLB Teams' Final 25-Man Rosters

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2016

Updated Spring Training Predictions for All 30 MLB Teams' Final 25-Man Rosters

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    We've tried our hand at predicting each team's Opening Day roster a few times so far this offseason, but now that we have some actual spring action to base things on, here's a significantly more in-depth dive into each team's likely roster.

    What follows is a projected 25-man roster for each team.

    Player names in bold on the rosters are viewed as locks, and we didn't waste time discussing their status.

    However, for the handful of players on each team who are not locked into a spot, we provided a breakdown of why that player was the choice, as well as a look at other potential candidates for the job.

    Any player in italics on the other candidates list is a non-roster invitee, so he would need to be added to the 40-man roster to make the team.

    Things will continue to change with the inevitable injuries, breakout performances and last-minute trades or free-agent signings, but for now, this should give a good idea of what each team could look like when Opening Day rolls around.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Robbie Ray is the early favorite to win the No. 5 starter job for the Diamondbacks.
    Robbie Ray is the early favorite to win the No. 5 starter job for the Diamondbacks.Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 22)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Welington CastilloRHP Zack Greinke
    1B Paul GoldschmidtRHP Shelby Miller
    2B Jean SeguraLHP Patrick Corbin
    3B Jake LambRHP Rubby De La Rosa
    SS Nick AhmedLHP Robbie Ray
    LF Yasmany TomasBullpen
    CF A.J. PollockRHP Josh Collmenter
    RF David PeraltaRHP Silvino Bracho
    BenchRHP Randall Delgado
    C Tuffy GosewischLHP Andrew Chafin
    IF Phil GosselinRHP Daniel Hudson
    IF Chris OwingsRHP Tyler Clippard
    IF/OF Rickie WeeksRHP Brad Ziegler
    OF Socrates Brito 

     

    DL: None

     

    Bench: IF/OF Rickie Weeks

    Other Candidates: C/OF Chris Herrmann, C/OF Peter O'Brien, IF Brandon Drury, IF/OF Joaquin Arias, OF Jason Bourgeois

    The 33-year-old Rickie Weeks is off to a nice 5-for-12 start this spring with three doubles, and while he's not the All-Star player he was in his prime, he still hits lefties well (career .828 OPS) and can be a useful bench piece now that he's added the ability to play the outfield.

     

    No. 5 Starter: LHP Robbie Ray

    Other Candidates: RHP Archie Bradley, RHP Zack Godley, RHP Tyler Wagner

    After posting a 3.52 ERA and 1.332 WHIP in 23 starts as a rookie last season, Robbie Ray entered camp as the heavy favorite to win the No. 5 starter job, and he's done nothing to hurt his standing so far with five scoreless innings of work. He'd be the rotation's second left-hander, so that helps his case as well.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Silvino Bracho

    Candidates: RHP Enrique Burgos, LHP Keith Hessler, RHP Evan Marshall, LHP Matt Reynolds, LHP Daniel Gibson

    All but one job in the D'Backs bullpen was more or less sewn up heading into camp, according to Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

    Silvino Bracho, 23, turned heads in a late-season call-up last year, posting a 1.46 ERA, 1.054 WHIP and 12.4 K/9 over 13 appearances, and his potential as a future closer should win him the job.

Atlanta Braves

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    More than a few Braves fans will be rooting for Jeff Francoeur to play his way onto the 25-man roster.
    More than a few Braves fans will be rooting for Jeff Francoeur to play his way onto the 25-man roster.Rob Carr/Getty Images

    Projected Roster (Locks: 19)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C A.J. PierzynskiRHP Julio Teheran
    1B Freddie FreemanRHP Matt Wisler
    2B Jace PetersonRHP Bud Norris
    3B Adonis GarciaRHP Jhoulys Chacin
    SS Erick AybarRHP Kyle Kendrick
    LF Hector OliveraBullpen
    CF Ender InciarteRHP Alexi Ogando
    RF Nick MarkakisLHP Evan Rutckyj
    BenchLHP Matt Marksberry
    C Tyler FlowersRHP Chris Withrow
    1B/OF Nick SwisherRHP Jim Johnson
    IF/OF Emilio BonifacioRHP Arodys Vizcaino
    IF/OF Kelly JohnsonRHP Jason Grilli
    OF Michael Bourn 

     

    DL: SP Manny Banuelos, SP/RP Mike Foltynewicz, RP Andrew McKirahan, RP Paco Rodriguez

     

    Bench: IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio

    Other Candidates: IF Gordon Beckham, IF Ozzie Albies, OF Jeff Francoeur

    Kelly Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and Gordon Beckham were all signed this winter, but only two are likely to make the team, unless the Braves can find a way to unload Michael Bourn or Nick Swisher. Johnson is a lock, and Bonifacio is off to a great start this spring at 7-for-12 with a double. He's also more versatile than Beckham, so that furthers his case.

     

    Nos. 4, 5 Starters: RHP Kyle Kendrick, RHP Jhoulys Chacin

    Other Candidates: RHP John Gant, RHP Tyrell Jenkins, RHP Williams Perez, RHP Aaron Blair

    The rebuilding Braves really have no reason not to try to squeeze as many innings as they can out of veterans Kyle Kendrick and Jhoulys Chacin at the back of the rotation to start the year. Both players are in camp as non-roster invitees, but this is the same Braves team that broke camp with Eric Stults and Trevor Cahill in the rotation last season, so there is some precedent.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Matt Marksberry, LHP Evan Rutckyj, RHP Alexi Ogando

    Other Candidates: RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Dan Winkler (R5), LHP David Holmberg, LHP Alex Torres, RHP Carlos Torres

    With no left-hander currently locked into a bullpen role, strong starts to the spring by Matt Marksberry (3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K) and Rule 5 pick Evan Rutckyj (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER) bode well for their roster chances. A swingman type would make sense in that final spot, and while Alexi Ogando pitched exclusively in relief last season, he does have starter experience and is capable of going multiple innings.

Baltimore Orioles

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    Mychal Givens impressed with a 1.80 ERA and 11.4 K/9 in 22 appearances last season, and that should give him a leg up on winning one of the two available bullpen spots for the Orioles.
    Mychal Givens impressed with a 1.80 ERA and 11.4 K/9 in 22 appearances last season, and that should give him a leg up on winning one of the two available bullpen spots for the Orioles.Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 23)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Matt WietersRHP Chris Tillman
    1B Chris DavisRHP Yovani Gallardo
    2B Jonathan SchoopRHP Ubaldo Jimenez
    3B Manny MachadoRHP Kevin Gausman
    SS J.J. HardyRHP Miguel Gonzalez
    LF Hyun-Soo KimBullpen
    CF Adam JonesRHP Dylan Bundy
    RF Mark TrumboRHP Vance Worley
    DH Pedro AlvarezLHP T.J. McFarland
    BenchRHP Mychal Givens
    C Caleb JosephRHP Brad Brach
    IF/OF Ryan FlahertyRHP Darren O'Day
    OF Nolan ReimoldLHP Zach Britton
    OF Joey Rickard 

     

    DL: OF Jimmy Paredes, RP Brian Matusz

     

    Bench: OF Joey Rickard

    Other Candidates: OF Dariel Alvarez, OF Henry Urrutia, IF Paul Janish, OF L.J. Hoes

    According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, "Joey Rickard's chances of making the club may have increased [following the signing of Pedro Alvarez]. The Rule 5 pick is a plus defender who can play all three outfield positions."

    On top of his defensive skills, the 24-year-old hit .321/.427/.447 with 38 extra-base hits and 23 steals over three minor league levels last year.

     

    Bullpen: LHP T.J. McFarland

    Other Candidates: LHP Jeff Beliveau, LHP Cesar Cabral

    With Brian Matusz battling a lower back strain, the final spot in the bullpen figures to go to a left-hander since the Orioles' only other option from the left side right now is closer Zach Britton. T.J. McFarland is dealing with elbow tightness himself, but he's expected to be ready to go for the start of the season, and he should be able to edge a pair of non-roster invitees.

Boston Red Sox

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    Knuckleballer Steven Wright is out of minor league options and looking to secure the long relief role for the Red Sox.
    Knuckleballer Steven Wright is out of minor league options and looking to secure the long relief role for the Red Sox.Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 23)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Blake SwihartLHP David Price
    1B Hanley RamirezRHP Clay Buchholz
    2B Dustin PedroiaLHP Eduardo Rodriguez
    3B Pablo SandovalRHP Rick Porcello
    SS Xander BogaertsRHP Joe Kelly
    LF Rusney CastilloBullpen
    CF Jackie Bradley Jr.LHP Roenis Elias
    RF Mookie BettsRHP Heath Hembree
    DH David OrtizRHP Junichi Tazawa
    BenchLHP Robbie Ross Jr.
    C Ryan HaniganRHP Carson Smith
    1B/3B Travis ShawRHP Koji Uehara
    IF/OF Brock HoltRHP Craig Kimbrel
    OF Chris Young 

     

    DL: RP Brandon Workman

     

    Bullpen: RHP Heath Hembree, LHP Roenis Elias

    Other Candidates: RHP Matt Barnes, LHP Tommy Layne, RHP Noe Ramirez, RHP Steven Wright, RHP Kyle Martin

    A strong start to the spring for Roenis Elias (2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 K) and a rough start by Steven Wright (3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) should make Elias the front-runner to fill both the long relief role and second left-hander role in the Boston bullpen.

    The final spot then boils down to a handful of guys, with Heath Hembree and Matt Barnes the favorites. Hembree has twirled three scoreless innings so far this spring, allowing just one hit and striking out six, so he gets the upper hand for now.

