Normally, I do (in addition to the player analyses) “other possibilities” posts summarizing, well, other players who might make the team. I didn’t do that this year, for reasons both personal and not. At any event, the only position spot that has been open is the starting centerfield job, as even the bench jobs have been secured (barring injury or trade) basically from the get-go.
I wrote up Josh Anderson some weeks ago, feeling that he pretty much had the job in hand. But DOB, among others, now thinks that Jordan Schafer has moved into the lead. There’s still a week to go, and Schafer probably has to stay well ahead of Anderson, but considering Anderson’s lack of secondary offense Schafer’s probably the better player right now.
The bullpen is almost always the most complicated part of the team to assemble, and usually the last that gels. Right now, things are unsettled. The Braves are deciding between two LOOGYs, neither of whom has been at all impressive; Rafael Soriano is hurt again, and the Braves are again acting like it’s a moral failure; Mike Gonzalez is pitching poorly. The options situation is also affecting the team. For example, Manny Acosta could get sent down just because he has options left. Anyway, since the Braves won’t need a fifth starter at the beginning of the season, they’ll probably go with eight relievers to start. I’m guessing:
But that’s just a guess. They might, for example, send Acosta down to keep both LOOGY candidates, or Soriano could start on the DL. It looks like Jeff Bennett will be waived.