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Projected 2019 lineups, rotations for every team

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Spring Training is in full swing, and Opening Day is fast approaching. For some players, the Cactus League in Arizona and Grapefruit League in Florida provide nothing more than a chance to shake off some rust. For others, it’s an opportunity to win a roster spot or a starting position.

Spring Training is in full swing, and Opening Day is fast approaching.

For some players, the Cactus League in Arizona and Grapefruit League in Florida provide nothing more than a chance to shake off some rust. For others, it’s an opportunity to win a roster spot or a starting position.

As these battles play out, some jobs remain up for grabs. But with help from all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here’s a look at how each roster might turn out when Opening Day arrives.

BLUE JAYS
Lineup:
1) Lourdes Gurriel Jr., 2B
2) Brandon Drury, 3B
3) Justin Smoak, 1B
4) Kendrys Morales, DH
5) Randal Grichuk, RF
6) Teoscar Hernandez, LF
7) Kevin Pillar, CF
8) Danny Jansen, C
9) Freddy Galvis, SS

Rotation and closer:
1) Marcus Stroman, RHP
2) Aaron Sanchez, RHP
3) Matt Shoemaker, RHP
4) Clay Buchholz, RHP
5) Ryan Borucki, LHP
Closer: Ken Giles, RHP

ORIOLES
Lineup:
1) Cedric Mullins, CF
2) Jonathan Villar, 2B
3) Trey Mancini, LF
4) Mark Trumbo, DH
5) Chris Davis, 1B
6) Renato Nunez, 3B
7) Chance Sisco, C
8) Joey Rickard, RF
9) Richie Martin, SS

Rotation and closer:
1) Dylan Bundy, RHP
2) Andrew Cashner, RHP
3) Alex Cobb, RHP
4) David Hess, RHP
5) Yefry Ramirez , RHP
Closer: Mychal Givens, RHP

RAYS
Lineup:
1) Austin Meadows, RF
2) Tommy Pham, LF
3) Ji-Man Choi, 1B
4) Yandy Diaz, 3B
5) Avisail Garcia, DH
6) Daniel Robertson, 2B
7) Willy Adames, SS
8) Kevin Kiermaier, CF
9) Mike Zunino, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Blake Snell, LHP
2) Charlie Morton, RHP
3) Opener
4) Tyler Glasnow, RHP
5) Opener
Closer: Jose Alvarado, LHP

RED SOX
Lineup:
1) Andrew Benintendi, LF
2) Mookie Betts, RF

3) Rafael Devers, 3B

4) J.D. Martinez, DH

5) Xander Bogaerts, SS

6) Mitch Moreland, 1B
7) Brock Holt, 2B
8) Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9) Christian Vazquez, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Chris Sale, LHP
2) David Price, LHP
3) Rick Porcello, RHP
4) Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
5) Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
Closer: Matt Barnes, RHP

YANKEES
Lineup:
1) Aaron Hicks, CF
2) Aaron Judge, RF
3) Giancarlo Stanton, DH
4) Gary Sanchez, C
5) Miguel Andujar, 3B
6) Luke Voit, 1B
7) Troy Tulowitzki, SS
8) Gleyber Torres, 2B
9) Brett Gardner, LF

Rotation and closer:
1) Masahiro Tanaka, RHP
2) James Paxton, LHP
3) J.A. Happ, LHP
4) Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP
5) Domingo German, RHP
Closer: Aroldis Chapman, LHP

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

INDIANS
Lineup:
1) Francisco Lindor, SS
2) Jason Kipnis, 2B
3) Jose Ramirez, 3B
4) Carlos Santana, 1B
5) Hanley Ramirez, DH
6) Jake Bauers, LF
7) Tyler Naquin, RF
8) Leonys Martin, CF
9) Roberto Perez, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Corey Kluber, RHP
2) Trevor Bauer, RHP
3) Carlos Carrasco, RHP
4) Mike Clevinger, RHP
5) Shane Bieber, RHP
Closer: Brad Hand, LHP

ROYALS
Lineup:
1) Whit Merrifield, 2B
2) Adalberto Mondesi, SS
3) Alex Gordon, LF
4) Jorge Soler, DH
5) Ryan O'Hearn,1B
6) Hunter Dozier, 3B
7) Brian Goodwin, RF
8) Martin Maldonado, C
9) Billy Hamilton, CF

