With the first round of cuts down (as little as they obviously affected the possible Opening Day roster), let's take a look at how roster battles are shaping up. Below is my projected lineup and position battles (denoted with name/name):
The big ones are obviously the No. 5 starter (I think Humber has already won the No. 4 job, especially with his $800k salary) and several bullpen choices - especially the long-relief spot, which could depend on how the org views guys like Oberholtzer, White and Ely.
Surprisingly, to me at least, it seems to be shaping up as a battle between Freiman and Marwin for the final utlity spot. I like Barnes to take the OF4 role the way he's looked and with his potential basically matching what Ankiel can offer anyway, but I don't see both getting in. It would be strange to see Marwin dropped to OKC since that would mean just one actual SS, but MAYBE Luhnow could plan to play Greene every day at short (assuming he puts it together soon!) with either Dominguez or Wallace backing him up once every 2 weeks (really, do we lose anything with that plan?) I really like how Freiman has looked this spring and you just can't give a bat like that away for such a minimal cost.
Clearly some interesting battles to watch - after doing this, I'll definitely be paying more attention to what Freiman/Greene/Marwin look like in the final weeks.
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