Final 28-Man MLB Roster Predictions 1 Week from 2022 Opening Day

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2022

Final 28-Man MLB Roster Predictions 1 Week from 2022 Opening Day

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    After another long, cold offseason, there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the start of the 2022 MLB season fast approaching.

    We rolled out our Opening Day lineup predictions two weeks ago, and now that we're even closer to the start of the season, it's time to broaden our focus to full rosters.

    Here, we've provided our best guesses for the 28 players who will break camp with each MLB team. Rosters are expanded to 28 players for the first month of the season to make up for the abbreviated spring training, and most teams will likely choose to add a few additional arms to their bullpen.

    Each team's roster includes a starting lineup, bench, starting rotation, bullpen and injured list. Those are followed by a quick rundown of the team's biggest roster decisions.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Ketel Marte
    Ketel MarteNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: 3B Josh Rojas, 2B Ketel Marte, CF Daulton Varsho, 1B Christian Walker, LF David Peralta, C Carson Kelly, DH Seth Beer, RF Pavin Smith, SS Geraldo Perdomo

    Bench: C Jose Herrera, 1B/3B Drew Ellis, IF Sergio Alcantara, OF Cooper Hummel

    Starting Rotation: LHP Madison Bumgarner, RHP Merrill Kelly, RHP Luke Weaver, RHP Zach Davies, RHP Zac Gallen

    Bullpen: LHP Tyler Gilbert, RHP Sean Poppen, LHP Kyle Nelson, RHP Humberto Castellanos, LHP Oliver Perez, RHP J.B. Wendelken, LHP Caleb Smith, RHP Noe Ramirez, RHP Ian Kennedy, RHP Mark Melancon

    IL: SS Nick Ahmed, RHP J.B. Bukauskas, OF Jordan Luplow



    After receiving a cortisone injection in his right shoulder on Tuesday, shortstop Nick Ahmed is expected to start the season on the injured list, opening the door for 22-year-old Geraldo Perdomo to earn a spot on the roster. Ace Zac Gallen has been slowed by shoulder bursitis this spring, and while he won't be ready for the Opening Day start, he may be able to avoid a trip to the injured list.

Atlanta Braves

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    Matt Olson
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    Starting Lineup: LF Eddie Rosario, 2B Ozzie Albies, 1B Matt Olson, 3B Austin Riley, LF Marcell Ozuna, DH Alex Dickerson, CF Adam Duvall, SS Dansby Swanson, C Travis d'Arnaud

    Bench: C Manny Pina, IF/OF Orlando Arcia, IF/OF Phil Gosselin, OF Guillermo Heredia

    Starting Rotation: LHP Max Fried, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP Ian Anderson, RHP Huascar Ynoa, LHP Tucker Davidson, RHP Kyle Wright

    Bullpen: RHP Spencer Strider, LHP Sean Newcomb, RHP Darren O'Day, RHP Tyler Thornburg, LHP A.J. Minter, RHP Collin McHugh, LHP Will Smith, LHP Tyler Matzek, RHP Kenley Jansen

    IL: OF Ronald Acuna Jr., RHP Luke Jackson, RHP Mike Soroka



    The Braves still need to sort out the final two spots in their starting rotation, though.Huascar Ynoa, Tucker Davidson and Kyle Wright all figure to be on the Opening Day roster in some capacity. Hard-throwing Spencer Strider is also pitching his way onto the staff this spring with 4.1 scoreless innings. Utility man Phil Gosselin and reliever Darren O'Day are both non-roster invitees, so Atlanta will need to make corresponding 40-man roster moves.

Baltimore Orioles

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    John Means
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    Starting Lineup: CF Cedric Mullins, 1B Ryan Mountcastle, LF Austin Hays, RF Anthony Santander, DH Trey Mancini, 2B Ramon Urias, 3B Tyler Nevin, C Robinson Chirinos, SS Jorge Mateo

    Bench: C Jacob Nottingham, IF Rougned Odor, IF/OF Chris Owings, OF DJ Stewart

    Starting Rotation: LHP John Means, RHP Jordan Lyles, LHP Zac Lowther, RHP Tyler Wells, LHP Bruce Zimmermann

    Bullpen: LHP Keegan Akin, RHP Bryan Baker, RHP Felix Bautista, RHP Joey Krehbiel, LHP Cionel Perez, RHP Jorge Lopez, LHP Paul Fry, RHP Dillon Tate, LHP Tanner Scott, RHP Cole Sulser

    IL: RHP Isaac Mattson



    If the Orioles decide to send Tyler Nevin back to Triple-A to start the year, light-hitting Kelvin Gutierrez would again start the year penciled in at third base. The 27-year-old is out of minor league options and could be cut loose if Nevin gets the nod. Shortstop Jorge Mateo and pitchers Jorge Lopez and Cionel Perez are also out of options, so they are all likely to be included when the team breaks camp.