Rotation and closer:
1) Danny Duffy, LHP
2) Brad Keller, RHP
3) Jakob Junis, RHP
4) Ian Kennedy, RHP
5) Jorge Lopez, RHP
Closer: Brad Boxberger, RHP

TIGERS
Lineup:
1) Josh Harrison, 2B
2) Nicholas Castellanos, RF
3) Miguel Cabrera, DH
4) Niko Goodrum, 1B
5) Christin Stewart, LF
6) Jeimer Candelario, 3B
7) Jordy Mercer, SS
8) Grayson Greiner, C
9) JaCoby Jones, CF

Rotation and closer:
1) Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
2) Matthew Boyd, LHP
3) Matt Moore, LHP
4) Tyson Ross, RHP
5) Daniel Norris, LHP
Closer: Shane Greene, RHP

TWINS
Lineup:
1) Jorge Polanco, SS
2) Max Kepler, RF
3) Nelson Cruz, DH
4) Eddie Rosario, LF
5) C.J. Cron, 1B
6) Marwin Gonzalez, 3B
7) Jonathan Schoop, 2B
8) Jason Castro, C
9) Byron Buxton, CF

Rotation and closer:
1) Jose Berrios, RHP
2) Kyle Gibson, RHP
3) Michael Pineda, RHP
4) Jake Odorizzi, RHP
5) Martin Perez, LHP
Closer: Trevor May, RHP

WHITE SOX
Lineup:
1) Jon Jay, RF
2) Yoan Moncada, 3B
3) Jose Abreu, 1B
4) Yonder Alonso, DH
5) Welington Castillo, C
6) Daniel Palka, LF
7) Tim Anderson, SS
8) Yolmer Sanchez, 2B
9) Adam Engel, CF

Rotation and closer:
1) Carlos Rodon, LHP
2) Reynaldo Lopez, RHP
3) Ivan Nova, RHP
4) Lucas Giolito, RHP
5) Manny Banuelos, LHP
Closer: Alex Colome, RHP

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

ANGELS
Lineup:
1) Zack Cozart, 3B
2) Mike Trout, CF
3) Justin Upton, LF
4) Justin Bour, 1B
5) Albert Pujols, DH
6) Andrelton Simmons, SS
7) Kole Calhoun, RF
8) David Fletcher, 2B
9) Jonathan Lucroy, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Tyler Skaggs, LHP
2) Andrew Heaney, LHP
3) Matt Harvey, RHP
4) Trevor Cahill, RHP
5) Jaime Barria, RHP
Closer: Cody Allen, RHP

ASTROS
Lineup:
1) George Springer, CF
2) Alex Bregman, 3B
3) Jose Altuve, 2B
4) Carlos Correa, SS
5) Michael Brantley, LF
6) Yuli Gurriel, 1B
7) Josh Reddick, RF
8) Tyler White, DH
9) Robinson Chirinos, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Justin Verlander, RHP
2) Gerrit Cole, RHP
3) Wade Miley, LHP
4) Collin McHugh, RHP
5) Brad Peacock, RHP
Closer: Roberto Osuna, RHP

ATHLETICS
Lineup:
1) Robbie Grossman, LF
2) Matt Chapman, 3B
3) Matt Olson, 1B
4) Khris Davis, DH
5) Stephen Piscotty, RF
6) Jurickson Profar, 2B
7) Ramon Laureano, CF
8) Marcus Semien, SS
9) Nick Hundley, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Mike Fiers, RHP
2) Marco Estrada, RHP
3) Brett Anderson, LHP
4) Daniel Mengden, RHP
5) Frankie Montas, RHP
Closer: Blake Treinen, RHP

MARINERS
Lineup:
1) Dee Gordon, 2B
2) Mitch Haniger, CF
3) Jay Bruce, RF
4) Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
5) Ryon Healy, 3B
6) Domingo Santana, LF
7) Omar Narvaez, C
8) Daniel Vogelbach, DH
9) Tim Beckham, SS
* CF Mallex Smith missed Opening Day in Japan with elbow injury, but expected back shortly to hit leadoff, with Haniger moving to RF.

