Ciriaco is battling for one of the final bench spots.
After the news this morning that the Pittsburgh Pirates cut four players, there are three roster spots remaining. The cuts this morning left Steve Pearce with a roster spot on the bench, while Garrett Olson is all but a guarantee to win a job in the bullpen. Here are the other guarantees, which can also be found on the Spring Training tracker.
Catcher - Chris Snyder
First Base - Lyle Overbay
Second Base - Neil Walker
Shortstop - Ronny Cedeno
Third Base - Pedro Alvarez
Left Field - Jose Tabata
Center Field - Andrew McCutchen
Right Field - Garrett Jones
Bench - Ryan Doumit, Matt Diaz, Steve Pearce
Rotation - Kevin Correia, Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, Charlie Morton, James McDonald
Bullpen - Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, Jeff Karstens, Garrett Olson, Jose Veras
That leaves three spots on the 25-man roster: two bench spots and one bullpen spot. There could be an extra bullpen spot if J...
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