Because i love writing superfluous fanposts.
Looking at every member of the 40-man roster and Non Roster Invitees (NRIs), i will attempt to have a wild stab in the dark at who will be on the Cards' come opening day. Barring unforseen circumstances (i.e. Miles) or exceptional ST performance.
Maybe giving Chambers a little too much credit, but he's certainly a good dark horse candidate for 4th OF. I reckon that with Craig (allegedly) trying to be a thridbaseman he and Jay could head out with the big boys.
Positional versatility might give the upper hand to Greene and Punto; i think it depends on whoever is better in ST gets the backup MIF job. Descalso will (probably) start the year in the Minors.
The VEB hivemind might be rooting for Anderson, but the smart (read TLR's) money is on Laird.
Matt Carpenter (we can only hope)
Amaury Marti Cazana
Stavinoha (oh sweet jesus no)
The definately not's:
Battle of the LOOGYs; there is a chance that both make the cut due to Tallet's starting experience. Making him a potential long reliever / swing-man. There is an even bigger chance that the FO picks up another LOOGY as an NRI.
Battle of the long relievers / spot starters. This really depends on ST performance and condition, it could be either of them (or neither of them)
Showdown: Fernando Salas vs. ???
The job is Salas' to lose. I'm not confident enough to say he is guaranteed a spot in the bullpen, but it would be a shock if he's not in there come April.
So there you go, by my stabs in the dark; we have 18 roster spots already filled. Because TLR, i'm going to say that 13 pitchers and 12 position players make the cut; that leaves 4 hitters and 3 pitchers that need to be picked in ST, personally, i reckon; Jay, Craig, Anderson, Punto and Tallet, Snell, Salas. Your thoughts?