Chicago Cubs

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    Clayton Richard is one of a handful of pitchers vying for the final spot in the Cubs bullpen.
    Clayton Richard is one of a handful of pitchers vying for the final spot in the Cubs bullpen.Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 23)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Miguel MonteroRHP Jake Arrieta
    1B Anthony RizzoLHP Jon Lester
    2B Ben ZobristRHP John Lackey
    3B Kris BryantRHP Jason Hammel
    SS Addison RussellRHP Kyle Hendricks
    LF Kyle SchwarberBullpen
    CF Dexter FowlerRHP Adam Warren
    RF Jason HeywardLHP Clayton Richard
    BenchRHP Neil Ramirez
    C David RossRHP Trevor Cahill
    IF/OF Javier BaezRHP Justin Grimm
    OF Jorge SolerLHP Travis Wood
    OF Shane VictorinoRHP Pedro Strop
     RHP Hector Rondon

     

    DL: RP Zac Rosscup, 3B Christian Villanueva

     

    Bench: OF Shane Victorino

    Other Candidates: IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara, IF Tommy La Stella, OF Matt Szczur, OF Matt Murton

    The Cubs could opt to go with Matt Szczur here for the simple fact that he's out of minor league options, but adding another experienced winner to the bench in Shane Victorino seems too good of an opportunity to pass up. A healthy Victorino is returning to switch-hitting this year, so that also helps his case as a pinch hitter.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Clayton Richard

    Candidates: LHP Rex Brothers, RHP Carl Edwards Jr., LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Brandon Gomes, RHP Jean Machi, LHP Manny Parra

    The Cubs won't necessarily limit themselves to filling this spot with a second left-hander, but odds are that's the route they'll go. Rex Brothers and C.J. Riefenhauser will both get long looks, but the ability to go multiple innings is something the team values, and Clayton Richard can do that. He's also off to a great start this spring, with just one hit allowed and six strikeouts in three scoreless innings of work.

Chicago White Sox

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    The addition of Jimmy Rollins could mean that slick-fielding Tyler Saladino, above, is headed back to Triple-A.
    The addition of Jimmy Rollins could mean that slick-fielding Tyler Saladino, above, is headed back to Triple-A.Rob Tringali/Getty Images

    Projected Roster (Locks: 21)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Dioner NavarroLHP Chris Sale
    1B Jose AbreuLHP Jose Quintana
    2B Brett LawrieLHP Carlos Rodon
    3B Todd FrazierLHP John Danks
    SS Jimmy RollinsRHP Mat Latos
    LF Melky CabreraBullpen
    CF Austin JacksonRHP Jacob Turner
    RF Adam EatonRHP Jake Petricka
    DH Adam LaRocheLHP Dan Jennings
    BenchRHP Matt Albers
    C Alex AvilaLHP Zach Duke
    IF Tyler SaladinoRHP Nate Jones
    OF Avisail GarciaRHP David Robertson
    OF J.B. Shuck 

     

    DL: None

     

    Bench: IF Tyler Saladino, OF J.B. Shuck

    Other Candidates: IF/OF Leury Garcia, IF Carlos Sanchez, 1B/OF Jerry Sands, 1B/OF Travis Ishikawa, IF Steve Lombardozzi

    The late-offseason additions of Jimmy Rollins and Austin Jackson mean that projected starters Tyler Saladino and Avisail Garcia are now vying for spots on the White Sox bench. Garcia is a lock and will likely still see significant playing time, while Saladino seems like the perfect fit at utility infielder thanks to his plus glove.

    That leaves one bench opening to fill, and outfielder J.B. Shuck showed enough last season with his ability to play all three spots in the fourth outfielder role that he should have the upper hand.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Jacob Turner, RHP Jake Petricka

    Other Candidates: RHP Scott Carroll, Tommy Kahnle, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Phillippe Aumont

    Zach Putnam (49 G, 4.07 ERA) and Jake Petricka (62 G, 3.63 ERA) were both key pieces of the White Sox bullpen last year, but if the team wants to keep former starter Jacob Turnerwhom it gave $1.5 million in the offseasonit will mean one of those guys begins the year in the minors.

    Both still have a minor league option remaining, so it will come down to who has the best spring, and so far, that's been Petricka.

Cincinnati Reds

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    To whoever asked why we always use the same picture of Jesse Winker: Reinforcements have arrived!
    To whoever asked why we always use the same picture of Jesse Winker: Reinforcements have arrived!Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Projected Roster (Locks: 16)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Devin MesoracoRHP Anthony DeSclafani
    1B Joey VottoRHP Raisel Iglesias
    2B Brandon PhillipsRHP Michael Lorenzen
    3B Eugenio SuarezLHP Brandon Finnegan
    SS Zack CozartRHP Jon Moscot
    LF Scott ScheblerBullpen
    CF Billy HamiltonRHP Carlos Contreras
    RF Jay BruceRHP Drew Hayes
    BenchRHP Caleb Cotham
    C Tucker BarnhartRHP Blake Wood
    IF/OF Ivan De Jesus Jr.LHP Tony Cingrani
    3B/OF Adam DuvallRHP Jumbo Diaz
    OF Jake CaveRHP J.J. Hoover
    OF Yorman Rodriguez 

     

    DL: SP Homer Bailey, SP John Lamb

     

    Starting Left Fielder: Scott Schebler

    Other Candidates: Adam Duvall, Yorman Rodriguez, Phillip Ervin, Jesse Winker

    Top prospect Jesse Winker (5-for-13, 2B) will get a long look here, and fellow non-roster invitee Phillip Ervin (9-for-16, 2 HR, 2B) is off to a great start, but Scott Schebler still looks to be the front-runner to break camp with the left field job.

    To his credit, Schebler is also off to a hot start, going 5-for-16 with two home runs and two doubles.

     

    Bench: IF/OF Adam Duvall, OF Jake Cave, OF Yorman Rodriguez

    Other Candidates: OF Tyler Holt, C/IF Jordan Pacheco, 1B/OF Brandon Allen

    The fact that Yorman Rodriguez is out of minor league options and Jake Cave is a Rule 5 pick will certainly factor into the Reds' decision on how the bench shapes up.

    Both guys look to be on track to win a spot as things stand, with slugger Adam Duvall rounding things out as a potential platoon partner for Schebler in left field and a viable backup for Eugenio Suarez at third base.

     

    Nos. 3, 4, 5 Starters: RHP Michael Lorenzen, LHP Brandon Finnegan, RHP Jon Moscot

    Other Candidates: RHP Robert Stephenson, RHP Tim Melville, LHP Cody Reed

    With Homer Bailey and John Lamb both starting the season on the disabled list, the rotation picture is not as complicated as it could have been.

    Michael Lorenzen is all but locked in as the No. 3 starter, leaving Brandon Finnegan and Jon Moscot as the two most experienced starters among the group of guys vying for a spot.

    Cody Reed—who was acquired in the Johnny Cueto deal—has yet to pitch above Double-A, but he's turned heads this spring by allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) over five innings of work. He could be the first guy called on once the season starts.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Caleb Cotham, RHP Drew Hayes

    Other Candidates: RHP Keyvius Sampson, LHP Chris O'Grady (R5), RHP Dayan Diaz, RHP Pedro Villarreal

    A rough start to the spring for Rule 5 pick Chris O'Grady (2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2BB) could mean the Reds start the season with just one left-hander in the bullpen.

    Caleb Cotham—part of the return for Aroldis Chapman—should have a good chance at winning one of the two open spots, while Drew Hayes has made waves as a non-roster invitee.

    The 28-year-old Hayes has fanned five in 2.1 scoreless innings while recording a pair of saves, and he pitched well in the high minors last season with a 2.69 ERA and 8.5 K/9 over 47 games.

Cleveland Indians

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    Abraham Almonte's suspension may open the door for prospect Tyler Naquin, above, to win the center field job.
    Abraham Almonte's suspension may open the door for prospect Tyler Naquin, above, to win the center field job.Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images

    Projected Roster (Locks: 20)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Yan GomesRHP Corey Kluber
    1B Mike NapoliRHP Carlos Carrasco
    2B Jason KipnisRHP Danny Salazar
    3B Juan UribeRHP Trevor Bauer
    SS Francisco LindorRHP Josh Tomlin
    LF Rajai DavisBullpen
    CF Tyler NaquinRHP Jeff Manship
    RF Lonnie ChisenhallRHP Shawn Armstrong
    DH Carlos SantanaLHP Tom Gorzelanny
    BenchRHP Dan Otero
    C Roberto PerezRHP Zach McAllister
    IF/OF Jose RamirezRHP Bryan Shaw
    OF Joey ButlerRHP Cody Allen
    OF Collin Cowgill 

     

    DL: OF Michael Brantley, RHP Tommy Hunter

     

    Starting Center Fielder: Tyler Naquin

    Other Candidates: Collin Cowgill, Robbie Grossman, Will Venable

    With Michael Brantley still recovering from shoulder surgery and Abraham Almonte slapped with an 80-game PED suspension, the Indians' center field job is wide open this spring.

    Former first-round pick Tyler Naquin will need to hold off non-roster invitee Will Venable, but he's doing a nice job of that so far with an 8-for-18 start to the spring that includes two triples and a double.

    "I don't think you make a club the first week of camp," manager Terry Francona told Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com. "But I don't want to take away what he's done, either. The first week, he's been very impressive, and that's good because you're looking for that. But I don't think you just make your team out the first week of camp, either."

     

    Bench: OF Joey Butler, OF Collin Cowgill

    Other Candidates: IF/OF Zach Walters, OF Robbie Grossman, OF Shane Robinson, OF Will Venable

    Given the outfield situation, the Indians will almost certainly round out the bench with two more outfielders alongside catcher Roberto Perez and infielder Jose Ramirez.

    The non-roster trio of Robbie Grossman, Shane Robinson and Will Venable have gone a combined 5-for-22 with 10 strikeouts so far, so we'll go with the two 40-man roster guys in Joey Butler and Collin Cowgill.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Shawn Armstrong, LHP Tom Gorzelanny

    Other Candidates: RHP Austin Adams, LHP Kyle Crockett, LHP Giovanni Soto, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Craig Stammen, LHP Joe Thatcher

    Shawn Armstrong dominated Triple-A hitters last season (46 G, 2.36 ERA, 14.5 K/9) and pitched well in eight appearances in Cleveland down the stretch, so he's set himself up nicely to win one of the two open bullpen spots if he can hold off Joba Chamberlain.

    The other spot will go to a left-hander, and non-roster invitee Tom Gorzelanny (3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) has the best spring numbers from that group.

