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April 1, 2010

BP Unfiltered

UPDATED AL Projected Opening Day Rosters

by John Perrotto

With Opening Day a little more than a week away, here is a look at the projected rosters for each of the 14 American League clubs following conversations with club executives and media members.  National League lineups are here. You can also look at the fantasy depth charts at any time to see our latest updated projections.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles
Lineup
2B Brian Roberts
CF Adam Jones
RF Nick Markakis
3B Miguel Tejada
C Matt Wieters
DH Luke Scott
1B Garrett Atkins
LF Felix Pie
SS Cesar Izturis

Bench
C Craig Tatum
INF Ty Wigginton
INF Robert Andino
OF Nolan Reimold

Rotation
RHP Kevin Millwood
RHP Jeremy Guthrie
LHP Brian Matusz
RHP Brad Bergesen
RHP David Hernandez

Bullpen
LHP Mike Gonzalez (closer)
LHP Will Ohman (set-up)
RHP Jim Johnson (set-up)
RHP Matt Albers (middle)
RHP Cla Meredith (middle)
LHP Mark Hendrickson (middle)
RHP Jason Berken (long)

Disabled List
RHP Koji Uehara

Boston Red Sox
Lineup
LF Jacoby Ellsbury
2B Dustin Pedroia
C Victor Martinez
1B Kevin Youkilis
DH David Ortiz
RF J.D. Drew
CF Mike Cameron
3B Adrian Beltre
SS Marco Scutaro

Bench
C Jason Varitek
IF Mike Lowell
IF/OF Bill Hall
OF Jeremy Hermida

Rotation
RHP Josh Beckett
LHP Jon Lester
RHP John Lackey
RHP Tim Wakefield
RHP
Clay Buchholz

Bullpen
RHP Jonathan Papelbon (closer)
RHP Daniel Bard (set-up)
LHP Hideki Okajima (set-up)
RHP Ramon Ramirez (middle)
RHP Manny Delcarmen (middle)
RHP Joe Nelson (middle)
RHP Scott Atchison (long)

Disabled List
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka
RHP Boof Bonser
INF Jed Lowrie

New York Yankees
Lineup
SS Derek Jeter
DH Nick Johnson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
C Jorge Posada
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Nick Swisher
LF Brett Gardner

Bench
C Francisco Cervelli
1B/OF Marcus Thames
IF/OF Ramiro Pena
OF Randy Winn

Rotation
LHP CC Sabathia
LHP A.J. Burnett
LHP Andy Pettitte
RHP Javier Vazquez
RHP Phil Hughes

Bullpen
RHP Mariano Rivera (closer)
RHP Joba Chamberlain (set-up)
LHP Damaso Marte (set-up)
RHP Alfredo Aceves (middle)
RHP David Robertson (middle)
RHP Chan Ho Park (middle)
RHP Sergio Mitre (long)

Tampa Bay Rays
Lineup
SS Jason Bartlett
LF Carl Crawford
3B Evan Longoria
1B Carlos Pena
RF Ben Zobrist
DH Pat Burrell
CF B.J. Upton
2B Sean Rodriguez
C Kelly Shoppach

Bench
C Dioner Navarro
INF Willy Aybar
INF Reid Brignac
OF Gabe Kapler

Rotation
RHP James Shields
LHP David Price
RHP Matt Garza
RHP Jeff Niemann
RHP Wade Davis

Bullpen
RHP Rafael Soriano (closer)
RHP Dan Wheeler (set-up)
RHP Grant Balfour (set-up)
LHP Randy Choate (middle)
RHP Lance Cormier (middle)
RHP Joaquin Benoit (middle)
RHP Andy Sonnanstine (long)

Disabled List
LHP J.P. Howell
OF Matt Joyce

Toronto Blue Jays
Lineup
RF Jose Bautista
2B Aaron Hill
DH Adam Lind
CF Vernon Wells
1B Lyle Overbay
3B Edwin Encarnacion
LF Travis Snider
C John Buck
SS Alex Gonzalez

Bench
C Jose Molina
1B Randy Ruiz
INF John McDonald
INF/OF Mike McCoy

Rotation
RHP Shaun Marcum
LHP Ricky Romero
RHP Brandon Morrow
LHP Dana Eveland
LHP Brian Tallet