Rotation and closer:
1) Marco Gonzales, LHP
2) Yusei Kikuchi, LHP
3) Mike Leake, RHP
4) Wade LeBlanc, LHP
5) Felix Hernandez, RHP
Closer: Hunter Strickland, RHP

RANGERS
Lineup:
1) Shin-Soo Choo, DH
2) Rougned Odor, 2B
3) Elvis Andrus, SS
4) Nomar Mazara, RF
5) Joey Gallo, LF
6) Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B
7) Ronald Guzman, 1B
8) Jeff Mathis, C
9) Delino DeShields, CF

Rotation and closer:
1) Mike Minor, LHP
2) Lance Lynn, RHP
3) Edinson Volquez, RHP
4) Drew Smyly, LHP
5) Shelby Miller, RHP
Closer: Jose Leclerc, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

BRAVES
Lineup:
1) Ender Inciarte, CF
2) Josh Donaldson, 3B
3) Freddie Freeman, 1B
4) Ronald Acuna Jr., LF
5) Nick Markakis, RF
6) Tyler Flowers, C
7) Ozzie Albies, 2B
8) Dansby Swanson, SS

Rotation and closer:
1) Sean Newcomb, LHP
2) Kevin Gausman, RHP
3) Julio Teheran, RHP
4) Touki Toussaint, RHP
5) Max Fried, LHP
Closer: Arodys Vizcaino, RHP

MARLINS
Lineup:
1) Miguel Rojas, SS
2) Brian Anderson, 3B
3) Starlin Castro, 2B
4) Peter O'Brien, RF
5) Neil Walker, 1B
6) Lewis Brinson, CF
7) Jorge Alfaro, C
8) Curtis Granderson, LF

Rotation and closer:
1) Jose Urena, RHP
2) Dan Straily, RHP
3) Sandy Alcantara, RHP
4) Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
5) Trevor Richards, RHP
Closer: Drew Steckenrider, RHP

METS
Lineup:
1) Brandon Nimmo, CF
2) Jed Lowrie, 3B
3) Robinson Cano, 2B
4) Wilson Ramos, C
5) Michael Conforto, RF
6) Pete Alonso, 1B
7) Jeff McNeil, LF
8) Amed Rosario, SS

Rotation and closer:
1) Jacob deGrom, RHP
2) Noah Syndergaard, RHP
3) Zack Wheeler, RHP
4) Steven Matz, LHP
5) Jason Vargas, LHP
Closer: Edwin Diaz, RHP

NATIONALS
Lineup:
1) Trea Turner, SS
2) Adam Eaton, RF
3) Anthony Rendon, 3B
4) Juan Soto, LF
5) Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
6) Brian Dozier, 2B
7) Victor Robles, CF
8) Yan Gomes, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Max Scherzer, RHP
2) Stephen Strasburg, RHP
3) Patrick Corbin, LHP
4) Anibal Sanchez, RHP
5) Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
Closer: Sean Doolittle, LHP

PHILLIES
Lineup:
1) Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2) Jean Segura, SS
3) Bryce Harper, RF
4) Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5) J.T. Realmuto, C
6) Andrew McCutchen, LF
7) Odubel Herrera, CF
8) Maikel Franco, 3B

Rotation and closer:
1) Aaron Nola, RHP
2) Jake Arrieta, RHP
3) Nick Pivetta, RHP
4) Zach Eflin, RHP
5) Vince Velasquez, RHP
Closer: David Robertson, RHP, or Seranthony Dominguez, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

BREWERS
Lineup:
1) Lorenzo Cain, CF
2) Christian Yelich, RF
3) Ryan Braun, LF
4) Travis Shaw, 3B
5) Jesus Aguilar, 1B
6) Yasmani Grandal, C
7) Mike Moustakas, 2B
8) Orlando Arcia, SS

Rotation and closer:
1) Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
2) Freddy Peralta, RHP
3) Brandon Woodruff, RHP
4) Corbin Burnes, RHP
5) Zach Davies, RHP
Closer: Josh Hader, LHP

CARDINALS
Lineup:
1) Matt Carpenter, 3B
2) Dexter Fowler, RF
3) Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
4) Marcell Ozuna, LF
5) Paul DeJong, SS
6) Yadier Molina, C
7) Kolten Wong, 2B
8) Harrison Bader, CF

Rotation and closer:
1) Miles Mikolas, RHP
2) Jack Flaherty, RHP
3) Michael Wacha, RHP
4) Adam Wainwright, RHP
5) John Gant, RHP
Closer: Andrew Miller, LHP and Jordan Hicks, RHP