Colorado Rockies

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    Despite his big-time upside, Jon Gray is no lock for the Rockies rotation if he struggles this spring.
    Despite his big-time upside, Jon Gray is no lock for the Rockies rotation if he struggles this spring.Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 18)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Nick HundleyLHP Jorge De La Rosa
    1B Ben PaulsenRHP Chad Bettis
    2B DJ LeMahieuRHP Jon Gray
    3B Nolan ArenadoRHP Tyler Chatwood
    SS Cristhian AdamesRHP Jordan Lyles
    LF Gerardo ParraBullpen
    CF Charlie BlackmonLHP Chris Rusin
    RF Carlos GonzalezRHP Christian Bergman
    BenchLHP Boone Logan
    C Tom MurphyRHP Chad Qualls
    1B/3B Mark ReynoldsLHP Justin Miller
    IF Daniel DescalsoRHP Jason Motte
    OF Brandon BarnesLHP Jake McGee
    OF Ryan Raburn 

     

    DL: RHP Jairo Diaz, RP Adam Ottavino

     

    Starting Shortstop: Cristhian Adames

    Other Candidates: Daniel Descalso, Trevor Story, Rafael Ynoa

    Prospect Trevor Story (3-for-9, 2 HR, 2B) and Cristhian Adames (4-for-13, HR, 2 2B) are both off to strong starts in their pursuit of the vacant shortstop job, as Jose Reyes has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of his alleged domestic abuse.

    Adames is out of minor league options and already has some MLB experience under his belt, so as long as he continues his strong start, the job should be his.

     

    Backup Catcher: Tom Murphy

    Other Candidates: Dustin Garneau, Tony Wolters

    Tom Murphy looks like the catcher of the future for the Rockies, and he impressed late last season with an .876 OPS and three home runs in 35 at-bats. This comes down to whether the Rockies are willing to give Murphy a few starts a week alongside incumbent Nick Hundley or if they prefer Hundley gets the bulk of the work and Murphy returns to Triple-A for more seasoning. We'll go with the former.

     

    Bench: OF Ryan Raburn

    Other Candidates: 1B/OF Kyle Parker, OF Raimel Tapia, IF/OF Rafael Ynoa

    The Rockies added Ryan Raburn on a minor league deal last week, and in the process, they picked up one of the best platoon bats in the game. Last season, Raburn hit .325/.415/.589 in 151 at-bats against left-handed pitching, and it's surprising he was forced to settle for a minor league contract to begin with.

     

    Nos. 3, 4, 5 Starters: RHP Jon Gray, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Jordan Lyles

    Other Candidates: RHP Eddie Butler, RHP David Hale, LHP Yohan Flande

    Unless he's downright awful this spring, which he hasn't been so far, hard-throwing Jon Gray should be a lock for the rotation given his ace potential.

    Tyler Chatwood and Jordan Lyles are both coming back from injuries, and they proved to be useful arms prior to being hurt. Chatwood is out of options, so he'll likely be on the team either way, but those two look like the front-runners to round out the staff.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Christian Bergman

    Other Candidates: RHP Miguel Castro, RHP David Hale, RHP Simon Castro, LHP Yohan Flande, RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP Jason Gurka, RHP Brock Huntzinger, RHP Brian Schlitter

    The final spot in the Rockies bullpen is still wide open, but Christian Bergman pitched fairly well last season with a 4.74 ERA (99 ERA+) in 30 appearances, and he's thrown two scoreless innings so far this spring, so we'll call him the early favorite.

Detroit Tigers

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    The injury to Cameron Maybin should open up a roster spot for Tyler Collins.
    The injury to Cameron Maybin should open up a roster spot for Tyler Collins.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 22)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C James McCannRHP Justin Verlander
    1B Miguel CabreraRHP Jordan Zimmermann
    2B Ian KinslerRHP Anibal Sanchez
    3B Nick CastellanosRHP Mike Pelfrey
    SS Jose IglesiasLHP Daniel Norris
    LF Justin UptonBullpen
    CF Anthony GoseRHP Drew VerHagen
    RF J.D. MartinezRHP Angel Nesbitt
    DH Victor MartinezLHP Blaine Hardy
    BenchRHP Bruce Rondon
    C Jarrod SaltalamacchiaLHP Justin Wilson
    IF/OF Mike AvilesRHP Mark Lowe
    IF/OF Andrew RomineRHP Francisco Rodriguez
    OF Tyler Collins 

     

    DL: OF Cameron Maybin, RP Alex Wilson

     

    Bench: OF Tyler Collins

    Other Candidates: OF John Mayberry Jr., 1B/3B Casey McGehee, OF Nate Schierholtz

    Losing Cameron Maybin to a broken wrist should make Tyler Collins all but a lock to win the fourth outfielder job this spring, and he's off to a solid start at 3-for-11 with a double and a home run.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Angel Nesbitt, RHP Drew VerHagen

    Other Candidates: RHP Buck Farmer, RHP Jeff Ferrell, LHP Drake Britton, RHP Bobby Parnell

    The Tigers finally made the bullpen a priority this offseason with the additions of Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Lowe and Justin Wilson, and those three are locks for the bullpen, along with holdovers Bruce Rondon and Blaine Hardy.

    That leaves two spots open, and right-hander Angel Nesbitt is staking an early claim to one of them, as he's thrown 3.1 scoreless innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

    Drew VerHagen has been hit hard so far this spring (1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER), but he pitched well in the long relief role last season with a 2.05 ERA and 1.215 ERA in 26.1 innings of work. He has a beat on a job for now, but keep an eye on former Mets closer Bobby Parnell (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER) as a non-roster guy who could push his way into the picture.

Houston Astros

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    The addition of Doug Fister in free agency has created a battle at the back of the Astros rotation.
    The addition of Doug Fister in free agency has created a battle at the back of the Astros rotation.Stacy Revere/Getty Images

    Projected Roster (Locks: 23)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Jason CastroLHP Dallas Keuchel
    1B Matt DuffyRHP Collin McHugh
    2B Jose AltuveRHP Lance McCullers
    3B Luis ValbuenaRHP Doug Fister
    SS Carlos CorreaRHP Scott Feldman
    LF Colby RasmusBullpen
    CF Carlos Gomez*RHP Mike Fiers
    RF George Springer RHP Pat Neshek
    DH Preston TuckerRHP Josh Fields
    BenchRHP Will Harris
    C Max StassiLHP Tony Sipp
    1B Jon SingletonRHP Luke Gregerson
    IF Marwin GonzalezRHP Ken Giles
    OF Jake Marisnick 

     

    DL: DH Evan Gattis

     

    Starting First Baseman: Matt Duffy

    Other Candidates: Jon Singleton, A.J. Reed, Tyler White

    The first base battle in Houston is perhaps the most compelling position-player battle any team is facing this spring, and it's looking more and more like it might be one of the rookies breaking camp with the job, as Jon Singleton has gone 2-for-16 with eight strikeouts to start the spring.

    Matt Duffy has gone 3-for-11 with three home runs so far, and while he may not have the ceiling of A.J. Reed or even Tyler White, giving him the job to start the year and letting those guys get a bit more experience in the minors makes the most sense.

     

    Bench: 1B Jon Singleton

    Other Candidates: OF Eury Perez, 1B/3B Tyler White, IF Danny Worth

    Despite his early struggles this spring, and even if he isn't given the starting first base job outright, there's still a good chance Jon Singleton is on the Opening Day roster as Evan Gattis continues to recover from hernia surgery.

    He could quickly find himself back in Triple-A once Gattis returns, especially if Duffy takes the job and runs with it, but there really isn't a better option at this point to round out the bench.

     

    *Note: Doug Fister, Scott Feldman and Mike Fiers are battling for two rotation spots, but all three players are locks for the roster in some capacity.

Kansas City Royals

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    An injury to Jarrod Dyson gives Travis Snider a chance to win an outfield job as a non-roster invitee.
    An injury to Jarrod Dyson gives Travis Snider a chance to win an outfield job as a non-roster invitee.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Projected Roster (Locks: 20)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Salvador PerezRHP Yordano Ventura
    1B Eric HosmerRHP Edinson Volquez
    2B Omar InfanteRHP Ian Kennedy
    3B Mike MoustakasRHP Kris Medlen
    SS Alcides EscobarRHP Chris Young
    LF Alex GordonBullpen
    CF Lorenzo CainRHP Dillon Gee
    RF Paulo OrlandoLHP Scott Alexander
    DH Kendrys MoralesLHP Danny Duffy
    BenchRHP Luke Hochevar
    C Tony CruzRHP Joakim Soria
    IF Christian ColonRHP Kelvin Herrera
    OF Brett EibnerRHP Wade Davis
    OF Travis Snider 

     

    DL: OF Jarrod Dyson, SP Mike Minor, SP Jason Vargas, RP Tim Collins

     

    Backup Catcher: Tony Cruz

    Other Candidates: Drew Butera

    Due to the simple fact that Salvador Perez catches virtually every day, the backup catcher spot doesn't mean as much on the Royals as it does on some teams. Drew Butera filled that role last season, and he saw a grand total of 86 at-bats.

    The team went out of its way to acquire Tony Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals via trade this offseason, and that's reason enough to consider him the favorite for the job.

     

    Bench: OF Brett Eibner, OF Travis Snider

    Other Candidates: 1B/3B Cody Decker, OF Reymond Fuentes, OF Jose Martinez, IF Clint Barmes

    With Jarrod Dyson sidelined to start the season, Paulo Orlando should see extended action in right field, but finding him a platoon partner makes sense. Travis Snider fits the bill as a left-handed hitter with a decent MLB track record, so look for him to make good on a minor league deal.

    As for the final spot, Brett Eibner has earned a crack after hitting .303/.364/.514 with 23 doubles, 19 home runs, 81 RBI and 10 stolen bases in a full season in Triple-A last year.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Dillon Gee, LHP Scott Alexander

    Other Candidates: LHP Brian Duensing, LHP David Huff, LHP John Lannan, RHP Peter Moylan, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Chien-Ming Wang

    Despite the likelihood that Danny Duffy winds up in the bullpen, the Royals will still be looking for a left-hander to fill one of the available spots in their bullpen.

