Yost weighing options for second-base job

Yost weighing options for second-base job

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- For the first time since camp opened a couple of weeks ago, Royals manager Ned Yost suggested he may not have a full-time second baseman when the regular season starts.

The second-base job could remain fluid in April.

"We'll just see how it plays out because I have no preset opinion on who is going to be the Opening Day second baseman," Yost said. "The way I kind of see it, unless someone just runs and grabs it, it's probably going to be that whoever is going to be the Opening Day second baseman probably won't be the everyday second baseman."

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Interestingly, Yost, at least for now, may view the second-base job like his DH spot -- as a floating position among several players.

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The second-base battle is among Christian Colon, Whit Merrifield, Cheslor Cuthbert and Raul Mondesi.

"It could be [Colon] playing there one day, Cuthbert playing there one day," Yost said. "You just don't know how it will play out.

"You got Merrifield, who could play some second. Mondi could end up being the second base guy. Colon could be the guy. You just don't know."

It is a competition that will intensify as camp continues.

"After [Spring Training] we'll know a little more," Yost said. "But we're going to move guys around early [in the season], too. We'll move guys because we'll have to take it easy with [Mike Moustakas] early, so that opens up some playing time for Cuthbert at third.

"But we'll just see how it plays out."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.