A Look At Roster Spots Up For Grabs

Camps are opening, and most teams have the majority of their Major League roster spots devoted to particular players. However, each team typically has a few roster spots up for grabs, typically in the back of the rotation, on the bench and in the back end of the bullpen. Here's a look at some of those teams and the players in the hunt for the jobs …


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  1. Hank Hill 4 years ago

    Thats funny the Indians are gonna have both Jason Donald and Orlando Cabrera at third? And Asdrubal Cabrera at shortsotp?

    • Ya beat me to it.

      Donald will likely play second and O. Carbrera third with A. Cabrera at SS.

  2. Kevin Charity 4 years ago

    Shortstop is misspelled in the Indians link, I’m not the grammar police, just looking out :)

  3. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    Jason Donald and Orlando Cabrera playing third base at the same time would be an awesome combo

  4. I had no idea Ivan Nova was a veteran. My how time flies…

    • Rays_Sox 4 years ago

      You didn’t know that 10 career starts makes you a veteran…

  5. I still want Marquez to get the fifth starter spot while Peavy is away

  6. This idea that Betances, Banuelos, or Brackman could break the Yankees’ rotation at the start of the season needs to be put to rest by writers at this site. It’s just not going to happen. The Yankees aren’t going to rush any of them to the Majors. None have any significant experience at AAA, which isn’t a big deal considering teams often skip players from AA to the Majors. Yet, none of the three have significant experience at AA either as only Brackman has spent a full season there.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Yeah, I didn’t understand why the writer posted that. Cashman already ruled out Banuelos and Betances and to a lesser extent, Brackman because of their lack of innings at AA and just overall for 2010. He DID say that Noesi, Phelps, Warren and Mitchell had a chance to crack the rotation though.

  7. BradyAndersonsSideburns 4 years ago

    I’m thinking Bergesen and Arrieta have the last two rotation spots locked up barring injury or a horrendous spring

    • baseball1 4 years ago

      I agree. They are basically almost destined for the last 2 spots barring a significant injury or implosion

      • YouCannnnnPutItOnTheBoard 4 years ago

        Does anyone here an echo in here???

  8. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    If we’re talking about winning starting spots, I would say the Dodgers should have an interesting competion for Left (or Center if Gwynn wins).

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      Who is the current favorite to win left for the Dodgers?

      • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

        Likely a platoon of Gibbons and Thames, but I could see Gwynn being the starting center fielder, and moving Kemp to right and Ethier to left, or Thames being the full time starter.

        • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

          Ouch, no offense dude but I thought the Dodgers’ first base situation was bad. I think Mattingly is in for a rough start to his new career.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            Oh believe me, I know. He really does. I think we should still be in contention though. The Giants and Rockies didn’t really improve, but I feel like we did at least a little (mostly in the rotation). Should be a good race to win the NL West I think.

          • Kyle 4 years ago

            Giants pitching will destroy the dodgers. Dodgers will be out by July. Giants did improve and they did win the WS. We will have posey, Lopez, Ross, burell and a healthy derosa all year long. The first 4 came in July and derosa was hurt. And we have a good chance of having belt play first.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            I am aware that the Giants pitching is better than the Dodgers, but I don’t think the Giants will destroy the Dodgers pitching. Also how did the Giants improve? They didn’t pick up anybody new. Sure they’ll have those guys for a full season, but I think Posey’s the only one that will really do as much as you think. Ross only didn’t get non-tendered because of his post-season play, Burell won’t even be a full time starter, DeRosa, has been injured for a full year, so there aren’t any guarentees with him, and Lopez just had his best year and is only a lefty-specialist.

          • Whole_New_World 4 years ago

            Dodgers have pretty good pitching, actually, I have to agree with D4L. Their bullpen is going to be stronger than people are giving them credit for. Lopez’s history is as a lefty specialist, true, but he did a lot more than that for the Giants last 2 months and playoffs. Hopefully he can continue. Point take though, Giants basically stood pat (and still bumped the payroll to $120 mil). Giants are hoping for about a half-dozen little to come through. (Belt, DeRosa, Huff to hold numbers, Tejada not to fall off too much, Torres to repeat, rotation to stay healthy, etc.) West should be fun 4-team race.