Bullpen
RHP Jason Frasor (closer)
RHP Kevin Gregg (set-up)
LHP Scott Downs (set-up)
RHP Casey Janssen (middle)
RHP Jeremy Accardo (middle)
RHP Merkin Valdez (middle)
RHP Shawn Camp (long)

Disabled List
RHP Scott Richmond
RHP Jesse Litsch
RHP Dirk Hayhurst
LHP Mark Rzepczynski

AL Central

Chicago White Sox
Lineup
LF Juan Pierre
2B Gordon Beckham
RF Carlos Quentin
1B Paul Konerko
3B Mark Teahen
CF Alex Rios
C A.J. Pierzynski
DH Andruw Jones
SS Alexei Ramirez

Bench
C Ramon Castro
1B/OF Mark Kotsay
INF Omar Vizquel
INF Jayson Nix

Rotation
LHP Mark Buehrle
RHP Jake Peavy
RHP Gavin Floyd
LHP John Danks
RHP Freddy Garcia

Bullpen
RHP Bobby Jenks (closer)
LHP Matt Thornton (set-up)
RHP J.J. Putz (set-up)
RHP Tony Pena (middle)
RHP Scott Linebrink (middle)
LHP Randy Williams (middle)
RHP Sergio Santos (long)

Cleveland Indians
Lineup
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
CF Grady Sizemore
RF Shin-Soo Choo
DH Travis Hafner
3B Jhonny Peralta
1B Matt LaPorta
2B Luis Valbuena
C Lou Marson
LF Michael Brantley

Bench
C Mike Redmond
1B/OF Austin Kearns
CI Andy Marte
INF Mark Grudzielanek

Rotation
RHP Jake Westbrook
RHP Fausto Carmona
RHP Justin Masterson
LHP David Huff
RHP Mitch Talbot

Bullpen
RHP Chris Perez (closer)
RHP Joe Smith (set-up)
LHP Tony Sipp (set-up)
LHP Rafael Perez (middle)
RHP Jamey Wright (middle)
RHP Jensen Lewis (middle)
LHP Aaron Laffey (long)

Disabled List
RHP Kerry Wood
LHP Jeremy Sowers
1B/OF Russell Branyan
RHP Hector Ambriz

Detroit Tigers
Lineup
CF Austin Jackson
LF Johnny Damon
RF Magglio Ordonez
1B Miguel Cabrera
DH Carlos Guillen
3B Brandon Inge
C Gerald Laird
2B Scott Sizemore
SS Adam Everett

Bench
C Alex Avila
INF Ramon Santiago
INF/OF Ryan Raburn
INF/OF Don Kellly

Rotation
RHP Justin Verlander
RHP Max Scherzer
LHP Dontrelle Willis
RHP Rick Porcello
RHP Jeremy Bonderman

Bullpen
RHP Jose Valverde (closer)
LHP Phil Coke (set-up)
RHP Joel Zumaya (set-up)
LHP Fu-Te Ni (middle)
RHP Ryan Perry (middle)
LHP Brad Thomas (middle)
RHP Eddie Bonine (long)

Disabled List
LHP Bobby Seay
RHP Zach Miner

Kansas City Royals
Lineup
RF David DeJesus
LF Scott Podsednik
3B Alberto Callaspo
1B Billy Butler
CF Rick Ankiel
DH Jose Guillen
C Jason Kendall
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Chris Getz

Bench
C Brayan Pena
INF/OF Willie Bloomquist
INF/OF Josh Fields
OF Mitch Maier

Rotation
RHP Zack Greinke
RHP Gil Meche
RHP Luke Hochevar
RHP Brian Bannister
RHP Kyle Davies

Bullpen
RHP Joakim Soria (closer)
RHP Juan Cruz (set-up)
RHP Roman Colon (set-up)
RHP Kyle Farnsworth (middle)
RHP Robinson Tejeda (middle)
LHP Edgar Osuna (middle)
RHP Brad Thompson (long)

Disabled List
3B Alex Gordon
SS Mike Aviles
RHP Henry Barrera

Minnesota Twins
Lineup
CF Denard Span
2B Orlando Hudson
C Joe Mauer
1B Justin Morneau
DH Jason Kubel
RF Michael Cuddyer
LF Delmon Young
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Nick Punto