Boston Red Sox

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    Trevor Story
    Trevor StoryBillie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: CF Enrique Hernandez, 3B Rafael Devers, SS Xander Bogaerts, DH J.D. Martinez, 2B Trevor Story, LF Alex Verdugo, 1B Bobby Dalbec, RF Jackie Bradley Jr., C Christian Vazquez

    Bench: C Kevin Plawecki, 1B/3B Travis Shaw, IF Christian Arroyo, OF Rob Refsnyder

    Starting Rotation: RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Nick Pivetta, RHP Tanner Houck, LHP Rich Hill, RHP Michael Wacha

    Bullpen: LHP Austin Davis, LHP Derek Holland, RHP Eduard Bazardo, LHP Darwinzon Hernandez, RHP Hirokazu Sawamura, LHP Matt Strahm, RHP Ryan Brasier, RHP Garrett Whitlock, LHP Jake Diekman, RHP Matt Barnes

    IL: LHP Chris Sale, LHP Josh Taylor



    The Red Sox will have a decision to make on who gets bumped from the starting rotation once Chris Sale returns from the injured list. After young outfielder Jarren Duran was optioned to the minors, non-roster invitee Rob Refsnyder appears to have an inside track on a roster spot, while corner infielder Travis Shaw and left-hander Derek Holland are also in position to make good on minor league deals.

Chicago Cubs

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    Seiya Suzuki
    Seiya SuzukiChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: LF Rafael Ortega, 1B Frank Schwindel, C Willson Contreras, DH Ian Happ, RF Seiya Suzuki, 3B Patrick Wisdom, CF Jason Heyward, SS Andrelton Simmons, 2B Nick Madrigal

    Bench: C Yan Gomes, IF/OF Nico Hoerner, IF/OF Jonathan Villar, OF Clint Frazier, OF Michael Hermosillo

    Starting Rotation: RHP Kyle Hendricks, RHP Marcus Stroman, LHP Drew Smyly, RHP Alec Mills, LHP Justin Steele

    Bullpen: RHP Keegan Thompson, RHP Scott Effross, RHP Manuel Rodriguez, RHP Jesse Chavez, LHP Daniel Norris, RHP Chris Martin, RHP Rowan Wick, RHP David Robertson, RHP Mychal Givens

    IL: RHP Adbert Alzolay, IF David Bote, RHP Codi Heuer, LHP Wade Miley, LHP Brad Wieck



    The Cubs could use some combination of Alec Mills, Justin Steele and Keegan Thompson to chew up bulk innings early in the season while those pitchers continue to stretch out to a larger workload. Submarine pitcher Scott Effross provides a different look, and after making his MLB debut last year, he has not allowed an earned run in five innings this spring to gain the upper hand on the final bullpen spot.

Chicago White Sox

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    Luis Robert
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    Starting Lineup: SS Tim Anderson, CF Luis Robert, 1B Jose Abreu, C Yasmani Grandal, LF Eloy Jimenez, 3B Yoan Moncada, RF AJ Pollock, DH Gavin Sheets, 2B Josh Harrison

    Bench: C Seby Zavala, 1B/OF Andrew Vaughn, IF/OF Leury Garcia, OF Micker Adolfo, OF Adam Engel

    Starting Rotation: RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Dylan Cease, LHP Dallas Keuchel, RHP Michael Kopech

    Bullpen: RHP Reynaldo Lopez, RHP Vince Velasquez, LHP Bennett Sousa, RHP Kyle Crick, RHP Ryan Burr, RHP Jose Ruiz, RHP Kendall Graveman, LHP Aaron Bummer, RHP Liam Hendriks

    IL: LHP Garrett Crochet, RHP Joe Kelly, C Yermin Mercedes



    The fact that catcher Seby Zavala and outfielder Micker Adolfo are out of minor league options improves their chances of winning a spot ahead of Zack Collins, Danny Mendick, Jake Burger and recent trade pickup Adam Haseley, all of whom have options remaining. Gavin Sheets, Adam Engel, Leury Garcia, Andrew Vaughn and Adolfo will all see playing time in right field and in the DH role. Can non-roster invitee Kyle Crick win a bullpen spot?

Cincinnati Reds

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    Jonathan India
    Jonathan IndiaCharlie Riedel/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: 2B Jonathan India, RF Tyler Naquin, 1B Joey Votto, C Tyler Stephenson, 3B Mike Moustakas, LF Tommy Pham, DH Colin Moran, SS Kyle Farmer, CF Nick Senzel

    Bench: C Andrew Knapp, IF Max Schrock, OF Shogo Akiyama, OF Aristides Aquino, OF Jake Fraley

    Starting Rotation: RHP Tyler Mahle, LHP Reiver Sanmartin, RHP Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP Hunter Greene, RHP Tony Santillan

    Bullpen: RHP Ben Lively, RHP Ryan Hendrix, RHP Dauri Moreta, RHP Buck Farmer, RHP Jeff Hoffman, LHP Justin Wilson, RHP Art Warren, RHP Luis Cessa, RHP Hunter Strickland

    IL: RHP Tejay Antone, SS Jose Barrero, RHP Luis Castillo, RHP Justin Dunn, LHP Mike Minor, RHP Lucas Sims, IF Donovan Solano



    The Reds have already announced that top prospect Hunter Greene will break camp with a spot in the starting rotation, and fellow prospect Nick Lodolo is still in the mix for the No. 5 starter job. If he gets the nod, Tony Santillan would move to the bullpen and Dauri Moreta could be the odd man out in the bullpen mix. Cutting ties with Shogo Akiyama in the final season of his three-year deal would open up a bench spot for versatile non-roster invitee Brandon Drury.

