Saturday, March 13, 2010

Who's In?

Spring training provides plenty of opportunities for players to prepare for the annual marathon, although pitchers need the longest preparation.

Based on any logic, who's in and who's on the bubble?

Catchers (2)
Victor Martinez
Jason Varitek

DH (1)
David Ortiz

Infielders (6)
Kevin Youkilis
Dustin Pedroia
Marco Scutaro
Adrian Beltre
Mike Lowell*
Bill Hall

Outfielders (4)
Mike Cameron
J.D. Drew
Jacoby Ellsbury
Jeremy Hermida

Starters (6)
Josh Beckett
Jon Lester
John Lackey
Clay Buchholz
Tim Wakefield
Daisuke Matsuzaka

Bullpen (6)
Jonathan Papelbon
Hideki Okajima
Daniel Bard
Ramon Martinez
Manny Delcarmen
Boof Bonser

Obviously Mike Lowell's eventual destination determines another roster spot. The inevitable hamstring pull for an outfielder (e.g. Drew/Cameron) means the Pawtaxi Sox have a big role. A significant trade before the season can always happen, but probably isn't happening.

On the bubble...likely to be part of the roster during the season
Tug Hulett (or is it Wholett?)
Jed Lowrie (wrist slapped)
Josh Reddick (will have to fight off the Ryan Kalish momentum)
Dustin Richardson (if you're lefthanded, there's always an extra life for you)
Michael Bowden (trying to remake himself with a new delivery)
Junichi Tazawa (still young and adapting to a different culture)

Thought for the day: Dustin Pedroia led the AL in runs for the past two seasons and has 60 points on the Hall of Fame monitor after just three seasons. That's ridiculous! And to think, I thought he couldn't go to his right...ask Clay Buchholz and Miguel Tejada about that...

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