Every year at the start of Spring Training I outline the position battles for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I do this by breaking up the team into four main groups: the lineup, the rotation, the bench, and the bullpen. Usually there are a few battles per section, and by breaking it up, you can focus an article on each main battle.

This year there are very few position battles for the Pirates heading into Spring. And when you break it up into these groups, you get a group of positions that is set, with no battle at all. That's the case with the starting lineup.

The Pirates are set at each of their eight starting positions, whether you like it or not (and I'm guessing there are some who won't like the first base position). As a result, there's not much to write about here, heading into Sprin...

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