Bench
C Drew Butera
1B Jim Thome
INF Brendan Harris
INF/OF Alexi Casilla

Rotation
RHP Scott Baker
RHP Nick Blackburn
RHP Carl Pavano
RHP Kevin Slowey
LHP Francisco Liriano

Bullpen
RHP Matt Guerrier (closer)
RHP Jesse Crain (set-up)
LHP Jose Mijares (set-up)
RHP Jon Rauch (middle)
RHP Pat Neshek (middle)
RHP Clay Condrey (middle)
LHP Brian Duensing (long)

Disabled List
RHP Joe Nathan
C Jose Morales

AL West

Los Angeles Angels
Lineup
SS Erick Aybar
RF Bobby Abreu
CF Torii Hunter
DH Hideki Matsui
1B Kendry Morales
LF Juan Rivera
2B Howie Kendrick
C Mike Napoli
3B Brandon Wood

Bench
C Jeff Mathis
INF Maicer Izturis
INF/OF Robb Quinlan
OF Reggie Willits

Rotation
RHP Jered Weaver
LHP Joe Saunders
LHP Scott Kazmir
RHP Ervin Santana
RHP Joel Pineiro

Bullpen
LHP Brian Fuentes (closer)
RHP Fernando Rodney (set-up)
RHP Kevin Jepsen (set-up)
RHP Scot Shields (middle)
RHP Brian Stokes (middle)
RHP Jason Bulger (middle)
RHP Matt Palmer (long)

Oakland Athletics
Lineup
LF Rajai Davis
CF Coco Crisp
RF Ryan Sweeney
DH Jack Cust
C Kurt Suzuki
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
1B Daric Barton
2B Mark Ellis
SS Cliff Pennington

Bench
C/CI/OF Jake Fox
CI Eric Chavez
INF/OF Eric Patterson
OF Gabe Gross

Rotation
RHP Ben Sheets
LHP Brett Anderson
RHP Justin Duchscherer
RHP Dallas Braden
RHP Trevor Cahill

Bullpen
RHP Andrew Bailey (closer)
LHP Craig Breslow (set-up)
RHP Brad Ziegler (set-up)
RHP Edwar Ramirez (middle)
LHP Jerry Blevins (middle)
LHP Brad Kilby (middle)
RHP Chad Gaudin (long)

Disabled List
RHP Joey Devine
LHP Josh Outman
RHP John Meloan
RHP Michael Wuertz

Seattle Mariners
Lineup
RF Ichiro Suzuki
2B Chone Figgins
1B Casey Kotchman
LF Milton Bradley
DH Ken Griffey, Jr.
3B Jose Lopez
CF Franklin Gutierrez
C Adam Moore
SS Jack Wilson

Bench
C Rob Johnson
1B Mike Sweeney

INF Matt Tuiasosopo
OF Eric Byrnes

Rotation
RHP Felix Hernandez
RHP Ian Snell
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith
RHP Jason Vargas
RHP Douglas Fister

Bullpen
RHP David Aardsma (closer)
RHP Mark Lowe (set-up)
RHP Brandon League (set-up)
RHP Shawn Kelley (middle)
RHP Sean White (middle)
LHP Kanekoa Texeira (middle)
LHP Lucas French (long)

Disabled List
LHP Cliff Lee
INF Jack Hannahan
LHP Erik Bedard

Texas Rangers
Lineup
CF Julio Borbon
3B Michael Young
LF Josh Hamilton
DH Vladimir Guerrero
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Chris Davis
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
2B Andres Blanco
SS Elvis Andrus

Bench
C Taylor Teagarden
1B/3B Matthew Brown
INF Joaquin Arias
OF David Murphy

Rotation
RHP Scott Feldman
RHP Rich Harden
LHP C.J. Wilson
RHP Colby Lewis
LHP Matt Harrison

Bullpen
RHP Frank Francisco (closer)
RHP Neftali Feliz (set-up)
LHP Darren Oliver (set-up)
RHP Darren O'Day (middle)
RHP Dustin Nippert (middle)
RHP Chris Ray (middle)
RHP Doug Mathis (long)

Disabled List
RHP Tommy Hunter
RHP Eric Hurley
2B Ian Kinsler

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Peter Benedict

I'm always horrified by my Twins come opening day. Nick Punto?!?!? Guerrier?!