          • Hubbs2 4 years ago

            People always forget about Pablo. He lit the league up his first year and half, then had a league average year last year. The main concern was his weight, and if you have seen pictures, he looks pretty good. He has also been taking instruction from Bonds, who better to teach a player patience

          • Whole_New_World 4 years ago

            Yeah, I was just watching a couple of Giants games from the ’10 playoffs, and Pablo was really, really a wide-body. I’ve seen those shots of him lately, and it’s not just that he’s dropped 20 or 25 lbs. He’s built some muscle where fat used to be. Good to hear he’s working on his hitting, patience etc. Because weight loss alone ain’t going to do it for him. His main problem, I think, is that he wasn’t doing much thinking in ’10. His baserunning was TERRIBLE. His fielding declined. A lot of areas for improvement, starting with the cabeza. Hopefully he’s looking around at some of the other Giants getting paid, and will focus himself. We’ll see.

          • Kyle 4 years ago

            Lefty specialist yes!!! The phillies could not touch him.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            So Lopez has had one really good series, That doesn’t mean that he will dominate for you out of the pen all year.

          • Hubbs2 4 years ago

            The Giants pen is one of the best in the league, Lopez filled exactly what the Giants needed, a lefty specialist

          • Kyle 4 years ago

            Btw Gwynn is a late game defensive replacement and pinch runner at best.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            Gywnn would only start if he proves that he can hit during Spring Training, which no one really expects to happen anyway. It’s simply a possibility.

          • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

            They may have not made big improvements, but I don’t think Uribe is big enough. I still think this is a race between the Rockies and Giants.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            I think the Dodgers and even the Padres should be in contention too. I think the Dodgers should be able to at least stay in contention until the trade deadline, when they can trade for a starting third baseman, or left fielder.

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            What’s wrong with Looney? He’s a capable 1b.

          • Guest 4 years ago

            I want Gwynn in CF, Ethier in LF, and Kemp in RF sooooooo bad.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            That’s what I want personally, but only if Gwynn shows that he can hit.

  9. rathman53 4 years ago

    The A’s 5th starter spot up between Rich Harden, Josh Outman, Brandon McCarthy,Tyson Ross and Bobby Cramer should be an interesting one to watch.

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      I thought the A’s were planning on turning Harden into a reliever.

      • Snoochies8 4 years ago

        Well they plan on having it be whoever loses out on the 5th spot as the reliever

    • corey23 4 years ago

      harden wont be starting… and if he is…. it’ll be til his arm falls off, which shouldnt take to long. i think it’ll be outman

      • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

        outman is a sick name for a pitcher, and a terrible name for a hitter

  10. if the White Sox use Sale in the rotation, someones needs to kick ozzie/kenny in the nuts. Look at how bad the Cubs handled Samardzija and tell me bouncing a guy in and out of the rotation is a good idea

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Well if they commit him to being a starter until Peavy returns how is that bouncing him back and forth? I assume it will help limit his innings, seeing as how he only threw 136 IP between college, minors and mlb last year. He can pitch until Peavy returns, then head to the pen to finish the season and then spend 2011 in the rotation assuming EJax or Buerhle don’t return.

      • why bother having him start? they have other options other than Sale in the fifth spot of the rotation. he is young and needs to have one role the entire year

  11. Madraider 4 years ago

    I thought the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation was gonna go to Steve Nebraska!

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      Ok, despite having Brendan Frasier, that movie sucked.

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        Haha…..”despote having Brendan Frasier”? Maybe because of Brendan Frasier.

      • Madraider 4 years ago

        Hence me mentioning it

  12. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Should’ve read “spend 2012 in the rotation….”

  13. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    42 IP and Ivan Nova is a veteran?

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