Every year the battles in Spring Training are pretty much limited to the same three areas: the 5th starter role, the bullpen, and the bench.  It only makes sense that this would be the case.  These are the least important spots on the team.  You don't want to decide the important spots based on a limited amount of playing time against various levels of competition in Spring Training games.  But for the lesser roles, it's not as big of a deal to use Spring Training as a tie breaker.

That has been the case this year.  The lineup is set.  The first four spots in the rotation are set.  The only position battles come from the rotation, bullpen, and bench.  I covered the 5th starter battle, and the bullpen battles already.  Now it's time to take a look at the bench.

One spot on the bench h...

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