ARGH.

Mar 24, 2010 20:27 PM
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bobbygrace

Funny, I saw Punto batting ninth and had the opposite reaction: That's the biggest thing the Twins have to worry about this year? Sweet!

Mar 25, 2010 06:29 AM
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Brock Dahlke

Agreed. Having the only hole in the lineup being filled by a fantastic defender? I'll take it. As long as its not Jason Tyner hitting 9th I'm good.

Mar 25, 2010 10:03 AM
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John Collins
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Especially Tyner as DH.

Mar 25, 2010 12:22 PM
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dianagram

Could someone adjust the Indians depth chart to reflect Sizemore batting 2nd please.

Mar 24, 2010 20:35 PM
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louisbarash

-- CWS needs a 3b (Teahan?).
-- Teagarden (Tex) mentioned twice - Salty omitted.
-- Royals are indicating Callaspo bats third and DeJesus first.
-- Chavez (Oak) over Barton @ 1B? Eric is hitting under 200 wno walks this spring. And his spring .500 SLG is still well below Barton's. If one thinks they are going to play Chavez in the hope that someone will take some of his salary off their books, it still makes little sense to put him out there against King Felix on day one. As need to put Barton out there and see if they have anything.
-- Jepsen over Bulger in setup? Depth charts have it reversed. More likely to me thaey go back to old reliable Scot Shields.

Mar 24, 2010 20:45 PM
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BP staff member perrotto
BP staff

--I was so shocked that Teahen was hitting third I forgot to type it.

--It's hard to spell Saltalamacchia and I noticed you can't, either. Anyhow, he's going to be the backup.

--Royals just made the change today and I got their info yesterday (it's hard to track down people from 30 teams in one sitting).

--It's going to be a 60/40 split between Chavez and Barton as far as playing time from what I've been told.

--Yes Jepsen is going to set-up up.

Mar 24, 2010 21:09 PM
 
louisbarash
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-- If CWS want to bat Quentin fourth, they'd be better off wRamirez batting third than Teahan (scary as that thought is).

-- I can't spell Saltamacchia, but I can cut and paste it.

-- Depth charts show a very tight race in the West. Playing Chavez and batting him fourth is going to hurt Oak. Given Kouzmanoff's platoon disadvantage, As would be better off giving Chavez time at 3d against righties than benching Barton. Barton may turn out to be a role player or worse, but he still has a chance to be an above league average regular and this may be his last year to show it. As would be better off giving him every chance (even though they admittedly did that last year and he didn't embrace the opportunity). Barton is now 24. When Carter is ready, As have a much better chance to get something good in return for Barton (if he can provce himself) than Chavez (almost no matter what he does).

Mar 24, 2010 22:12 PM
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alillywhite

For Baltimore's depth chart, just to point out a typo, Guthrie is a RHP. Also, do you really think Castillo will make the pen even with Ohman winning the spring training LOOGY sweepstakes? I would guess Albers or even the hardthrowing Sarfate make it over Castillo as a middle man, especially since these two are out of options while Castillo
can be stashed at Norfolk.

Mar 24, 2010 21:55 PM
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BP staff member perrotto
BP staff

Thanks for pointing that out about Guthrie. That last bullpen spot can go a lot of ways with the Orioles. For right now, it seems Castillo has the slightest of edge but that could change.

Mar 25, 2010 00:18 AM
 
Jake V

-LHP Wade Davis

Mar 25, 2010 00:24 AM
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garethbluejays1

It's hard enough to play in the East for Toronto without having to do it with 24 players when everyone else gets 25.

Mar 25, 2010 00:28 AM
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BP staff member perrotto
BP staff

And Merkin Valdez makes 25 for the Jays, though it could go to Accardo.

Mar 25, 2010 00:42 AM
 
joshturin

On what basis/info do you believe Guerrier will close in MIN over Rauch?

Mar 25, 2010 00:58 AM
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gluckschmerz

I'm thinking that Neshek will end up closing, sooner rather than later. And he is so fun to watch, makes a cup of coffee seem calm.