Cleveland Guardians

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    Jose Ramirez
    Jose RamirezDarryl Webb/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: CF Myles Straw, SS Amed Rosario, 3B Jose Ramirez, DH Franmil Reyes, RF Josh Naylor, 1B Bobby Bradley, LF Oscar Mercado, C Austin Hedges, 2B Andres Gimenez

    Bench: C Bryan Lavastida, IF Yu Chang, IF/OF Owen Miller, OF Bradley Zimmer

    Starting Rotation: RHP Shane Bieber, RHP Cal Quantrill, RHP Zach Plesac, RHP Aaron Civale, RHP Triston McKenzie

    Bullpen: RHP Tobias Myers, LHP Logan Allen, RHP Eli Morgan, RHP Enyel De Los Santos, RHP Trevor Stephan, LHP Sam Hentges, RHP Nick Sandlin, LHP Anthony Gose, RHP Bryan Shaw, RHP Emmanuel Clase

    IL: RHP James Karinchak, C Luke Maile



    With backup catcher Luke Maile sidelined and Sandy Leon opting out of his minor league deal, it looks like prospect Bryan Lavastida will claim the backup catcher job in Cleveland. Aside from sorting out the final few spots in the bullpen, the Guardians also need to decide if young outfielder Steven Kwan warrants a roster spot ahead of Bradley Zimmer, Josh Naylor or Oscar Mercado. Naylor and Zimmer both have options remaining, while Mercado is out of minor league options.

Colorado Rockies

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    Kris Bryant
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    Starting Lineup: RF Charlie Blackmon, LF Kris Bryant, 3B Ryan McMahon, 1B C.J. Cron, CF Randal Grichuk, 2B Brendan Rodgers, DH Connor Joe, SS Jose Iglesias, C Elias Diaz

    Bench: C Dom Nunez, IF/OF Garrett Hampson, OF Yonathan Daza, OF Sam Hilliard

    Starting Rotation: RHP German Marquez, LHP Kyle Freeland, RHP Antonio Senzatela, LHP Austin Gomber, RHP Chad Kuhl

    Bullpen: LHP Ty Blach, RHP Jake Bird, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Justin Lawrence, RHP Tyler Kinley, LHP Lucas Gilbreath, RHP Robert Stephenson, RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Carlos Estevez, RHP Alex Colome

    IL: RHP Scott Oberg



    Ty Blach and Jake Bird are both pitching well enough this spring to earn a bullpen nod as non-roster invitees, and the Rockies can't afford to turn aside quality pitching. Speedy Garrett Hampson could see regular playing time in a super-utility role, while Charlie Blackmon will see semi-regular work in the DH spot in an effort to keep him fresh in his age-35 season.

Detroit Tigers

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    Javier Baez
    Javier BaezLynne Sladky/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: LF Akil Baddoo, RF Robbie Grossman, SS Javier Baez, 3B Jeimer Candelario, DH Miguel Cabrera, 2B Jonathan Schoop, 1B Spencer Torkelson, CF Riley Greene, C Tucker Barnhart

    Bench: C Dustin Garneau, C/OF Eric Haase, IF Harold Castro, OF Victor Reyes

    Starting Rotation: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, RHP Casey Mize, LHP Tarik Skubal, RHP Matt Manning, LHP Tyler Alexander

    Bullpen: RHP Chase Anderson, RHP Ricardo Pinto, RHP Will Vest, RHP Jason Foley, RHP Alex Lange, RHP Joe Jimenez, RHP Jose Cisnero, LHP Andrew Chafin, RHP Michael Fulmer, LHP Gregory Soto

    IL: RHP Kyle Funkhouser, C Jake Rogers, RHP Spencer Turnbull



    With free-agent signing Michael Pineda dealing with visa issues, left-hander Tyler Alexander is temporarily penciled into the No. 5 starter spot, leaving the bullpen without a second lefty. From the above projected roster, top prospects Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene as well as pitchers Chase Anderson, Ricardo Pinto and Will Vest would all need to be added to the 40-man roster, so expect plenty of roster shuffling in the coming days.

Houston Astros

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    Jeremy Pena
    Jeremy PenaSue Ogrocki/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: 2B Jose Altuve, LF Michael Brantley, 3B Alex Bregman, DH Yordan Alvarez, 1B Yuli Gurriel, RF Kyle Tucker, CF Chas McCormick, SS Jeremy Pena, C Martin Maldonado

    Bench: C Jason Castro, IF Niko Goodrum, IF/OF Aledmys Diaz, OF Jose Siri

    Starting Rotation: LHP Framber Valdez, RHP Jake Odorizzi, RHP Justin Verlander, RHP Jose Urquidy, RHP Luis Garcia

    Bullpen: RHP Cristian Javier, RHP Brandon Bielak, LHP Adam Morgan, RHP Rafael Montero, LHP Blake Taylor, RHP Pedro Baez, RHP Hector Neris, RHP Phil Maton, RHP Ryne Stanek, RHP Ryan Pressly

    IL: RHP Lance McCullers Jr., OF Jake Meyers



    The Astros roster is more straightforward than most, though there are still a few major questions. The biggest is whether Jeremy Pena will break camp as the starting shortstop despite playing only 30 games above the High-A level in the minors. If he's sent to the minors, Niko Goodrum would hold down the shortstop job in the early going. On the pitching side, left-hander Adam Morgan is vying for a spot in the bullpen as a non-roster invitee.

