I saved the easiest for last, so that was very nice of me. Really, the main starting positions everywhere are locked in. There is just left field, the backup roles, and the fifth starter to hash out. Starters are easy to deal with, especially the first four in the rotation.
We all know the fifth starter battle is the only important part of the rotational competitions. But, in recent days, the talk has been that Cain would have to be absolutely atrocious, or injured to not be given that spot come final cut dates. However, it would be much more fun to think of it as an open competition.
We could even have an open competition for if Cain falters in the fifth rotation spot. Suarez, Beede, and Blach are vying for it all. I think Blach ends up being the next in line, based on his incredible performance against the Dodgers on the penultimate day of 2016. So the fifth starter? Definitely going to be Cain, unless unforeseen circumstances arise.
As I mentioned before, stay tuned as we give you updates on the depth chart movement throughout spring training. I’m sure there will be a few movements once the games start rolling. In the meantime, checkout all of our Spring Training Positional Previews!