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That is to say, it's time for our annual arguments about who qualifies where. As BCL, it is my job to establish perspective, set parameters and in general herd the cats in the only way cats can be herded, by guessing in which direction they are headed and racing ahead to be there when they arrive.
Which can be a long wait.
Thus, I understand that these preliminary discussions are often reversed 'at table.' But what the hell. Better to light one little candle than curse the darkness or Marko, whichever comes first.
Boston: Ortiz is a first sacker. No problem there. Rusney Castillo will start the year in the minors, but Victorino in RF is the guy he'll most likely replace when he comes up.
Baltimore: DH Steve Pearce is listed as backup at 1B.
Chicago: DH Adam LaRoche is listed as backup at 1B.
Cleveland: DH Carlos Santana is listed as backup at 1B. Didn't catch or play 3B this spring.
Detroit: DH Victor Martinez is listed as backup at 1B. Didn't catch this spring.
Houston: DH Chris Carter is listed as backup at 1B.
Kansas City: DH Kendrys Morales isn't listed as backup anywhere. So: 1B.
LA: DH Matt Joyce is listed as backup in LF.
Minnesota: DH Kennys Vargas (whom I've never heard of till this moment) is listed as backup at 1B.
NYC: Aha. Room for argument here. DH Garrett Jones is listed as backup at 1B. DH Alex Rodriguez is listed as backup at 3B. Who actually plays where the first ten days will be suggestive.
Oakland: DH Billy Butler is listed as backup at 1B. Gentry and Fuld will platoon in CF once Cocoa Crisp returns to retake LF. But Gentry will start the season in left, so I'd say draft him there along with fragile Cocoa.
Seattle: DH Nelson Cruz is listed as backup in LF.
Tampa: DH John Jaso is not listed as backup at C *but* he's a catcher. So Jaso: catcher.
Texas: DH Mitch Moreland is listed as backup at 1B.
Toronto: DH Edwin Encarnacio is listed as backup at 1B.
Any other position puzzles we need to chew on???