Kansas City Royals

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    Bobby Witt Jr.
    Bobby Witt Jr.Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: RF Whit Merrifield, 2B Nicky Lopez, C Salvador Perez, LF Andrew Benintendi, 1B Carlos Santana, DH Hunter Dozier, 3B Bobby Witt Jr., CF Michael A. Taylor, SS Adalberto Mondesi

    Bench: C Cam Gallagher, 1B/OF Ryan O'Hearn, OF Kyle Isbel, OF Edward Olivares

    Starting Rotation: RHP Zack Greinke, RHP Brad Keller, RHP Brady Singer, LHP Kris Bubic, LHP Daniel Lynch

    Bullpen: RHP Taylor Clarke, RHP Ronald Bolanos, LHP Gabe Speier, RHP Collin Snider, RHP Dylan Coleman, RHP Domingo Tapia, LHP Jake Brentz, RHP Josh Staumont, LHP Amir Garrett, RHP Scott Barlow

    IL: None



    Top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. has gone 11-for-24 with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBI so far this spring as he makes his case for the starting third base job. With Ryan O'Hearn now set to earn $1.3 million this season and Edward Olivares having a terrific spring, the final bench spot boils down to Emmanuel Rivera, Kyle Isbel and non-roster invitee JaCoby Jones. Kris Bubic, Daniel Lynch and Carlos Hernandez all have options remaining, so expect at least one to be sent to Triple-A to stay stretched out as a starter.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Noah Syndergaard
    Noah SyndergaardMatt York/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: DH Shohei Ohtani, CF Mike Trout, 1B Jared Walsh, 3B Anthony Rendon, C Max Stassi, RF Brandon Marsh, RF Jo Adell, 2B Matt Duffy, SS David Fletcher

    Bench: C Kurt Suzuki, IF Tyler Wade, IF/OF Jose Rojas, OF Justin Upton, OF Taylor Ward

    Starting Rotation: RHP Shohei Ohtani, LHP Patrick Sandoval, RHP Noah Syndergaard, LHP Jose Suarez, RHP Michael Lorenzen, LHP Reid Detmers

    Bullpen: RHP Jaime Barria, RHP Jose Marte, RHP Austin Warren, LHP Jose Quijada, RHP Archie Bradley, RHP Mike Mayers, LHP Aaron Loup, RHP Ryan Tepera, RHP Raisel Iglesias

    IL: RHP Griffin Canning, RHP Chris Rodriguez



    With Jose Rojas (8-for-14, 6 XBH) and Taylor Ward (7-for-25, 2 HR) both having strong springs and Tyler Wade out of options, the Angels could be one of the few teams to break camp with a five-man bench. In the bullpen, Jaime Barris and Jose Quijada will also be exposed to waivers if they aren't included on the Opening Day roster, and Barria is still in the running for the No. 6 starter job if Reid Detmers gets sent to the minors. Second base could be a revolving door, with Rojas, Wade and Matt Duffy all in the mix.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Freddie Freeman
    Freddie FreemanChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: RF Mookie Betts, 1B Freddie Freeman, SS Trea Turner, DH Max Muncy, 3B Justin Turner, C Will Smith, LF Chris Taylor, 2B Gavin Lux, CF Cody Bellinger

    Bench: C Austin Barnes, IF Hanser Alberto, IF/OF Edwin Rios, OF Kevin Pillar

    Starting Rotation: RHP Walker Buehler, LHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Julio Urias, RHP Tony Gonsolin, LHP Tyler Anderson

    Bullpen: LHP Andrew Heaney, LHP David Price, RHP Evan Phillips, LHP Victor Gonzalez, LHP Justin Bruihl, RHP Brusdar Graterol, LHP Alex Vesia, RHP Daniel Hudson, RHP Blake Treinen, RHP Craig Kimbrel

    IL: RHP Phil Bickford, LHP Danny Duffy, RHP Tommy Kahnle, RHP Dustin May, RHP Jimmy Nelson



    The first three spots in the Dodgers rotation are locked in, leaving Tony Gonsolin, David Price and free-agent signings Andrew Heaney (1/$8.5M) and Tyler Anderson (1/$8M) vying to round out the starting staff. The other two will likely be slotted in long relief roles in a new-look Dodgers bullpen that will see Blake Treinen take over for the departed Kenley Jansen. Max Muncy will see time at second base when he isn't serving as the primary DH.