    Scott Alexander has just four MLB appearances under his belt, but he posted a 2.56 ERA and 1.026 WHIP in 41 games at the Triple-A level last year, and he's thrown 4.1 scoreless innings so far this spring.

    Dillon Gee is the favorite to fill the long relief role, and he has an opt-out in his minor league deal that he can exercise on March 15 if he's not added to the 40-man roster, so they'll need to make a decision on him soon.

Los Angeles Angels

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    With C.J. Wilson dealing with shoulder tendinitis, Nick Tropeano has a shot at breaking camp with a rotation spot.
    With C.J. Wilson dealing with shoulder tendinitis, Nick Tropeano has a shot at breaking camp with a rotation spot.Morry Gash/Associated Press

    Projected Roster (Locks: 22)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Carlos PerezRHP Garrett Richards
    1B C.J. CronRHP Jered Weaver
    2B Johnny GiavotellaLHP Andrew Heaney
    3B Yunel EscobarLHP Hector Santiago
    SS Andrelton SimmonsRHP Nick Tropeano
    LF Daniel NavaBullpen
    CF Mike TroutRHP Javy Guerra
    RF Kole CalhounRHP Al Albuquerque
    DH Albert PujolsLHP Jose Alvarez
    BenchRHP Mike Morin
    C Geovany SotoRHP Fernando Salas
    1B/OF Ji-Man ChoiRHP Joe Smith
    IF Cliff PenningtonRHP Huston Street
    OF Craig Gentry 

     

    DL: SP C.J. Wilson, SP Tyler Skaggs

     

    Bench: 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi

    Other Candidates: OF Todd Cunningham, IF Rey Navarro, IF Gregorio Petit

    The Angels are still thin on left-handed bats, so the switch-hitting Ji-Man Choi looks like a good fit for their bench.

    The Rule 5 pick has gone 4-for-19 with a home run and five RBI so far this spring, and he should be able to contribute more than Taylor Featherston did as a Rule 5 selection who managed to stick a year ago.

     

    No. 5 Starter: RHP Nick Tropeano

    Other Candidates: RHP Matt Shoemaker

    Matt Shoemaker has been shelled so far this spring, allowing 12 hits and eight earned runs in five innings of work, so the door is opening for Nick Tropeano to steal the No. 5 starter spot.

    Tropeano struck out two in two perfect innings in his lone spring appearance so far, and he threw the ball well in limited action last year with a 3.82 ERA (2.60 FIP), 1.327 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 37.2 innings.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Javy Guerra

    Candidates: RHP Cam Bedrosian, RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Rob Rasmussen, RHP Deolis Guerra (R5), LHP Lucas Luetge, RHP Yunesky Maya

    The favorites for the final spot in the Angels bullpen would figure to be Cam Bedrosian and Cory Rasmus based on their roles with the team last year, but keep an eye on non-roster invitee Javy Guerra.

    The former Dodgers closer, who saved 21 games as a rookie in 2011, is looking to resurrect his career after serving a 50-game suspension last year for a second positive drug test for a drug of abuse.

    "I'm still the same guy; I still have the same stuff," Guerra told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. "I understand the opportunity at hand. That was a big reason why I came here."

    He's thrown three scoreless innings so far this spring.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Mike Bolsinger is one of four guys vying for the No. 5 starter spot.
    Mike Bolsinger is one of four guys vying for the No. 5 starter spot.Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 23)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Yasmani GrandalLHP Clayton Kershaw
    1B Adrian GonzalezLHP Scott Kazmir
    2B Howie KendrickRHP Kenta Maeda
    3B Justin TurnerLHP Alex Wood
    SS Corey SeagerRHP Mike Bolsinger
    LF Andre EthierBullpen
    CF Joc PedersonRHP Joe Blanton
    RF Yasiel PuigLHP Luis Avilan
    BenchRHP Louis Coleman
    C A.J. EllisRHP Chris Hatcher
    1B/OF Scott Van SlykeLHP J.P. Howell
    IF Chase UtleyRHP Pedro Baez
    IF/OF Kike HernandezRHP Kenley Jansen
    OF Carl Crawford 

     

    DL: SP Brett Anderson, SP Brandon McCarthy, SP Hyun Jin Ryu

     

    No. 5 Starter: RHP Mike Bolsinger

    Other Candidates: RHP Carlos Frias, RHP Zach Lee, RHP Brandon Beachy

    The Dodgers' newfound starting pitching depth is already being put to the test this spring, as Brett Anderson has joined Brandon McCarthy and Hyun Jin Ryu on the disabled list following back surgery.

    That leaves a void at the back of the rotation, and Mike Bolsinger is the heavy favorite to fill it after going 6-6 with a 3.62 ERA, 1.363 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 109.1 innings over 21 starts last season.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Luis Avilan

    Other Candidates: RHP Carlos Frias, RHP Yimi Garcia, LHP Adam Liberatore, LHP Ian Thomas, RHP Jacob Rhame, RHP Matt West, RHP Jamey Wright

    Despite ranking 19th in the league with a 3.91 bullpen ERA, the Dodgers didn't do much to address the relief corps this winter, with Joe Blanton and Louis Coleman ranking as the big additions.

    There appears to be one spot for the taking this spring, and a second left-hander to join J.P. Howell would make the most sense.

    Luis Avilan had a 4.05 ERA, 1.181 WHIP and 8.3 K/9 in 73 appearances with the Braves and Dodgers last season, and he's turned in a pair of scoreless appearances so far this preseason.

Miami Marlins

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    Edwin Jackson will try to hold off a number of young starters to win the Marlins' final rotation spot.
    Edwin Jackson will try to hold off a number of young starters to win the Marlins' final rotation spot.Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

    Projected Roster (Locks: 22)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C J.T. RealmutoRHP Jose Fernandez
    1B Justin BourLHP Wei-Yin Chen
    2B Dee GordonRHP Jarred Cosart
    3B Martin PradoRHP Tom Koehler
    SS Adeiny HechavarriaLHP Adam Conley
    LF Christian YelichBullpen
    CF Marcell OzunaRHP David Phelps
    RF Giancarlo StantonRHP Brian Ellington
    BenchLHP Brad Hand
    C Jeff MathisRHP Kyle Barraclough
    1B/3B Chris JohnsonLHP Mike Dunn
    IF Miguel RojasRHP Bryan Morris
    IF/OF Derek DietrichRHP A.J. Ramos
    OF Ichiro Suzuki 

     

    DL: RP Carter Capps

     

    Bench: IF Miguel Rojas

    Other Candidates: OF Cole Gillespie, IF Robert Andino, IF/OF Don Kelly, OF Justin Maxwell, 1B/OF Tommy Medica

    Miguel Rojas quietly had a solid season last year in the utility infield role, hitting .282/.329/.366 over 142 at-bats and posting a 1.1 WAR thanks in part to his strong defense. None of the four players locked into a bench spot can play shortstop, so he looks like a fairly safe bet to win that final spot.

     

    No. 5 Starter: LHP Adam Conley

    Other Candidates: RHP Kendry Flores, RHP Edwin Jackson, LHP Justin Nicolino, RHP Jose Urena, RHP Andre Rienzo

    The Marlins signed veteran Edwin Jackson to an MLB deal at the league minimum to compete with a handful of young arms for the No. 5 starter job, and he's not off to a good start, as he allowed eight hits and five earned runs over two innings in his spring debut.

    Adam Conley enjoyed the most success of any of the young guns last year, going 4-1 with a 3.76 ERA and 1.284 WHIP in 11 starts and four relief appearances spanning 67 innings. He's allowed three hits and one run in 4.1 innings so far this spring, and he looks to have pulled into the lead for the job.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Brian Ellington

    Other Candidates: RHP Edwin Jackson, RHP Scott McGough, RHP Nefi Ogando, LHP Craig Breslow, RHP Dustin McGowan, LHP Chris Narveson

    Losing hard-throwing Carter Capps for the year to Tommy John surgery has opened up a spot in the Marlins bullpen.

    Brian Ellington proved effective as a rookie last season, pitching to a 2.88 ERA and 1.200 WHIP over 23 appearances,  and he'll get the first shot at filling that void.

    Keep an eye on veteran Craig Breslow, who has worked a pair of perfect innings and has the lengthy track record of success to catch on as a non-roster invitee.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Chase Anderson is the favorite to grab the No. 5 starter job, but Zach Davies (pictured) is in the running after an impressive debut for the Brewers last season.
    Chase Anderson is the favorite to grab the No. 5 starter job, but Zach Davies (pictured) is in the running after an impressive debut for the Brewers last season.Morry Gash/Associated Press

    Projected Roster (Locks: 17)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Jonathan LucroyRHP Jimmy Nelson
    1B Chris CarterRHP Taylor Jungmann
    2B Scooter GennettRHP Matt Garza
    3B Aaron HillRHP Wily Peralta
    SS Jonathan VillarRHP Zach Davies
    LF Ryan BraunBullpen
    CF Kirk NieuwenhuisLHP Sean Nolin
    RF Domingo SantanaRHP Zack Jones
    BenchLHP Franklin Morales
    C Martin MaldonadoRHP Michael Blazek
    1B Andy WilkinsRHP Tyler Thornburg
    IF Yadiel RiveraLHP Will Smith
    OF Rymer LirianoRHP Jeremy Jeffress
    OF Eric Young Jr. 

     

    DL: None

     

    Bench: 1B Andy Wilkins, IF Yadiel Rivera, OF Rymer Liriano, OF Eric Young Jr.

    Candidates: OF Keon Broxton, 3B/OF Garin Cecchini, OF Ramon Flores, IF/OF Colin Walsh (R5), IF Jake Elmore, 3B Will Middlebrooks, IF Hernan Perez, OF Shane Peterson, OF Alex Presley

    As Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote earlier this spring, backup catcher Martin Maldonado is the only player guaranteed a bench job, as the other four roster spots are wide open.

    Andy Wilkins is making a strong early case for one of the spots, going 3-for-9 with a double and two home runs. He'd provide a left-handed complement for Chris Carter at first base and some pop off the bench.

