Fantasy baseball 2013 season preview: Position battle updates
The Tuesday before the start of the baseball season is moving day. Players competing in spring training position battles hope that means packing their bags for the major leagues, not the minors.
Hello, Red Sox outfield phenom Jackie Bradley!
We're still waiting to hear whether one of the biggest discoveries of spring training will complete his surprising March run by punching a ticket to the big leagues. In the meantime, as we drool over his near-.500 spring batting average and oozing long-term potential, here's a team-by-team spring recap of the position battles that have (seemingly) been resolved, listed in order of fantasy importance.
Top position battle winners
? Other Reds who won battles: SP Mike Leake.
? Other Braves who won battles: 3B Juan Francisco (LH platoon mate with Chris Johnson) and C Gerald Laird (until Brian McCann is ready).
? Other Padres who won battles: 2B Alex Amarista (until Logan Forsythe or Headley are ready), RF Will Venable (LH platoon mate with RH Chris Denorfia) and SPs Eric Stults and Tyson Ross (if Andrew Cashner is not ready).
? Other Angels who won battles: CF Peter Bourjos.
? Other Twins who won battles: RF Chris Parmelee, 2B Brian Dozier, SS Pedro Florimon and SPs Liam Hendriks and Cole De Vries.
? Other Rangers who won battles: SP Nick Tepesch (at least until Martin Perez is ready).
? Other Astros who won battles: CL Veras, first baseman Brett Wallace, shortstop Ronny Cedeno, third baseman Matt Dominguez, center fielder Justin Maxwell and RF Rick Ankiel.
? Other Pirates to win battles: RF Travis Snider and LF Starling Marte.
? Other Phillies who won battles: SPs Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan, LF John Mayberry (at least until Delmon Young is ready) and C Erik Kratz (at least until Carlos Ruiz is ready).
? Other Cardinals who won battles: CL Mitchell Boggs (until Jason Motte is ready), 2B Matt Carpenter (although he will play third base until David Freese is ready with Daniel Descalso at 2B) and SS Pete Kozma.
? Other Yankees who won battles: LF Vernon Wells (via trade or Brennan Boesch via waivers), C Francisco Cervelli, 1B Juan Rivera (until Jeter is ready), DH Travis Hafner (once Jeter can play SS) and SPs Ivan Nova/David Phelps (until Phil Hughes is ready).
? Other Rays who won battles: 2B Kelly Johnson, LF Matt Joyce/DH Luke Scott (until Myers is ready), 1B James Loney and C Jose Molina.
? Other Dodgers who won battles: SS Luis Cruz (he moves to third baseman once Hanley Ramirez is ready) and 3B Jerry Hairston (platooning with Nick Punto and Juan Uribe).
? Other Orioles who won battles: DH/LF Nolan Reimold, LF Nate McLouth (vs. RHP), DH Ryan Flaherty (vs. RHP), SPs Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz (if Chris Tillman is not ready).
? Other Athletics who won battles: C John Jaso, CF Coco Crisp, DH Seth Smith, 1B Brandon Moss, 2Bs Eric Sogard (vs. RHP) and Scott Sizemore/Adam Rosales (vs. LHP) and SPs Tom Milone, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily.
? Other Mariners who won battles: RF Michael Saunders and SPs Blake Beavan and Brandon Maurer.
? Other Blue Jays who won battles: SP Happ, CL Casey Janssen (or Sergio Santos if Janssen is not ready).
? Other Indians who won battles: CL Vinnie Pestano (if Chris Perez isn't ready) and SP Zach McAllister.
? Other Diamondbacks who won battles: SS Cliff Pennington.
? Other Cubs who won battles: CL Carlos Marmol and SPs Travis Wood, Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva (at least until Matt Garza and Scott Baker are ready).
? Other Marlins who won battles: SPs Nathan Eovaldi, Wade LeBlanc, Henderson Alvarez and Kevin Slowey.
? Other Brewers who won battles: SPs Marco Estrada, Michael Fiers, Chris Narveson and Wily Peralta (at least until Kyle Lohse is ready).
? Other Royals who won battles: CF Lorenzo Cain and 2B Chris Getz.
Four teams still in flux:
Three teams already set