With just one month until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, many teams sign experienced major league pieces to minor league contracts to give some younger talents competition in camp. If they come in and perform well, they could make the Opening Day roster.
With help from Joe Orsatti, we examined which players with MLB experience has the best chance of making the main roster out of Spring Training for their respective teams, as we first looked at two players on the San Francisco Giants.
Bryan Morris, RHP
Bryan Morris has been a reliable right-handed reliever over the past few seasons with the Marlins, posting a 2.30 ERA in three years with the Miami Marlins. His season was cut short in 2016, as he underwent back surgery in May 2016. The Giants' relief corps has a bunch of competition heading into training camp, with newly-signed reliever Mark Melancon serving as the team's closer, and Will Smith, Hunter Strickland, George Kontos, and Derek Law seeming to be locks in the bullpen.
Cory Gearrin and Albert Suarez are both out of options, while Josh Osich and Neil Ramirez are the other right-handers coming into Spring Training vying for a spot on the Opening Day roster. If Gearrin and Suarez both struggle in Spring Training, then Bryan Morris could see himself on the Opening Day roster, as he has more big league experience than Neil Ramirez and Josh Osich.
Michael Morse, 1B/OF
The outfield bench is open. Gorkys Hernandez and Mac Williamson are projected to take the bench jobs in the outfield, but it's not set in stone. Williamson has minor league options, and Gorkys Hernandez has never been a spectacular hitter in the majors. Michael Morse, however, doesn't have much of a shot to make the roster, unless he perform well in Spring Training. Morse was the one who initiated contract talks to return to the Giants, so that could mean he wasn't initially in the organization's plans.null