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First Pitch: Who Can Be Invited to Spring Training?

First Pitch: Who Can Be Invited to Spring Training?

Earlier today I was asked a question on Twitter about Spring Training. The first part of the question could have been answered easily on Twitter. The second part required more explaining, and would have made a good article. I decided to go with both questions for tonight's article as a change of pace. For one, article topics are hard to come by this time of year. Also, I'm going tonight with some friends to try a deep fried hot dog covered with four types of cheese, bacon, grilled onions, and sauerkraut. So I wanted something to write in advance, in the event that I die tonight. Here is the question:

https://twitter.com/silkychubs/status/421076886559936512

To the question, there aren't really any limits to who can be invited to Spring Training. Everyone on the 40-man roster is invited, plus any non-roster invitees. Usually the non-roster invites go to minor league free agents who were signed over the off-season, and upper level players in the system who aren't on the 40-man roste...

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