|8||Mike Zunino/Carlos Ruiz||C||R|
The club likely tinkers with what to do between Segura and Cano at the top of the order. Martin and Gamel could be candidates along with Dyson versus right-handed starters, as could Seager.
|2||Guillermo Heredia/Mitch Haniger||LF||R|
|7||Mike Zunino/Carlos Ruiz||C||R|
Valencia could be a candidate in the No. 2 spot versus lefties, as could Motter. Shawn O’Malley also is an option as the utilty player. As constructed, one of O’Malley or Motter has to make the club as the best backup shortstop options on the 40-man roster. Another acquisition is plausible.
Ruiz will get starts at least a few times per week, but since he and Zunino both are right-handed bats there’s no natural platoon advantage.
There’s upside in four of the five and essentially swapping out Taijuan Walker and Ariel Miranda at season’s end for Gallardo and Smyly is advantage 2017 in terms of reliability. Miranda and Chris Heston are the top options to come up from Tacoma and fill in when the need arises.
Expect some non-roster invitees to litter big-league camp next month, too.
The hierarchy in front of Diaz is likely to be fluid all year outside Rzepczynski being the top, and perhaps only left-hander.
Miranda could be an option in the bullpen, too, and James Pazos will have a shot to win a job in March.