Miami Marlins

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    Avisail Garcia
    Avisail GarciaMark Brown/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr., LF Jorge Soler, RF Avisail Garcia, DH Jesus Aguilar, CF Jesus Sanchez, 1B Garrett Cooper, 3B Brian Anderson, C Jacob Stallings, SS Miguel Rojas

    Bench: C Payton Henry, IF Joey Wendle, IF/OF Jon Berti, OF Roman Quinn

    Starting Rotation: RHP Sandy Alcantara, RHP Pablo Lopez, LHP Trevor Rogers, RHP Elieser Hernandez, LHP Jesus Luzardo

    Bullpen: RHP Cody Poteet, RHP Jimmy Yacabonis, LHP Sean Guenther, RHP Louis Head, LHP Steven Okert, RHP Zach Pop, LHP Richard Bleier, RHP Anthony Bass, RHP Anthony Bender, RHP Dylan Floro

    IL: RHP Sixto Sanchez



    The Marlins don't have a true center fielder, with Jesus Sanchez expected to see the bulk of playing time there in the early going. That should increase the chances of either Roman Quinn or Delino DeShields Jr. earning a bench spot. Both speedy veterans are in camp on minor league deals. Closer Dylan Floro has been dealing with arm soreness, so he'll be one to monitor in the days leading up to final cuts.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Andrew McCutchen
    Andrew McCutchenNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: 2B Kolten Wong, SS Willy Adames, LF Christian Yelich, DH Andrew McCutchen, 1B Rowdy Tellez, RF Hunter Renfroe, C Omar Narvaez, CF Lorenzo Cain, 3B Jace Peterson

    Bench: C Pedro Severino, IF Mike Brosseau, IF Keston Hiura, OF Tyrone Taylor

    Starting Rotation: RHP Corbin Burnes, RHP Brandon Woodruff, RHP Freddy Peralta, RHP Adrian Houser, LHP Eric Lauer

    Bullpen: RHP Jose Urena, RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP Trevor Gott, RHP Jandel Gustave, LHP Aaron Ashby, RHP Jake Cousins, LHP Brent Suter, RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Devin Williams, LHP Josh Hader

    IL: IF Luis Urias



    With Luis Urias expected to start the year on the injured list with a quad strain, expect to see a Jace Peterson and Mike Brosseau platoon at the hot corner. With only two hits and one earned run allowed in 5.1 innings this spring, right-hander Luis Perdomo is making a strong case for the final bullpen spot, though the Brewers would need to make a corresponding move to add him to the 40-man roster.

Minnesota Twins

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    Carlos Correa
    Carlos CorreaJulio Aguilar/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: CF Byron Buxton, 2B Jorge Polanco, SS Carlos Correa, 1B Miguel Sano, RF Max Kepler, 3B Gio Urshela, LF Alex Kirilloff, DH Gary Sanchez, C Ryan Jeffers

    Bench: C Jose Godoy, IF/OF Luis Arraez, IF/OF Nick Gordon, OF Brent Rooker

    Starting Rotation: RHP Sonny Gray, RHP Dylan Bundy, RHP Bailey Ober, RHP Joe Ryan, RHP Chris Archer

    Bullpen: RHP Jhoan Duran, RHP Jharel Cotton, LHP Devin Smeltzer, RHP Griffin Jax, RHP Cody Stashak, RHP Joe Smith, LHP Caleb Thielbar, RHP Jorge Alcala, RHP Tyler Duffey, LHP Taylor Rogers

    IL: RHP Randy Dobnak, RHP Kenta Maeda



    The Twins will undoubtedly value relievers who can go multiple innings to start the year with young Joe Ryan and recently signed Chris Archer rounding out the rotation. That should bode well for non-roster invitee Devin Smeltzer, who made seven spot starts for the Twins in 2019 and 2020 and has thrown seven shutout innings in three appearances this spring. With Gary Sanchez likely to serve as the primary DH, expect Jose Godoy to make the team as a backup catcher.

New York Mets

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    Max Scherzer
    Max ScherzerEric Espada/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: CF Brandon Nimmo, RF Starling Marte, SS Francisco Lindor, 1B Pete Alonso, DH Robinson Cano, 3B Eduardo Escobar, RF Mark Canha, 2B Jeff McNeil, C James McCann

    Bench: C Tomas Nido, 1B/OF Dominic Smith, 3B/OF J.D. Davis, IF Luis Guillorme,

    Starting Rotation: RHP Max Scherzer, RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Carlos Carrasco, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Tylor Megill

    Bullpen: RHP Trevor Williams, RHP Sean Reid-Foley, RHP Drew Smith, LHP Alex Claudio, RHP Miguel Castro, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Adam Ottavino, RHP Trevor May, RHP Edwin Diaz

    IL: RHP Jacob deGrom, LHP Joey Lucchesi



    Barring injury, the position player side of things and the starting rotation appear to be set for the Mets after a busy offseason in which they added Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha. The bullpen still has multiple spots up for grabs, though, and the roster crunch could make it tough to keep both Alex Claudio and Chasen Shreve, who are in camp on minor league deals. With Jacob deGrom sidelined indefinitely, it will be either Tylor Megill or David Peterson in the No. 5 starter spot.

New York Yankees

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    Josh Donaldson
    Josh DonaldsonIcon Sportswire/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: 1B Anthony Rizzo, RF Aaron Judge, LF Joey Gallo, DH Giancarlo Stanton, 3B Josh Donaldson, 2B Gleyber Torres, CF Aaron Hicks, SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa, C Kyle Higashioka

    Bench: C Rob Brantly, IF DJ LeMahieu, IF/OF Marwin Gonzalez, OF Ender Inciarte

    Starting Rotation: RHP Gerrit Cole, LHP Jordan Montgomery, RHP Luis Severino, LHP Nestor Cortes, RHP Jameson Taillon

    Bullpen: RHP Luis Gil, LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP Albert Abreu, LHP Lucas Luetge, LHP Wandy Peralta, RHP Clay Holmes, LHP Joely Rodriguez, RHP Chad Green, RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, LHP Aroldis Chapman

    IL: LHP Zack Britton, RHP Domingo German



    Don't read into DJ LeMahieu being listed on the bench. He'll be an everyday player in a super-utility role, shuffling between first base, second base and third base while giving guys a day off or a turn in the designated hitter spot. Speedy Tim Locastro has an option remaining, which could open the door for Ender Inciarte to break camp as the fourth outfielder. Who's ready for a Manny Banuelos reunion? A top prospect in the Yankees system in 2011 and 2012, he has tossed six scoreless innings this spring.

