With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com takes a look at a different aspect of this year's Orioles squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- It's never too early to start predicting the 25-man roster. And while there's not a whole lot of roster intrigue for the Orioles -- assuming there are no major injuries -- there are still some spots that will be up for grabs when camp starts next week.
Third base:Manny Machado
Unless the Orioles find a better third baseman, of course. (Kidding.)
Hardy will once again captain the infield.
Utility man:Ryan Flaherty
Flaherty is versatile and defensively sound, though the recent signing of Robert Andino, who will be a non-roster invitee, could make things interesting.
Designated hitter (2):Mark Trumbo, Trey Mancini
Trumbo should get a lot of DH at-bats. Mancini isn't a lock to make the team -- he's one of those fringe guys -- but he has shown the ability to crush left-handed pitching, which is a weakness for the O's.