    Outfielder Rymer Liriano is out of minor league options, and the former Padres top prospect has enough potential that he makes sense as a flier for the rebuilding club.

    Speedy veteran Eric Young Jr. (5-for-12, 3 R) and 23-year-old infielder Yadiel Rivera (5-for-14, 2 2B, 2 HR) have been the two standouts of this group so far this spring, so they get the other two spots for now.

     

    No. 5 Starter: RHP Zach Davies

    Candidates: RHP Chase Anderson, RHP Tyler Cravy, RHP Jorge Lopez, LHP Chris Capuano, LHP Josh Hader

    Chase Anderson appeared to have a beat on the No. 5 starter job after being acquired from the Diamondbacks, but he's allowed eight hits and seven earned runs in 3.2 innings over his first two starts, and that no longer looks to be the case.

    A breakout prospect last season, Zach Davies joined the rotation in September and went 3-2 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.206 WHIP in six starts. He's allowed four hits and one run in three innings this spring, and he has the upside to warrant a rotation spot.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Sean Nolin, LHP Franklin Morales, RHP Zack Jones

    Candidates: RHP David Goforth, RHP Ariel Pena, RHP Blaine Boyer, RHP Hiram Burgos, LHP Chris Capuano

    A former top prospect in the Blue Jays system who was traded to the A's in the Josh Donaldson deal, lefty Sean Nolin has now landed in Milwaukee, where he's out of minor league options and looking to win a bullpen spot.

    He could be joined by another southpaw in Franklin Morales, who was recently signed to a minor league deal. The 30-year-old posted a 3.18 ERA and 1.155 WHIP in 67 games for the Royals last year and should be a lock with a respectable spring.

    The wild card here is Rule 5 pick Zack Jones, who can touch triple digits on the radar gun but has dealt with command problems throughout his career. He's the classic draft-and-stash guy, if the Brewers are willing to commit a roster spot.

Minnesota Twins

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    What will the Twins do with Ricky Nolasco and his $12 million salary?
    What will the Twins do with Ricky Nolasco and his $12 million salary?Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 22)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Kurt SuzukiRHP Phil Hughes
    1B Joe MauerRHP Ervin Santana
    2B Brian DozierRHP Kyle Gibson
    3B Trevor PlouffeRHP Tyler Duffey
    SS Eduardo Escobar*RHP Ricky Nolasco
    LF Eddie RosarioBullpen
    CF Byron Buxton*LHP Tommy Milone
    RF Miguel SanoRHP J.T. Chargois
    DH Byung Ho ParkLHP Fernando Abad
    BenchRHP Casey Fien
    C John Ryan MurphyRHP Trevor May
    IF/OF Eduardo NunezRHP Kevin Jepsen
    IF/OF Danny SantanaLHP Glen Perkins
    OF Oswaldo Arcia 

     

    DL: None

     

    Bench: OF Oswaldo Arcia

    Other Candidates: 1B Kennys Vargas, OF Joe Benson, OF Darin Mastroianni, OF Carlos Quentin, OF Ryan Sweeney, IF Wilfredo Tovar

    The Twins have a number of capable options to round out their bench, but unless they're willing to risk losing Oswaldo Arcia to waivers, he's the likely choice.

    The 24-year-old was a non-factor last year, but he's just a year removed from posting a .752 OPS with 16 doubles and 20 home runs as the team's primary right fielder.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Fernando Abad, RHP J.T. Chargois

    Other Candidates: LHP Mason Melotakis, RHP Alex Meyer, LHP Ryan O'Rourke, RHP Ryan Pressly, RHP Michael Tonkin, LHP Buddy Boshers, RHP Nick Burdi, LHP Logan Darnell, RHP Brandon Kintzler, LHP Aaron Thompson

    The Twins bullpen needs at least one left-hander, and veteran Fernando Abad is the favorite to claim that job given his track record and a strong start to the spring with a pair of scoreless appearances.

    The other relief spot is wide open, and there are a number of young, hard-throwing options for the team to choose from.

    J.T. Chargois has worked three scoreless innings so far this spring, and he had 15 saves, a 2.62 ERA and 9.9 K/9 in 48 minor league appearances last year. He's yet to pitch above Double-A, but he has the power stuff to make the jump if he keeps it up.

     

    *Tommy Milone and Ricky Nolasco are fighting for the No. 5 starter job, but both players figure to make the Opening Day roster.

New York Mets

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    Sean Gilmartin stuck as a Rule 5 pick last year, but now he'll have to battle for a spot in the Mets bullpen.
    Sean Gilmartin stuck as a Rule 5 pick last year, but now he'll have to battle for a spot in the Mets bullpen.Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 23)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Travis d'ArnaudRHP Matt Harvey
    1B Lucas DudaRHP Jacob deGrom
    2B Neil WalkerRHP Noah Syndergaard
    3B David WrightLHP Steven Matz
    SS Asdrubal CabreraRHP Bartolo Colon
    LF Michael ConfortoBullpen
    CF Yoenis CespedesLHP Sean Gilmartin
    RF Curtis GrandersonRHP Jim Henderson
    BenchLHP Jerry Blevins
    C Kevin PlaweckiRHP Erik Goeddel
    IF Wilmer FloresLHP Antonio Bastardo
    IF Ruben TejadaRHP Addison Reed
    OF Alejandro De AzaRHP Jeurys Familia
    OF Juan Lagares 

     

    DL: SP Zack Wheeler, RP Josh Edgin

     

    Bullpen: LHP Sean Gilmartin, RHP Jim Henderson

    Other Candidates: LHP Dariel Alvarez, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Akeel Morris, RHP Logan Verrett, LHP Duane Below, RHP Buddy Carlyle, RHP Stolmy Pimentel

    Sean Gilmartin won a roster spot as a Rule 5 pick last year, and he went on to post a 2.67 ERA, 1.186 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 in 50 appearances.

    Antonio Bastardo was added in free agency to give the bullpen a second veteran lefty alongside Jerry Blevins, but there's no reason to think they won't keep a third if Gilmartin turns in a strong spring, and he's thrown three scoreless innings so far.

    The final spot will be a temporary one, as Hansel Robles is suspended for the first two games of the year but will return to the bullpen after that.

    Former Brewers closer Jim Henderson, who saved 28 games in 2013, has turned heads this spring with four strikeouts over three perfect innings, so he's the front-runner for the time being.

New York Yankees

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    Gary Sanchez is finally ready to make an impact as he looks to win the backup catcher job.
    Gary Sanchez is finally ready to make an impact as he looks to win the backup catcher job.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 21)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Brian McCannRHP Masahiro Tanaka
    1B Mark TeixeiraRHP Luis Severino
    2B Starlin CastroRHP Michael Pineda
    3B Chase HeadleyRHP Nathan Eovaldi
    SS Didi GregoriusLHP CC Sabathia
    LF Brett GardnerBullpen
    CF Jacoby EllsburyRHP Ivan Nova
    RF Carlos BeltranRHP Bryan Mitchell
    DH Alex RodriguezLHP Tyler Olson
    BenchRHP Branden Pinder
    C Austin RomineLHP Chasen Shreve
    IF/OF Dustin AckleyRHP Dellin Betances
    OF Chris DenorfiaLHP Andrew Miller
    OF Aaron Hicks 

     

    DL: None

     

    Backup Catcher: Austin Romine

    Other Candidates: Gary Sanchez, Carlos Corporan

    Austin Romine is out of minor league options, and he's gone 4-for-12 with three doubles to kick off the spring, so pencil him in as the favorite to win the backup catcher job behind Brian McCann.

    However, at some point this season, top prospect Gary Sanchez figures to arrive on the scene after he hit .274/.330/.485 with 23 doubles and 18 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A last year.

     

    Bench: OF Chris Denorfia

    Other Candidates: OF Slade Heathcott, IF Rob Refsnyder, IF Ronald Torreyes, OF Lane Adams, IF Pete Kozma, 1B/OF Chris Parmelee

    The versatility of guys like Dustin Ackley and Starlin Castro should allow the Yankees to get away with not carrying a traditional utility infielder (sorry, Pete Kozma) to start the season.

    Adding another right-handed bat to a bench that features a pair of lefties in Ackley and Aaron Hicks makes sense. Chris Denorfia has hit .285 with a .772 OPS against lefties in his career while also providing solid defense at all three outfield positions.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Tyler Olson, RHP Branden Pinder

    Other Candidates: RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP Nick Goody, LHP Jacob Lindgren, LHP James Pazos, RHP Nick Rumbelow, RHP Kirby Yates, RHP Mark Montgomery, RHP Vinnie Pestano, RHP Anthony Swarzak

    With Aroldis Chapman serving a 30-game suspension and Andrew Miller moving back into the closer's role for the time being, the Yankees will need to find another lefty to fill out their relief corps.

    James Pazos (1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER) and Jacob Lindgren (2.1 IP, 1 H, 4 ER) looked like the favorites for the job, but they have both struggled early this spring, and that could open the door for Tyler Olson (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER).

    Meanwhile, right-hander Branden Pinder probably did enough last season to all but guarantee himself a spot, as he posted a 2.93 ERA and 8.1 K/9 in 25 appearances.

Oakland Athletics

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    Chris Bassitt posted a 3.56 ERA and 1.256 WHIP in 86 innings of work last season.
    Chris Bassitt posted a 3.56 ERA and 1.256 WHIP in 86 innings of work last season.Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 22)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Stephen VogtRHP Sonny Gray
    1B Yonder AlonsoRHP Jesse Hahn
    2B Jed LowrieLHP Rich Hill
    3B Danny ValenciaRHP Kendall Graveman
    SS Marcus SemienRHP Chris Bassitt
    LF Khris DavisBullpen
    CF Billy BurnsLHP Felix Doubront
    RF Josh ReddickRHP Fernando Rodriguez
    DH Billy ButlerLHP Marc Rzepczynski
    BenchRHP John Axford
    C Josh PhegleyRHP Liam Hendriks
    1B/OF Mark CanhaRHP Ryan Madson
    IF/OF Chris CoghlanLHP Sean Doolittle
    OF Coco Crisp 

     

    DL: SP Henderson Alvarez, SP/RP Jarrod Parker

     

    No. 4, 5 Starters: RHP Kendall Graveman, RHP Chris Bassitt

    Other Candidates: LHP Sean Manaea, LHP Dillon Overton, LHP Eric Surkamp

    There will be plenty of moving parts in the Oakland rotation this coming season, as Henderson Alvarez is expected to join the team by midseason, and top prospect Sean Manaea is also on the cusp of making an impact.

