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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have their first Spring Training workouts today. To get ready for Spring Training, we have been previewing one set of positions each day this week, and today we take a look at the final group. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled:

The Infield

The Outfield

The Rotation

Today we take a look at the bullpen. Generally the bullpen is one of few areas where spots are up in the air for non-roster invitees and guys who haven't broken in to the majors yet. The Pirates had a very successful bullpen in 2013, and most of those guys are returning this year. The final open spots will probably be reserved for guys who are out of options, making it hard for all of the other guys to crack the Opening Day roster. Here are the roster predictions based on the current Spring Training invitees.
Guaranteed Spots
There are four spots in the bullpen that are pretty much guaranteed for the Opening Day roster, as long as everyone stays healthy. Jason Grilli, Mark Melanc...

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