With Spring Training under way, I figured this would be a better time than any to take a stab at this years Opening Day roster. After a stellar 2012 and an uneventful off season this years squad should be a little easier to predict. A few holes remain though such as who will round out the bench and who will be the fifth starter. So I'll start with my best guess.
Little doubt here
This is the hardest to predict. Casilla offers more on the base paths than anyone else which the O's severely lacked last year. Flaherty may be the odd man out, but I have a hard time seeing him ousted after staying on the roster all last year as a Rule 5 pick. To me, Flaherty and Casilla offer more right now than Canzler or Valencia or any of the other candidates do. Still I have some serious doubt that this is how it will actually will pan out.
The versatility of McClouth makes a 4 man outfield plausible, and Davis can always slot in if needed. Jones and Nick should barely sit.
The first 4 should be near locks. Tillman finished very strong and it would be an upset if he were left out. The question is the fifth spot where I have Britton. He's looking strong early in camp and is reportedly healthy now. Buck is going to go with the 5 best out of camp and to me Britton will step up.
A lot of talent is left off in this situation. To me, Matusz has too much promise left to stay in the pen. Jair has options left and should start at Norfolk. I wouldn't be totally shocked if Bundy made the team but the smart decision decision is to start him the minors with so many options. Steve Johnson is probably my fifth starter if Britton struggles but either way he has to make the roster. MacFarland won't make it two straight years with a rule 5 pick making the roster. As for Tommy Hunter, he's done.
So that's my guess. Anyone else care to add their thoughts?