Found March 27, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
With just five days until nearly the entire league begins play on April 1st, roster battles are being decided here in the final week of games. The last spot on the bench or in the bullpen is largely inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but the fifth starter's job in the rotation means a lot more. A lot of teams usually have an open competition in spring for the final job in the starting five, and this year was no exception. Just five days from the league-wide Opening Day, most of these battles have been decided, and the choices some teams have made involve both familiar names and some incredibly bizarre decisions. The Tampa Bay Rays are going with Jeff Niemann in their fifth spot as opposed to the more talented Chris Archer or Jake Odorizzi, mostly because Niemann is out of options. But his innings pitched have gone down in each year since his full season debut in 2009 due to injuries, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that he'll get hurt again t...
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