Mar 25, 2010 04:57 AM
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Al Skorupa

Gardenhire has all but ruled Neshek out:

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire shot down talk Friday of Pat Neshek possibly being considered for the club's ninth-inning vacancy. Neshek is about 15 months removed from Tommy John surgery

http://www.fantasysp.com/player/mlb/Pat_Neshek/828635

Mar 25, 2010 08:17 AM
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jmirabellam

That doesnt answer the initial question:

Is there a report to cite suggesting that Rauch will NOT be the guy? Because everyone besides BP seems reasonably confident it will be Rauch, and not Guerrier. And by everyone I mean ESPN.

http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/flb/story?page=REcloserorgchart

Then again, ESPN also has Gregg listed as TOR closer, which seems relatively unlikely.

Obviously I put more stock into what BP says, but Id also prefer to be reassured by something concrete...

Mar 25, 2010 12:45 PM
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David Laurila

Like John said in his introduction, these lists are based on "conversations with club executives and media members." Essentially, it is based on polling.

Mar 25, 2010 14:16 PM
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Kyle E.

What's great is I'm sure the Twins will cite Rauch's experience as a closer as the reason for giving him the gig, though they're the same organization that promoted Guardado and Nathan to the role for the first time and received a slew of 40-save seasons. Not that there's a massive difference between Guerrier and Rauch, but I've got a chuckle tucked away in advance.

Mar 25, 2010 07:26 AM
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tfierst

I'd really like to know about Guerrier as well. I have a keeper decision coming up on Fri with him, and I would keep him if he got the job. Is this speculation or solid info?

Mar 25, 2010 09:01 AM
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tommybones

My money is on Rauch. Neshak could steal it by May.

Mar 27, 2010 16:01 PM
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gluckschmerz

Say it with me.... Neshek..., Neshek..., Neshek.

Mar 28, 2010 06:38 AM
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gaucho777

I agree with the comments above re Teahan. I was shocked to see him in the 3 spot for Chicago. That is not a good sign for the south-siders. Similarly, the Royals are in trouble if Kendall is projected to bat anywhere but 9th in the order (possibly even in interleague play when visiting the NL).

Mar 25, 2010 01:08 AM
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joshturin

Also, John, why do you think Mitch Talbot is CLE's 5th SP, given Carrasco's spring performance & much >> upside?

Mar 25, 2010 01:09 AM
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Al Skorupa

Reports out of Cleveland seem to give Aaron Laffey the edge over Talbot, actually.

Mar 25, 2010 08:20 AM
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nalex83

Options versus no options.

Mar 25, 2010 12:28 PM
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dianagram

This screams for a table. A simplified version of the depth charts tables (which, as an aside, I wish I could get for all 30 teams without going to each page).

Mar 25, 2010 04:04 AM
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buddaley

I am surprised to see Thayer in the Rays' bullpen instead of Benoit. If he is healthy, I think it is Benoit, although I suppose the Rays might start him in AAA to build his arm strength.

Mar 25, 2010 04:17 AM
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offbase99

Agreed. I'm also surprised to see a banged-up Joyce beating out Reid Brignac for the final bench spot.

Mar 25, 2010 07:50 AM
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IvanGrushenko

I really hope Chavez isn't the A's starting 1B. I don't even want him as backup IF, but I guess I could learn to tolerate that. I'd also take Fox over Patterson.

Mar 25, 2010 07:31 AM
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Richie

Good stuff, John. Thanks much!

Mar 25, 2010 08:26 AM
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GREGHACK

Excellent stuff -- and corrective editing suggestions from the finest online baseball community around.

But what have you done for me today? Uh, I mean, will we get a similar NL list before my league's draft on Saturday? Pretty please?

Mar 25, 2010 08:56 AM
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McLovins

Can we take a poll? Assuming this list is accurate; which team has the weakest opening day batting order?
I'll toss my hat in with the ChiSox having a Teahen bat third in the order. That's special.

Mar 25, 2010 09:54 AM
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ScottyB

White Sox, Royals and As look like anemic lineups to me.

Mar 25, 2010 16:16 PM
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graignettles

Kotsay as DH batting 8th? Ugh. When your DH bats 8th, it's time to get a new DH.

Mar 26, 2010 13:15 PM
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NYYanks826

Two observations:

-- Didn't realize just how ghastly the M's rotation looked behind Hernandez since Lee and Bedard are both on the DL.

-- Any word out of Toronto on Dustin McGowan's status?

Mar 25, 2010 11:17 AM
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R.A.Wagman

He's starting the year on the DL - no news yet on when that expects to change, although the team is vastly more optimistic this year than they were last year.

