This article is part of our Spring Training Job Battles series.
Opening Day is around the corner and most job battles have been settled, but a few spots remain up for grabs. This week we'll look at those who have won jobs, those still in the mix and some of the final roster cuts worth your attention as you prepare for fantasy drafts or start to scour the waiver wire for injury replacements and roster upgrades.
No job battles of significance remain, though Stephen Drew looks like he will be sidelined part of April, which creates extra playing time for Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald. Bloomquist offers some speed, so he could have value in formats that require going deeper into the player pool.
Starting Rotation: Mike Minor has pitched well this spring and has locked up a rotation spot. He's a solid target in mixed leagues. The Livan Hernandez signing looked like it would end the competition for the fifth starter's job, but GM Frank Wren said that isn't the case. Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran both still have an opportunity to win a spot in the rotation. Tim Hudson's return should bump whoever ends up as the fifth starter from the rotation when he is recovered from back surgery. Kris Medlen is also worth keeping an eye on. He'd be worth a look in NL only and deeper mixed leagues if he found himself with a spot in the rotation later this year.
Shortstop: Rookie Tyler Pastornicky remains the likely choice to open