Oakland Athletics

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    Sean Manaea
    Sean ManaeaMichael Zagaris/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: 2B Tony Kemp, SS Elvis Andrus, LF Chad Pinder, 1B Seth Brown, DH Jed Lowrie, C Sean Murphy, RF Stephen Piscotty, 3B Sheldon Neuse, CF Cristian Pache

    Bench: C Austin Allen, C/1B Stephen Vogt, 1B/OF Eric Thames, IF Kevin Smith

    Starting Rotation: LHP Sean Manaea, RHP Frankie Montas, LHP Cole Irvin, RHP Daulton Jefferies, LHP A.J. Puk

    Bullpen: RHP Paul Blackburn, RHP Grant Holmes, LHP Sam Selman, RHP Jake Lemoine, RHP Dany Jimenez, LHP Sam Moll, LHP Kirby Snead, RHP Domingo Acevedo, RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Lou Trivino

    IL: RHP Brent Honeywell Jr., RHP James Kaprielian, CF Ramon Laureano (suspended)



    With James Kaprielian and Brent Honeywell Jr. both headed for the injured list, there is no obvious candidate for the No. 5 spot in the Oakland rotation. Former top prospect A.J. Puk could be used as an opener in that spot to start the season, though the A's may aim to limit his workload because of his recent injury history. Eric Thames, Dany Jimenez and spring standout Jake Lemoine are all non-roster players, so Oakland will need to do some 40-man roster shuffling for them to earn a spot.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Nick Castellanos
    Nick CastellanosJulio Aguilar/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: DH Kyle Schwarber, C J.T. Realmuto, RF Bryce Harper, LF Nick Castellanos, 1B Rhys Hoskins, 2B Jean Segura, SS Didi Gregorius, 3B Alec Bohm, CF Matt Vierling

    Bench: C Garrett Stubbs, IF/OF Johan Camargo, IF/OF Nick Maton, OF Mickey Moniak

    Starting Rotation: RHP Aaron Nola, RHP Kyle Gibson, RHP Zach Eflin, LHP Ranger Suarez, RHP Zack Wheeler

    Bullpen: LHP Cristopher Sanchez, RHP Nick Nelson, LHP Bailey Falter, RHP James Norwood, RHP Connor Brogdon, RHP Seranthony Dominguez, LHP Jose Alvarado, RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Brad Hand, RHP Corey Knebel

    IL: RHP Sam Coonrod, CF Odubel Herrera, LHP JoJo Romero



    Zack Wheeler is dealing with some shoulder soreness, and Ranger Suarez arrived at camp late as a result of visa issues, but both pitchers are still expected to begin the year in the starting rotation. The final bullpen spots will likely go to guys who can provide multiple innings as a result, which puts Cristopher Sanchez, Nick Nelson and Bailey Falter in a good spot. Mickey Moniak (7-for-23, 3 HR) is having a nice spring, and he could push for playing time in center field.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Daniel Vogelbach
    Daniel VogelbachIcon Sportswire/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: RF Greg Allen, CF Bryan Reynolds, 1B Yoshi Tsutsugo, 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes, LF Ben Gamel, DH Daniel Vogelbach, C Roberto Perez, 2B Cole Tucker, SS Kevin Newman

    Bench: C Michael Perez, IF/OF Michael Chavis, IF/OF Hoy Park, OF Anthony Alford

    Starting Rotation: RHP Mitch Keller, LHP Jose Quintana, RHP JT Brubaker, RHP Wil Crowe, RHP Zach Thompson

    Bullpen: LHP Dillon Peters, RHP Bryse Wilson, LHP Aaron Fletcher, LHP Sam Howard, RHP Duane Underwood Jr., LHP Anthony Banda, LHP Sam Howard, RHP Heath Hembree, RHP Chris Stratton, RHP David Bednar

    IL: RHP Blake Cederlind



    Is Bryan Reynolds still going to be on the Pittsburgh Pirates roster on Opening Day? The San Diego Padres are the latest team to be tied to the young outfielder, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, and he's been a popular name on the rumor mill for the past year. Manager Derek Shelton still needs to pick an Opening Day starter, but the lineup is more clear now that Oneil Cruz has been optioned to the minors. Expect to see him in the big leagues soon.