    That being said, Kendall Graveman (21 GS, 6-9, 4.05 ERA, 115.2 IP) and Chris Bassitt (13 GS, 1-8, 3.56 ERA, 86.0 IP) have earned the final two spots in the rotation to start the year based on their strong performance last season.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Fernando Rodriguez

    Other Candidates: RHP R.J. Alvarez, RHP Ryan Dull, RHP Angel Castro, RHP Daniel Coulombe

    The A's have completely overhauled their bullpen this offseason, and understandably so, after it was by far their biggest weakness a year ago.

    A healthy Sean Doolittle in the closer's role and lefty Felix Doubront in the swingman spot will join four newcomers, leaving one remaining gig for the other incumbents.

    Of that group, Fernando Rodriguez (56 G, 3.84 ERA, 10.0 K/9) saw the most action last season, and he's struck out four in a pair of scoreless innings so far this spring, so he has to be considered the heavy favorite to round out the pen.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Tyler Goeddel was the top pick in the Rule 5 draft, and he has a great chance of sticking with a rebuilding Phillies club.
    Tyler Goeddel was the top pick in the Rule 5 draft, and he has a great chance of sticking with a rebuilding Phillies club.Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 21)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Cameron RuppRHP Aaron Nola
    1B Ryan HowardRHP Jeremy Hellickson
    2B Cesar HernandezRHP Charlie Morton
    3B Maikel FrancoRHP Jerad Eickhoff
    SS Freddy Galvis*RHP Vincent Velasquez
    LF Cody AscheBullpen
    CF Odubel Herrera*LHP Brett Oberholtzer
    RF Peter BourjosRHP Edward Mujica
    BenchLHP Daniel Stumpf
    C Carlos RuizRHP Jeanmar Gomez
    1B/OF Darin RufRHP Dalier Hinojosa
    IF Andres BlancoRHP Luis Garcia
    IF Ryan JacksonRHP David Hernandez
    OF Tyler Goeddel 

     

    DL: OF Aaron Altherr, SP Matt Harrison, RP Mario Hollands

     

    Bench: IF Ryan Jackson, OF Tyler Goeddel

    Other Candidates: IF Taylor Featherston, IF/OF Darnell Sweeney, IF Emmanuel Burriss, OF David Lough, 1B Brock Stassi

    Losing outfielder Aaron Altherr for four to six months following wrist surgery should all but assure Rule 5 selection Tyler Goeddel a spot as the team's fourth outfielder, and he'll have a shot to play his way into a more significant role.

    As for the final bench spot, non-roster invitee Ryan Jackson is making a strong case with a 6-for-13 start to the spring that includes a double and four runs scored.

    The 27-year-old has consistently put up solid numbers in the minors, including a .295/.372/.378 line in Triple-A last year, but he's seen just 39 career plate appearances in the big leagues.

     

    Bullpen Spots: RHP Edward Mujica, LHP Daniel Stumpf

    Other Candidates: LHP Elvis Araujo, RHP Michael Mariot, RHP Hector Neris, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Greg Burke, RHP Ernesto Frieri, LHP Bobby LaFromboise, RHP Yoervis Medina, LHP James Russell

    There is no shortage of intriguing names vying for a spot in the Phillies bullpen, as former closers Edward Mujica, Ernesto Frieri and Andrew Bailey are in the mix, as well as Yoervis Medina and James Russell, who have seen considerable success at the MLB level.

    That being said, Rule 5 pick Daniel Stumpf has done everything in his power to make the team to this point with just one hit, zero walks and five strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

    Assuming he grabs one of the two open spots, you could really draw a name out of a hat at this point among those aforementioned veterans for the final bullpen gig. We'll put our chips on Mujica winning the job, but that's nothing short of a guess.

     

    *Whoever loses out on the No. 5 starter job between Vincent Velasquez and Brett Oberholtzer has a very good chance of serving as the team's long reliever. Oberholtzer, in particular, is all but assured of a job, as he's out of minor league options, but we'll call both a lock for now.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Eric O'Flaherty is looking to be the latest pitcher to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh.
    Eric O'Flaherty is looking to be the latest pitcher to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh.Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

    Projected Roster (Locks: 22)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Francisco CervelliRHP Gerrit Cole
    1B John JasoLHP Francisco Liriano
    *2B Alen HansonLHP Jon Niese
    3B Josh HarrisonRHP Ryan Vogelsong
    SS Jordy MercerLHP Jeff Locke
    LF Starling MarteBullpen
    CF Andrew McCutchenLHP Kyle Lobstein
    RF Gregory PolancoRHP Juan Nicasio
    BenchRHP Neftali Feliz
    C Chris StewartRHP Jared Hughes
    1B/OF Michael MorseRHP Arquimedes Caminero
    IF Pedro FlorimonLHP Tony Watson
    IF/OF Sean RodriguezRHP Mark Melancon
    OF Matt Joyce 

     

    DL: SS/3B Jung Ho Kang

     

    Bench: IF Pedro Florimon, OF Matt Joyce

    Other Candidates: 1B/OF Jacob Goebbert, 1B/3B Jason Rogers, IF Cole Figueroa

    Infielder Pedro Florimon drew the ire of Pirates fans last season on his way to hitting .087/.160/.174 over 25 plate appearances, but he's a useful late-inning defensive replacement and should be able to grab one of the two bench spots.

    Former All-Star Matt Joyce will have every opportunity to win the other one, as the bench could certainly use his left-handed bat in the fourth outfielder role.

    Jason Rogers was a pleasant surprise for the Brewers last season, but he's a redundant piece on the roster with Michael Morse around.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Kyle Lobstein

    Other Candidates: RHP John Holdzkom, RHP Rob Scahill, RHP Wilfredo Boscan, LHP Jim Fuller, LHP Cory Luebke, LHP Kelvin Marte, LHP Eric O'Flaherty, LHP Robert Zarate

    Who will be the latest reclamation project for pitching coach Ray Searage?

    It may very well be Neftali Feliz, who is guaranteed a bullpen spot after signing a one-year, $3.9 million deal, but there are plenty of other options.

    The bullpen is in need of a second left-hander after Antonio Bastardo departed in free agency, and non-roster invitees Cory Luebke and Eric O'Flaherty will get a long look as they try to resurrect their careers.

    Kyle Lobstein looks like the favorite for the job right now, though, as he'd also fill the role of long reliever. He's tossed three scoreless innings so far this preseason.

     

    *If Jung Ho Kang is ready for Opening Day, which looks like a long shot, it will likely be Josh Harrison at second, Kang at third and Hanson back to Triple-A. If Kang does go on the DL as expected, Hanson looks like a lock to be the starting second baseman.

San Diego Padres

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    A breakout prospect last season, Colin Rea is now looking to break camp with a rotation spot.
    A breakout prospect last season, Colin Rea is now looking to break camp with a rotation spot.Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 20)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Derek NorrisRHP Tyson Ross
    1B Wil MyersRHP James Shields
    2B Cory SpangenbergRHP Andrew Cashner
    3B Yangervis Solarte*LHP Robbie Erlin
    SS Alexei RamirezRHP Colin Rea
    LF Jon JayBullpen
    CF Melvin Upton*RHP Brandon Maurer
    RF Matt KempRHP Carlos Villanueva
    BenchLHP Matt Thornton
    C Austin HedgesRHP Kevin Quackenbush
    1B Brett WallaceRHP Nick Vincent
    IF Alexi AmaristaLHP Drew Pomeranz
    IF/OF Jemile WeeksRHP Fernando Rodney
    OF Jabari Blash 

     

    DL: None

     

    Backup Catcher: Austin Hedges

    Other Candidates: Christian Bethancourt, Rocky Gale, Erik Kratz

    It's unlikely the Padres would be able to sneak newly-acquired Christian Bethancourt through waivers, and he's out of minor league options, but he's not going to stand in the way of Austin Hedges if he keeps hitting.

    Always considered an elite defensive backstop, Hedges hit just .168/.215/.248 in 137 at-bats as a rookie last season. He's off to a hot start this spring, though, going 3-for-10 with a double, two home runs and six RBI.

     

    Bench: IF Jemile Weeks, OF Jabari Blash

    Other Candidates: OF Alex Dickerson, IF/OF Jose Pirela, IF Nick Noonan, IF Adam Rosales

    That's right, folks. I'm predicting both Weeks brothers to be an Opening Day roster. Easily the riskiest prediction I've ever made.

    Jemile Weeks is off to a 5-for-11 start with a double and a triple, and given his ability to play infield and outfield, he appears to be in direct competition with Jose Pirela, who is 4-for-17 and still has a minor league option.

    Rule 5 pick Jabari Blash gets the other spot here, despite a 1-for-11 start to the spring with six strikeouts. It's his intriguing power potential that wins him a job, as he posted a .946 OPS with 32 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A last year.

     

    No. 5 Starter: RHP Colin Rea

    Other Candidates: RHP Brandon Maurer, RHP Brandon Morrow

    Things get a bit convoluted when it comes to predicting the Padres rotation, but allow me to explain.

    Brandon Maurer and Robbie Erlin are both competing with Colin Rea for two rotation spots, and while Rea will likely head to the minors if he doesn't crack the rotation, Maurer and Erlin are both locks for the roster in some capacity.

    Now that being said, Rea is off to a great start in complicating things, as he's made a pair of starts and worked five shutout innings.

    "You don’t doubt guys who have a relentless work ethic and are willing to show up and work hard every day," manager Andy Green told Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "That describes who Colin is. With guys like that, they always exceed expectations."

