With the arrival of spring training games at the end of last week, here's a team-by-team look at some of the most important job battles around the league.
Second Base -- Brandon Drury v. Ketel Marte
Drury started the D-backs’ spring opener against Grand Canyon University, in what looked like a preview of the team’s Opening Day lineup (sans David Peralta due to visa issues). With a regular role, Drury is a threat to swat 20-plus homers, but hitting between A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt could make Drury a four-category contributor in 2017. Marte is likely to serve as the primary backup at second base and shortstop, but he will need to rekindle his 2015 on-base skills in order to make a significant dent as a source of cheap steals as a part-time player.
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