San Diego Padres

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    CJ Abrams
    CJ AbramsRob Leiter/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: CF Trent Grisham, 2B Jake Cronenworth, 3B Manny Machado, DH Luke Voit, 1B Eric Hosmer, RF Wil Myers, C Austin Nola, LF Jurickson Profar, SS CJ Abrams

    Bench: C Jorge Alfaro, C Victor Caratini, 1B/OF Matt Beaty, IF Ha-Seong Kim, OF Nomar Mazara

    Starting Rotation: RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Yu Darvish, LHP Blake Snell, RHP Mike Clevinger, RHP Nick Martinez

    Bullpen: RHP Chris Paddack, RHP Nabil Crismatt, RHP Craig Stammen, LHP Tim Hill, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Pierce Johnson, RHP Robert Suarez, RHP Emilio Pagan, RHP Dinelson Lamet

    IL: LHP Drew Pomeranz, SS Fernando Tatis Jr.



    There is no shortage of compelling roster questions in San Diego, from who will win the No. 5 starter job between Nick Martinez and Chris Paddack to who will occupy the closer's role vacated when Mark Melancon departed in free agency. However, the most compelling question is whether top prospect CJ Abrams will break camp with the team. The 21-year-old has gone 8-for-26 with a pair of home runs this spring, and the Fernando Tatis Jr. injury has opened a clear path to playing time at shortstop.

San Francisco Giants

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    Carlos Rodon
    Carlos RodonMatt York/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: RF Mike Yastrzemski, 2B Tommy La Stella, SS Brandon Crawford, 1B Brandon Belt, DH Darin Ruf, LF Joc Pederson, 3B Wilmer Flores, C Joey Bart, CF Steven Duggar

    Bench: C Curt Casali, IF Thairo Estrada, IF/OF Mauricio Dubon, OF Austin Slater

    Starting Rotation: RHP Logan Webb, LHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Anthony DeSclafani, LHP Alex Wood, RHP Alex Cobb

    Bullpen: RHP Tyler Beede, RHP Jakob Junis, RHP Zack Littell, LHP Jose Alvarez, RHP John Brebbia, LHP Jarlin Garcia, RHP Dominic Leone, RHP Tyler Rogers, LHP Jake McGee, RHP Camilo Doval

    IL: LHP Matthew Boyd, 3B Evan Longoria, 1B/OF LaMonte Wade Jr.



    The Giants' position-player crunch sorted itself out as Evan Longoria and LaMonte Wade Jr. are both expected to start the season on the injured list. That opens up a spot for Thairo Estrada on the Opening Day roster, and he could make a serious push for regular playing time at second base. Tyler Beede is out of options, so expect to see him in a long relief role to start the year.

Seattle Mariners

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    Robbie Ray
    Robbie RayCharlie Riedel/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: 2B Adam Frazier, 1B Ty France, DH Jesse Winker, RF Mitch Haniger, 3B Eugenio Suarez, SS J.P. Crawford, CF Julio Rodriguez, LF Jarred Kelenic, C Tom Murphy

    Bench: C Luis Torrens, IF Abraham Toro, IF/OF Dylan Moore, OF Billy Hamilton

    Starting Rotation: LHP Robbie Ray, LHP Marco Gonzales, RHP Chris Flexen, RHP Logan Gilbert, RHP Matt Brash

    Bullpen: LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson, RHP Yohan Ramirez, LHP Anthony Misiewicz, RHP Sergio Romo, RHP Andres Munoz, RHP Ken Giles, RHP Diego Castillo, RHP Paul Sewald, RHP Drew Steckenrider

    IL: OF Kyle Lewis, RHP Casey Sadler, 1B Evan White



    "He's out here slowing the game down. For him to be barely 21 and have that much of a presence on the field is incredible," one scout told Kyle Glaser of Baseball America while discussing top prospect Julio Rodriguez. That advanced feel for the game has him on the doorstep of breaking camp with a roster spot. If he is sent to the minors, expect to see Jarred Kelenic in center field, Jesse Winker in left field, and Abraham Toro penciled in as the primary DH.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Nolan Arenado
    Nolan ArenadoRob Leiter/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: 2B Tommy Edman, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, LF Tyler O'Neill, 3B Nolan Arenado, RF Dylan Carlson, C Yadier Molina, DH Corey Dickerson, SS Paul DeJong, CF Harrison Bader

    Bench: C Andrew Knizner, 1B Albert Pujols, IF Edmundo Sosa, OF Lars Nootbaar

    Starting Rotation: RHP Adam Wainwright, RHP Miles Mikolas, LHP Steven Matz, RHP Dakota Hudson, RHP Jake Woodford

    Bullpen: RHP Kodi Whitley, RHP Aaron Brooks, RHP Drew VerHagen, RHP Blake Parker, LHP T.J. McFarland, RHP Nick Wittgren, RHP Ryan Helsley, RHP Jordan Hicks, LHP Genesis Cabrera, RHP Giovanny Gallegos

    IL: RHP Jack Flaherty, RHP Alex Reyes



    The Cardinals found success signing Miles Mikolas after his stint overseas, and they're hoping for more of the same from Aaron Brooks (KBO) and Drew VerHagen (Japanese League) in their return stateside. The addition of Albert Pujols likely means that Juan Yepez will start the season seeing regular playing time in the minors, and the same is true of Nolan Gorman, though both of those guys will be a factor in 2022. The Cardinals will need to add the recently signed Blake Parker to their 40-man roster for him to break camp with a spot.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Wander Franco
    Wander FrancoBrace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: 2B Brandon Lowe, SS Wander Franco, DH Austin Meadows, LF Randy Arozarena, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 3B Yandy Diaz, C Mike Zunino, RF Manuel Margot, CF Kevin Kiermaier