     

    Bullpen: LHP Matt Thornton

    Other Candidates: LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Leonel Campos, RHP Jon Edwards, RHP Cory Mazzoni, RHP Cesar Vargas, RHP Josh Martin (R5), RHP Luis Perdomo (R5), RHP Blake Smith (R5), LHP Frank Garces, RHP Casey Janssen

    In another roll of the dice pick, we'll go with the recently signed Matt Thornton to claim the final spot in the Padres bullpen.

    They need a second lefty to go along with Drew Pomeranz, and the 37-year-old Thornton proved he still has plenty in the tank with a 2.18 ERA and 1.065 WHIP over 60 appearances.

    That is unless the team is set on keeping one of their three Rule 5 guys, as Luis Perdomo in particular has big-time upside.

     

    *Regardless of whether they win a rotation spot or not, Brandon Maurer and Robbie Erlin figure to be on the Opening Day roster in some capacity.

San Francisco Giants

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    Despite a strong September, it's still unclear how Jarrett Parker fits into the Giants' 2016 plans.
    Despite a strong September, it's still unclear how Jarrett Parker fits into the Giants' 2016 plans.Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 23)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Buster PoseyLHP Madison Bumgarner
    1B Brandon BeltRHP Johnny Cueto
    2B Joe PanikRHP Jeff Samardzija
    3B Matt DuffyRHP Jake Peavy
    SS Brandon Crawford*RHP Matt Cain
    LF Angel PaganBullpen
    CF Denard Span*RHP Chris Heston
    RF Hunter PenceLHP Josh Osich
    BenchRHP George Kontos
    C Andrew SusacRHP Hunter Strickland
    IF Ehire AdrianzaLHP Javier Lopez
    IF Kelby TomlinsonRHP Sergio Romo
    OF Gregor BlancoRHP Santiago Casilla
    OF Jarrett Parker 

     

    DL: None

     

    Bench: OF Jarrett Parker

    Other Candidates: 1B/OF Kyle Blanks, 3B Conor Gillaspie, IF/OF Grant Green, OF Gorkys Hernandez

    Jarrett Parker made a splash last season as a September call-up, hitting .400/.467/.900 with two doubles, six home runs and 14 RBI in 40 at-bats.

    Given the injury questions surrounding both Angel Pagan and Denard Span, he could wind up playing a significant role on the 2016 Giants, and at this point, the 27-year-old doesn't have anything to gain from being sent back to the minors.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Josh Osich

    Other Candidates: RHP Mike Broadway, *RHP Cory Gearrin, RHP Chris Heston, LHP Steven Okert, RHP Vin Mazzaro

    Assuming the final bullpen spot goes to a left-hander to compliment Javier Lopez, it seems to be between Josh Osich and Steven Okert.

    Osich pitched to a 2.20 ERA, 1.116 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 in 35 appearances with the big club last season, while Okert had a 3.82 ERA, 1.484 WHIP and 10.1 K/9 in 52 games for Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advantage Osich at this point.

     

    *Assuming Matt Cain is healthy, he'll open the season as the No. 5 starter, and Chris Heston will be in the bullpen as the long reliever. If Cain starts the year on the DL, Heston would move into the rotation and that would open up another bullpen spot. Cory Gearrin would be the pick to fill out the pen in that scenario.

Seattle Mariners

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    Newcomer Nathan Karns (pictured) is battling with James Paxton for the No. 5 starter job.
    Newcomer Nathan Karns (pictured) is battling with James Paxton for the No. 5 starter job.Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

    Projected Roster (Locks: 21)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Chris IannettaRHP Felix Hernandez
    1B Adam LindRHP Hisashi Iwakuma
    2B Robinson CanoRHP Taijuan Walker
    3B Kyle SeagerLHP Wade Miley
    SS Ketel MarteRHP Nate Karns
    LF Nori AokiBullpen
    CF Leonys MartinLHP Mike Montgomery
    RF Seth SmithRHP Blake Parker
    DH Nelson CruzRHP Joel Peralta
    BenchRHP Tony Zych
    C Steve ClevengerLHP Charlie Furbush
    1B Jesus MonteroRHP Joaquin Benoit
    IF Shawn O'MalleyRHP Steve Cishek
    OF Franklin Gutierrez 

     

    DL: C Jesus Sucre, RP Ryan Cook, RP Evan Scribner

     

    Utility Infielder: Shawn O'Malley

    Other Candidates: Luis Sardinas, Chris Taylor, Benji Gonzalez, Tyler Smith

    Shawn O'Malley is off to a hot start in the battle for the Mariners' utility infield job, going 6-for-12 with six runs scored and four stolen bases in his first seven spring games

    Luis Sardinas and Chris Taylor would probably benefit more from seeing regular at-bats in the minors than filling a bench spot, so at this point, O'Malley looks like the odds-on favorite. 

     

    No. 5 Starter: RHP Nate Karns

    Other Candidates: LHP James Paxton

    Acquiring Wade Miley and then unexpectedly re-signing Hisashi Iwakuma has left the Mariners with six starters vying for five rotation spots.

    It boils down to a battle between James Paxton and Nate Karns for the No. 5 starter job, and so far, Karns has taken the early lead.

    Both pitchers have worked five innings this spring. Karns has allowed six hits and two runs (one earned), while Paxton has allowed seven hits and four runs (all earned).

     

    Bullpen: RHP Blake Parker, RHP Joel Peralta

    Other Candidates: RHP Jonathan Aro, RHP Justin De Fratus, RHP Mayckol Guaipe, RHP Cody Martin, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP David Rollins, RHP Casey Coleman

    Joel Peralta admittedly did not have the best year for the Dodgers last season, but he's long been one of the most durable and effective setup men in baseball. He's twirled three perfect innings so far this spring, and he looks like a great find on a minor league deal.

    The other available bullpen spot was opened up by a lat injury to Evan Scribner, and Blake Parker could seize that opportunity to re-establish himself.

    Parker, 30, had a great season with the Cubs in 2013, when he posted a 2.72 ERA, 1.165 WHIP and 10.7 K/9 over 46.1 innings. However, he's been unable to duplicate that success since.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Tyler Lyons has a chance to replace both Carlos Villanueva in the long relief role and Randy Choate in the second left-hander role.
    Tyler Lyons has a chance to replace both Carlos Villanueva in the long relief role and Randy Choate in the second left-hander role.Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 22)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Yadier MolinaRHP Adam Wainwright
    1B Matt AdamsRHP Carlos Martinez
    2B Kolten WongRHP Michael Wacha
    3B Matt CarpenterRHP Mike Leake
    SS Jedd GyorkoLHP Jaime Garcia
    LF Matt HollidayBullpen
    CF Randal GrichukLHP Tyler Lyons
    RF Stephen PiscottyRHP Jonathan Broxton
    BenchRHP Seth Maness
    C Brayan PenaRHP Seung Hwan Oh
    1B/OF Brandon MossRHP Jordan Walden
    IF Aledmys DiazLHP Kevin Siegrist
    IF Greg GarciaRHP Trevor Rosenthal
    OF Tommy Pham 

     

    DL: SS Jhonny Peralta, SP Lance Lynn

     

    Bench: IF Aledmys Diaz, IF Greg Garcia

    Candidates: IF Dean Anna, OF Anthony Garcia, OF Carlos Peguero

    Losing shortstop Jhonny Peralta for two to three months with a thumb injury could set up a shortstop-by-committee situation of sorts for the Cardinals to begin the year.

    Jedd Gyorko is a lock for the roster and could get the first crack at winning the bulk of the playing time, but adding Greg Garcia and Aledmys Diaz to the roster would give the team multiple options.

    Garcia profiles more as a utility infielder in the long term, but Diaz has some intriguing upside.

    The 25-year-old Cuban defector signed a four-year, $8 million deal two years ago, and he hit .278/.339/.445 with 28 doubles, 13 home runs and 52 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A last year.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Tyler Lyons

    Other Candidates: RHP Mitch Harris, RHP Miguel Socolovich, RHP Sam Tuivailala, RHP Matt Bowman (R5), RHP Juan Gonzalez, RHP Jeremy Hefner

    The Cardinals can kill two birds with one stone by going with Tyler Lyons to round out their bullpen.

    A starter for most of his career, he's an obvious replacement for Carlos Villanueva in the long relief/swingman role.

    However, he also proved to be an effective middle reliever down the stretch last season, so using him to also replace Randy Choate as the second left-hander in the bullpen could make him an important arm in multiple roles.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Brandon Guyer is out of minor league options, so the Rays will need to give him a bench spot or risk losing him.
    Brandon Guyer is out of minor league options, so the Rays will need to give him a bench spot or risk losing him.Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 21)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Curt CasaliRHP Chris Archer
    1B James LoneyRHP Jake Odorizzi
    2B Logan ForsytheLHP Drew Smyly
    3B Evan LongoriaRHP Erasmo Ramirez
    SS Brad MillerLHP Matt Moore
    LF Desmond JenningsBullpen
    CF Kevin KiermaierLHP Enny Romero
    RF Corey DickersonLHP Dana Eveland
    DH Logan MorrisonRHP Ryan Webb
    BenchRHP Danny Farquhar
    C Hank CongerLHP Xavier Cedeno
    1B/OF Steve PearceRHP Alex Colome
    IF Nick FranklinRHP Brad Boxberger
    OF Brandon Guyer 

     

    DL: SP Alex Cobb, SP Chase Whitley

     

    Backup Catcher: Hank Conger

    Other Candidates: Luke Maile, Rene Rivera

    The Rays' decision to tender Rene Rivera a contract is still a head-scratcher. He hit .178 with an .489 OPS for a horrible minus-2.0 WAR last year, then had the audacity to complain about his playing time when he was benched.

    The decision then became even more puzzling when Hank Conger was acquired from the Astros.

    They're on the hook for $1.7 million with Rivera, but he looks like a fairly obvious choice to be the odd man out.

     

    Bench: IF Nick Franklin, OF Brandon Guyer

    Other Candidates: IF Tim Beckham, OF Mikie Mahtook, IF/OF Taylor Motter, OF Steven Souza, OF Jaff Decker

    Brandon Guyer is out of minor league options, and after posting a combined 3.5 WAR the past two seasons while showing a good mix of power, speed and defense, it's hard to see him making it through waivers.