CUBS
Lineup:
1) Albert Almora Jr., CF
2) Kris Bryant, 3B
3) Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4) Javier Baez, SS
5) Ben Zobrist, 2B
6) Kyle Schwarber, LF
7) Willson Contreras, C
8) Jason Heyward, RF

Rotation and closer:
1) Jon Lester, LHP
2) Yu Darvish, RHP
3) Cole Hamels, LHP
4) Kyle Hendricks, RHP
5) Jose Quintana, LHP
Closer: Pedro Strop, RHP

PIRATES
Lineup:
1) Adam Frazier, 2B
2) Starling Marte, CF
3) Corey Dickerson, LF
4) Josh Bell, 1B
5) Francisco Cervelli, C
6) Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
7) Jung Ho Kang, 3B
8) Erik Gonzalez, SS

Rotation and closer:
1) Jameson Taillon, RHP
2) Chris Archer, RHP
3) Trevor Williams, RHP
4) Joe Musgrove, RHP
5) Jordan Lyles, RHP
Closer: Felipe Vazquez, LHP

REDS
Lineup:
1) Jesse Winker, LF
2) Joey Votto, 1B
3) Yasiel Puig, RF
4) Eugenio Suarez, 3B
5) Scooter Gennett, 2B
6) Nick Senzel, CF
7) Jose Peraza, SS
8) Tucker Barnhart, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Sonny Gray, RHP
2) Tanner Roark, RHP
3) Alex Wood, LHP
4) Luis Castillo, RHP
5) Anthony DeSclafani, RHP
Closer: Raisel Iglesias, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-BACKS
Lineup:
1) Ketel Marte, CF
2) Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3) David Peralta, LF
4) Steven Souza Jr., RF
5) Jake Lamb, 1B
6) Wilmer Flores, 2B
7) Nick Ahmed, SS
8) Carson Kelly, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Zack Greinke, RHP
2) Robbie Ray, LHP
3) Zack Godley, RHP
4) Luke Weaver, RHP
5) Merrill Kelly, RHP
Closer: Archie Bradley, RHP

DODGERS
Lineup:
1) Joc Pederson, LF
2) Corey Seager, SS
3) Justin Turner, 3B
4) Cody Bellinger, RF
5) A.J. Pollock, CF
6) Max Muncy, 1B
7) Chris Taylor, 2B
8) Austin Barnes, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Rich Hill, LHP
2) Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP
3) Kenta Maeda, RHP
4) Ross Stripling, RHP
5) Walker Buehler, RHP
Closer: Kenley Jansen, RHP

GIANTS
Lineup:
1) Steven Duggar, CF
2) Joe Panik, 2B
3) Buster Posey, C
4) Brandon Belt, 1B
5) Evan Longoria, 3B
6) Brandon Crawford, SS
7) Gerardo Parra, LF
8) Mac Williamson, RF

Rotation and closer:
1) Madison Bumgarner, LHP
2) Derek Holland, LHP
3) Dereck Rodriguez, RHP
4) Drew Pomeranz, LHP
5) Jeff Samardzija, RHP
Closer: Will Smith, LHP

PADRES
Lineup:
1) Ian Kinsler, 2B
2) Manny Machado, 3B
3) Eric Hosmer, 1B
4) Wil Myers, LF
5) Franmil Reyes, RF
6) Manuel Margot, CF
7) Luis Urias, SS
8) Austin Hedges, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Joey Lucchesi, LHP
2) Eric Lauer, LHP
3) Robbie Erlin, LHP
4) Chris Paddack, RHP
5) Matt Strahm, LHP
Closer: Kirby Yates, RHP

ROCKIES
Lineup:
1) Charlie Blackmon, RF
2) Nolan Arenado, 3B
3) Daniel Murphy, 1B
4) Trevor Story, SS
5) David Dahl, LF
6) Ian Desmond, CF
7) Ryan McMahon/Garrett Hampson, 2B
8) Chris Iannetta, C

Rotation and closer:
1) Kyle Freeland, LHP
2) German Marquez, RHP
3) Tyler Anderson, LHP
4) Jon Gray, RHP
5) Chad Bettis, RHP
Closer: Wade Davis, RHP