Mar 25, 2010 12:31 PM
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rdierkers

the royals are stuck on the "unwatchable" part of the Process

Mar 25, 2010 11:20 AM
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TheBunk

Good work out the Toronto 25 man roster, my only changes would be McCoy instead of Reed, there have been quite a few reports that he is ahead of Reed and Gathright for the bench spot.

Mar 25, 2010 11:22 AM
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R.A.Wagman

I don't know about that. As Jose Bautista can play in the infield, the Jays could use a true outfield reserve. And Reed has been very impressive this Spring, getting far more playing time than McCoy. But we'll see - either way, both would be the first to lose their job the minute a Brett Wallace proves he's ready for the show.

Mar 25, 2010 12:33 PM
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Bob

thanks for this. It makes me even more excited for Opening Day.

I have that feeling right now that I get when I'm at a concert, already in my seats, just waiting for the lights to go down.

Let's play ball!

Mar 25, 2010 11:49 AM
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John Carter

Thanks oodles for this, John.
A few surprises:

TB: The biggest surprise of this entire exercise - and I wish someone could explain it to me: Why would the Rays go with Thayer over McGee?
I also thought Blalock had earned his way on the team, though, it would have to be at the expense of someone more popular.

Tor: I thought Encarnacion was hurt and the Jays would play Bautista at third, Lind in left, Snider in right, and Ruiz DH.

Min: Punto can't seem to hit anymore. How bad could Harris be at third? Why wouldn't they have a real outfielder on the bench to spell Cuddyer and Young? Perhaps, Jacques Jones isn't the perfect fit, but he hit well this spring. Are they hoping to snatch someone from somewhere?

Oak: Eric Patterson over Adam Rosales?

Mar 25, 2010 12:48 PM
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R.A.Wagman

`Why would the Rays go with Thayer over McGee?` - options - McGee has them, Thayer does not. And McGee only pitched 30 competitive innings last year coming off Tommy John. Maybe he proves he`s ready by May - but no reason to rush that decision.
`I thought Encarnacion was hurt and the Jays would play Bautista at third, Lind in left, Snider in right, and Ruiz DH.` - Encarnacion is back. check the Jays` box score from today.

Mar 25, 2010 13:07 PM
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John Carter

Thanks, Ryan. Though, academically speaking, would you play Encarnacion over Ruiz? Both Lind and Encarnacion are negatives on defense, but, at least, Ruiz can hit. However, Encarnacion is much much younger and I can see them wishcasting him into a solid thirdbaseman by putting him out there every day.

My astonishment with McGee has to do with having drafted him, of course, though, I suspected this might happen when I did. Thayer may be out of options, but the Rays could use another lefty and McGee appears to be fully recovered. Thayer is nobody to keep someone of McGee's talent off the team, but you are right - McGee has a bit more proving to do. I just hope he isn't too fragile and wastes all his good pitches in the minors.

Mar 25, 2010 14:47 PM
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R.A.Wagman

I would play Encarnacion over Ruiz. I would actually probably *only* play Ruiz against lefties. I would give Encarnacion the full year to prove his worth. By then, I would either fish or cut bait. Not much upside to Ruiz and the Jays probably cut bait by opening day 2011 anyway.

Mar 25, 2010 16:05 PM
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John Carter

No wonder I missed Thayer as being out of options. My source missed him as well: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/02/out-of-options-2010.html

Mar 27, 2010 12:19 PM
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ScottyB

Pinch hitfor Punto with Thome in the mid-late innings, replace with Harris.

Mar 25, 2010 16:18 PM
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ashitaka

Oak: Eric Patterson over Adam Rosales?

I don't get it either. In that scenario they have no back-up at SS. And no, Eric Chavez is not he back-up SS.

Mar 29, 2010 13:27 PM
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smallflowers

Where's Jensen Lewis?

Mar 25, 2010 19:43 PM
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singledigit

Miner for the Tigers very probably won't start the season. Will it be Bonine or Willis as long reliever? (Can't believe I'm even typing "Willis", but the guy threw some more pretty good innings again today.)

I also have a feeling it'll be Kelly instead of Clete Thomas. Thomas has an option, Kelly doesn't and can play both outfield and some infield. Plus, kelly has had a pretty good Spring.