    That fact, coupled with the addition of Corey Dickerson, appears to mean Steven Souza is headed for Triple-A to start the year.

    That leaves the final bench spot to the utility infielder, a battle between Tim Beckham and Nick Franklin. Both players have options, so it will come down to who has the better spring, and right now, that's Franklin at 4-for-11 with a double.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Dana Eveland

    Other Candidates: RHP Matt Andriese, RHP Andrew Bellatti, RHP Steven Geltz, RHP Eddie Gamboa, LHP Jonny Venters, LHP Adam Wilk

    No one is better at piecing together a solid bullpen with spare parts than the Rays, and the latest spare part that might make an impact is Dana Eveland.

    The 32-year-old former starter has allowed just one hit in 3.2 innings so far this spring, and he would give the team a second left-hander besides long-man Enny Romero.

    "I feel like I can help somewhere," Eveland told Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times. "I can throw multiple innings. I can get a lefty out. Whatever they want me to go. I also feel like I'm a different guy to lean on for the younger guys, to ask questions at least. I've done it all."

Texas Rangers

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    Nick Martinez is vying for the open rotation spot that Yu Darvish will eventually occupy.
    Nick Martinez is vying for the open rotation spot that Yu Darvish will eventually occupy.Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 21)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Robinson ChirinosLHP Cole Hamels
    1B Mitch MorelandLHP Derek Holland
    2B Rougned OdorRHP Colby Lewis
    3B Adrian BeltreLHP Martin Perez
    SS Elvis AndrusRHP Chi Chi Gonzalez
    LF Ian DesmondBullpen
    CF Delino DeShields Jr.LHP Andrew Faulkner
    RF Shin-Soo ChooRHP Tony Barnette
    DH Prince FielderRHP Sam Dyson
    BenchLHP Jake Diekman
    C Chris GimenezRHP Tom Wilhelmsen
    IF Hanser AlbertoRHP Keone Kela
    IF/OF Ryan RuaRHP Shawn Tolleson
    OF Justin Ruggiano 

     

    DL: SP Yu Darvish, LF Josh Hamilton, RP Tanner Scheppers

     

    Bench: IF Hanser Alberto, IF/OF Ryan Rua

    Other Candidates: 3B/OF Patrick Kivlehan, IF Jurickson Profar, IF Pedro Ciriaco, 1B Ike Davis, OF James Jones, OF Drew Stubbs

    As tempting as it will be for the Rangers to throw former top prospect Jurickson Profar on the roster now that he's healthy, the best course of action is to give him regular at-bats in the minors to get his feet back under him.

    That makes Hanser Albert a fairly easy choice for the utility infield job, and from there, it simply comes down to the most productive member of the remaining bench options.

    Ryan Rua is 8-for-16 with four doubles so far this spring, so he gets the nod for now.

    One thing to consider is that Gimenez, Alberto and Ruggiano are all right-handed hitters, and so too is Rua, so the team may prefer to bring on someone like Ike Davis as the final bench bat to add a lefty to the mix.

     

    No. 5 Starter: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez

    Other Candidates: RHP Nick Martinez, RHP Jeremy Guthrie, RHP Nick Tepesch

    While Yu Darvish continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery, someone will need to fill the fifth spot in the Rangers rotation.

    Nick Martinez and Chi Chi Gonzalez are the leading candidates, and both guys have pitched well so far.

    Gonzalez has made two starts and allowed just four hits in five scoreless innings, while Martinez has pitched two innings in relief and allowed one hit and no runs.

     

    Bullpen: LHP Andrew Faulkner

    Other Candidates: LHP Alex Claudio, LHP Sam Freeman, RHP Luke Jackson, RHP Steve Johnson, RHP Cesar Ramos, RHP Nick Tepesch

    The seventh bullpen spot for the Rangers will almost certainly go to a left-hander to use alongside Jake Diekman.

    Andrew Faulkner has been used as a starter in the minors, and he currently ranks as the team's No. 12 prospect, according to the Baseball America Prospect Handbook. He could be a fit as the second lefty and long reliever, and he's pitched well so far this spring with three shutout innings.

    If the team prefers to keep him stretched out as a starter, Sam Freeman or Alex Claudio are both capable options as well.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    The addition of Gavin Floyd on a guaranteed deal could mean Drew Hutchison (pictured) starts the year in the minors.
    The addition of Gavin Floyd on a guaranteed deal could mean Drew Hutchison (pictured) starts the year in the minors.Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 21)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Russell MartinRHP Marcus Stroman
    1B Chris ColabelloRHP R.A. Dickey
    2B Ryan GoinsRHP Marco Estrada
    3B Josh DonaldsonLHP J.A. Happ
    SS Troy Tulowitzki*RHP Aaron Sanchez
    LF Michael SaundersBullpen
    CF Kevin Pillar*RHP Gavin Floyd
    RF Jose Bautista LHP Scott Diamond
    DH Edwin Encarnacion RHP Steve Delabar
    BenchRHP Jesse Chavez
    C Josh TholeLHP Brett Cecil
    1B Justin Smoak*RHP Roberto Osuna
    IF Darwin Barney*RHP Drew Storen
    OF Junior Lake 

     

    DL: 2B Devon Travis, RP Aaron Loup

     

    Bench: IF Darwin Barney, OF Junior Lake

    Other Candidates: OF Ezequiel Carrera, OF Darrell Ceciliani, 3B Matt Dominguez, IF David Adams, OF Domonic Brown, 1B Casey Kotchman

    The Blue Jays bench will likely feature Ryan Goins in a utility role once Devon Travis returns, but for the time being, he's slated to be the everyday second baseman, so someone will need to step in as the backup infielder.

    Former Gold Glove winner Darwin Barney is a solid stopgap option, and he's off to a nice start this spring at 6-for-13 with three doubles.

    The other bench job will be the fourth outfielder, where Ezequiel Carrera, Junior Lake and non-roster invitee Domonic Brown are all in the mix.

    Carrera may have an edge because he can play center field, but Lake is capable of impressing with his raw tools this spring and just might walk away with the job.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Steve Delabar, LHP Scott Diamond

    Candidates: RHP Drew Hutchison, RHP Arnold Leon, RHP Ben Rowen, RHP Bo Schultz, RHP Ryan Tepera, SHP Pat Venditte, RHP Joe Biagini (R5), RHP David Aardsma, RHP Roberto Hernandez, RHP Chad Jenkins, LHP Wade LeBlanc, RHP Brad Penny, RHP Rafael Soriano

    Former All-Star Steve Delabar may not be a lock for the pen, but he's out of minor league options, so there's a good chance he'll be in one of the two open bullpen spots.

    The other will likely go to a left-hander, as Aaron Loup is set to start the year on the disabled list, and former starter and non-roster invitee Scott Diamond could be a dark horse with three scoreless innings under his belt.

    The curveball here would be if the team decides to keep Drew Hutchison around as a reliever, or if he surprises and wins the No. 5 starter job. We'll jump that hurdle when we get to it, though.

     

    *Position battles are ongoing for the No. 5 starter and closer jobs, but Aaron Sanchez, Gavin Floyd, Roberto Osuna and Drew Storen will all be on the 25-man roster in some capacity.

Washington Nationals

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    Can Bronson Arroyo secure the No. 5 starter job as a non-roster invitee?
    Can Bronson Arroyo secure the No. 5 starter job as a non-roster invitee?Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Projected Roster (Locks: 21)

    Starting LineupStarting Rotation
    C Wilson RamosRHP Max Scherzer
    1B Ryan ZimmermanRHP Stephen Strasburg
    2B Daniel MurphyLHP Gio Gonzalez
    3B Anthony RendonRHP Joe Ross
    SS Danny Espinosa RHP Tanner Roark
    LF Jayson WerthBullpen
    CF Ben RevereRHP Yusmeiro Petit
    RF Bryce Harper RHP Blake Treinen
    BenchLHP Felipe Rivero
    C Jose LobatonRHP Trevor Gott
    1B/OF Clint RobinsonLHP Oliver Perez
    IF Stephen DrewRHP Shawn Kelley
    IF Scott SizemoreRHP Jonathan Papelbon
    OF Michael Taylor 

     

    Bench: 1B/OF Clint Robinson, IF Scott Sizemore

    Candidates: OF Matt den Dekker, 1B/OF Tyler Moore, OF Tony Campana, OF Chris Heisey, OF Reed Johnson, IF Brendan Ryan, OF Logan Schafer

    Tyler Moore and Clint Robinson are very similar first basemen/outfielders who provide pop off the bench, and both players found a home on the roster last year.

    Now they're both out of minor league options, and with Scott Sizemore off to a red-hot start this spring (6-for-11, 2 2B, 3 HR) and capable of providing more defensive versatility, one may wind up as the odd man out.

    Sizemore is a right-handed hitter, so assuming he makes the roster, keeping the left-handed-hitting Robinson makes the most sense.

     

    No. 5 Starter: RHP Tanner Roark

    Other Candidates: RHP Bronson Arroyo

    The Nationals brought veteran Bronson Arroyo aboard on a minor league deal that will be worth a $2 million base salary if he makes the roster, and it could escalate to $8 million with incentives.

    However, first the 39-year-old needs to prove he's healthy and still capable of getting big league hitters out, and even then, there's no guarantee he'll beat out a solid option in Tanner Roark.

    The odds are stacked against Arroyo, and we're betting on Roark who has tossed five scoreless innings in pursuit of protecting his rotation spot.

     

    Bullpen: RHP Blake Treinen

    Other Candidates: RHP Abel De Los Santos, LHP Matt Grace, RHP Rafael Martin, LHP Sammy Solis, RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Burke Badenhop, LHP Sean Burnett, RHP Nick Masset

    Matt Belisle, Burke Badenhop and Sean Burnett will all get long looks on minor league deals, but hard-throwing Blake Treinen has to be the favorite to round out the bullpen.

    The 27-year-old made 60 appearances last season, posting a 3.86 ERA, 1.389 WHIP and 8.6 K/9 in 67.2 innings of work.

     

    All standard stats and WAR totals courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com, unless otherwise noted.