Updated Roster Breakdown

It’s been an interesting week, and a lot has happened. Let jump right to how everything looks Also, If you think I’m reading thing incorrectly, or if I’ve missed something, or that I’m just crazy, I’d love to hear your thoughts on things.

Outfield: 5 Roster spots available

Locks Ichiro, Gutierrez
On the bubble Saunders, Bradley
Work left to do Gross, Langerhans, Wilson, Halman, Peguero, Chavez
Out Gerut (retired)
Comments: Gerut’s sudden retirement opens the door for the 5th outfield spot. While I still believe that Saunders and Bradley will both make the team, and that the 5th spot could go to someone like Tui or Carp who can also play the infield. Still, there is now an increasing chance for someone like Wilson to finally get a shot.

Infield: 5 Roster spots available

Locks Smoak, Ryan, Jack Wilson, Figgins
On the bubble Kennedy
Work left to do Liddi, Tuiasosopo, Mangini, Josh Wilson, Carp, Kazmar, Rodriquez, Ackley
Comments: This is still a tough battle to handicap. I move Ackley down as I think he starts in AAA for service time reasons. I’m starting to like the idea of Kazmar finding a spot on the bench, but it’s way too early to tell.

Catcher/DH: 3 Roster spots available

Locks Cust, Olivo
On the bubble Moore, Bard
Work left to do Baron, Gimenez
Comments:  Olivo’s injury definitely confuses things, and I think it makes it tougher for Gimenez to get a shot. He Olivo starts on the DL, the M’s wont want to create 2 roster spots for catchers in order to start Moore in AAA, so Moore will likely get a roster spot. I also think that with Moore as the main catcher to start the year, that Bard would make the team in order to provide a veteran presence.

Rotation: 5 Roster spots available

Locks Felix, Vargus, Fister
On the bubble Bedard, French, Pauley, Robertson
Work left to do Beavan, Pineda
Out Paxton
Comments: Bedard is starting to make a believer out of me, but there’s a long way till opening day. French had a good outing, and I’d have to say he’s my front runner for the 5th spot, though there’s indication that Robertson will be given every chance to make the roster. I also moved Pineda down. I just don’t see the team ricking super 2 status with him whem there’s other options. Paxton is now in camp, but he wont make the team.

Bullpen: 7 Roster spots available

Locks League
On the bubble Aardsma, Robles, Lueke, Ray, Delcarmen, Cortez
Work left to do Olson, Jimenez, Wright, Bautista, Haeger, Miller, Petit, Smith, Roe, Flores, Wilhelmsen, Medina, Seddon, Castro, Paredes, Ring
Out Kelley (60 day DL)
Comments: Very little is set here. I moved Cortez down after being very shaky and nervous. Kelly is now out after being placed on the 60 day DL. Lots of work to be done before this shakes out.

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