Mar 25, 2010 20:27 PM
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John Carter

We'll see. They may feel they need Thomas's outfield defense. I wouldn't be very surprised if they released Everett.

Mar 26, 2010 03:08 AM
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John Carter

I hate these four man benches. They are boring compared to the platooning or interesting specialized bench players you could have instead of a 12th pitcher.

Mar 26, 2010 03:10 AM
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singledigit

Everett will play at least until the Break, I would imagine. With a rookie in CF and another at 2B, I can't imagine the Tigers starting another rook at SS.

It is hard to imagine Everetts hitting could be worse than the 2nd half of last year, but this Spring he's accomplished just that.

His '10 BA will be lower'n a pregnant snakes belly in a wagon rut. The Mendoza Line will look like a membership to Mensa for ex-Governors from Alaska. (Ya know, impossible?) He won't break one single bat the entire season. Leylands good friend LaRussa is going to convince JL to hit Everett 8th.....THAT's how bad he is.

Mar 27, 2010 07:45 AM
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John Carter

Yes, and there's always Ramon Santiago. They may well keep Everett half of the year or more, but surely they have to give Santiago most of the playing time. No?

Mar 27, 2010 12:39 PM
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singledigit

Ramon has about a two step range. It'll all depend on how the rest of the offense is performing.......or under-performing.

If the Tigers are scoring enough runs, both Everett and Laird will have plenty of starts.

If there are a lot of 3-1 losses, both Dlugach and Avila will be getting their feet wet.

Mar 28, 2010 15:27 PM
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lynchjm

Don't you mean Mike Sweeney in Seattle?

Mar 27, 2010 15:52 PM
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Richie

One thing that would be very helpful is to mention at the very beginning what's changed since the last update.

Mar 28, 2010 07:38 AM
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alfresco

Isn't Carlson expected to be part of the Jays bullpen if healthy?

Mar 28, 2010 19:13 PM
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kjgilber

It would also be really helpful (at least to me and my fantasy league) if you post the final actual opening day rosters for each league. It seems to be impossible to find them all in one place now, and some old school leagues like mine still use final opening day rosters as the bible for auction eligibility.

Mar 29, 2010 10:01 AM
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dalbano

Nothing's final at this point, that's why these get updated.

Mar 29, 2010 10:57 AM
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kjgilber

I know. I guess I wasn't clear, but what I meant to say is that when rosters are final, if they could then be posted, that would be helpful. I don't know if BP is considering posting a final list or not.

Mar 29, 2010 13:43 PM
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Michael
(736)

The Tigers are now down to 26 players. Nate Robertson was traded to the Marlins. That puts Dontrelle Willis on the roster and most likely in the rotation too. I would guess that Don Kelly will beat out Clete Thomas for the last bench spot due to versatility and health, but your guess is reasonable.

Mar 30, 2010 11:08 AM
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BurrRutledge

John, thank you for these regular updates. Very informative and interesting. However, it's hard to keep up with the discrete changes. Is there any way that you can preface these updates with a brief summary of the changes in each update?

Thanks again!

Mar 30, 2010 12:45 PM
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BurrRutledge

And I'm not suggesting anything exhaustive. Something as simple as "Twins bullpen re-shuffled" let's us know the latest thinking. We check out the full list for the details.

Mar 30, 2010 12:51 PM
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louisbarash

Your Blue Jay sources weren't all that accurate. Jesse Carlson and Jeremy Reed were sent down today. Is Tallet really going to start or is he the second lefty in the bullpen? Are the Jays really keeping Mike McCoy?

Mar 30, 2010 15:56 PM
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Richie

What BurrRutledge suggests. What BurrRutledge suggests. What BurrRutledge suggests.

How tough could doing this be?

I've stopped wading through the rosters and lineups. It's just not worth it going through all of them to find the one or two changes.

Mar 31, 2010 08:03 AM
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Richie

Oh. I see you're doing this through a separate "Unfiltered". My bad for reading this things from back to front.

Thank you!

Mar 31, 2010 08:09 AM
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Karl T

Fox will be the backup C in Oak according to SF Gate, Fox is out of options, Powell has less pop and has options. Saltalamacchia not the starter in Tex? If accurate, won't be for long.

Mar 31, 2010 13:26 PM
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