    Bench: C Francisco Mejia, IF Taylor Walls, OF Brett Phillips, OF Harold Ramirez

    Starting Rotation: LHP Shane McClanahan, RHP Drew Rasmussen, RHP Corey Kluber, LHP Ryan Yarbrough, RHP Luis Patino

    Bullpen: LHP Josh Fleming, RHP Chris Mazza, LHP Colin Poche, RHP Ryan Thompson, LHP Jeffrey Springs, RHP Matt Wisler, LHP Brooks Raley, RHP J.P. Feyereisen, RHP JT Chargois, RHP Andrew Kittredge

    IL: RHP Nick Anderson, RHP Shane Baz, RHP Yonny Chirinos, RHP Pete Fairbanks, RHP Tyler Glasnow



    As usual, the Rays have an abundance of viable options for spots in the bullpen. Going with guys like Josh Fleming, Chris Mazza, Colin Poche and Ryan Thompson would be placing an emphasis on bulk relief work. When a left-handed pitcher is on the mound, expect to see Yandy Diaz shift across the diamond to first base and Taylor Walls get the starting nod at the hot corner.

Texas Rangers

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    Jon Gray
    Jon GrayDarryl Webb/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: 2B Marcus Semien, SS Corey Seager, C Mitch Garver, 1B Nathaniel Lowe, CF Adolis Garcia, LF Brad Miller, 3B Andy Ibanez, RF Kole Calhoun, DH Willie Calhoun

    Bench: C Jose Trevino, IF/OF Charlie Culberson, IF/OF Nick Solak, OF Eli White

    Starting Rotation: RHP Jon Gray, LHP Martin Perez, RHP Dane Dunning, LHP Taylor Hearn, RHP Spencer Howard

    Bullpen: LHP Brock Burke, RHP Dennis Santana, LHP Kolby Allard, RHP Josh Sborz, LHP John King, RHP Garrett Richards, LHP Brett Martin, RHP Greg Holland, RHP Spencer Patton, RHP Joe Barlow

    IL: RHP Jonathan Hernandez, RHP Jose Leclerc



    After a busy offseason, the Rangers have a completely revamped roster, though they still have plenty of things to sort out during the remainder of spring training and into the season. Andy Ibanez will get the first shot at the third base job and Brad Miller is the favorite to start in left field, but that leaves Nick Solak in a bench role as he looks to prove he can be a long-term piece. On the pitching side, Spencer Howard, Kolby Allard, A.J. Alexy and Glenn Otto are all fighting for the No. 5 starter job.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Matt Chapman
    Matt ChapmanIcon Sportswire/Getty Images

    Starting Lineup: CF George Springer, 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr., RF Teoscar Hernandez, SS Bo Bichette, LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr., 3B Matt Chapman, DH Alejandro Kirk, 2B Cavan Biggio, C Danny Jansen

    Bench: C Reese McGuire, 1B Greg Bird, IF Santiago Espinal, OF Raimel Tapia

    Starting Rotation: RHP Jose Berrios, RHP Kevin Gausman, LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, RHP Alek Manoah, LHP Yusei Kikuchi

    Bullpen: RHP Ross Stripling, LHP Ryan Borucki, RHP Trent Thornton, LHP Tayler Saucedo, RHP Julian Merryweather, RHP Trevor Richards, RHP Adam Cimber, LHP Tim Mayza, RHP Yimi Garcia, RHP Jordan Romano

    IL: None



    The 28-man roster expansion keeps the Blue Jays from having to make a tough decision on whether to keep out-of-options catcher Reese McGuire. The deal that sent Randal Grichuk to the Colorado Rockies also opens the door for Alejandro Kirk to serve as the primary DH. The biggest remaining questions are in the bullpen, where Tayler Saucedo is pitching his way onto the roster with a strong spring and there are multiple spots up for grabs.

Washington Nationals

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    Nelson Cruz
    Nelson CruzSue Ogrocki/Associated Press

    Starting Lineup: 2B Cesar Hernandez, RF Juan Soto, DH Nelson Cruz, 1B Josh Bell, C Keibert Ruiz, LF Lane Thomas, SS Alcides Escobar, 3B Maikel Franco, CF Victor Robles

    Bench: C Riley Adams, IF Ehire Adrianza, OF Yadiel Hernandez, OF Andrew Stevenson

    Starting Rotation: LHP Patrick Corbin, RHP Josiah Gray, RHP Erick Fedde, RHP Anibal Sanchez, RHP Paolo Espino

    Bullpen: RHP Austin Voth, LHP Josh Rogers, RHP Patrick Murphy, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Andres Machado, RHP Will Harris, LHP Sean Doolittle, RHP Steve Cishek, RHP Tanner Rainey, RHP Kyle Finnegan

    IL: 3B Carter Kieboom, RHP Joe Ross, RHP Stephen Strasburg



    If the above prediction holds true, the Nationals would need to add Maikel Franco, Anibal Sanchez and Tyler Clippard to the 40-man roster. The injury to Carter Kieboom makes Franco the club's best option at third base, while Sanchez has looked fresh this spring after taking a year off. The final rotation spot appears to be down to Paolo Espino, Josh Rogers or top prospect Cade Cavalli.


    All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and accurate through Thursday morning.