Team-building exercise: Predicting 25-man rosters

February 10th, 2018

Players are starting to report to Spring Training, and it's beginning to feel like the season is just around the corner. But there's a lot of work to do for all 30 clubs. Before they can take the field for Opening Day, they must settle on the group of players who will fill their dugouts.

Many of those roster spots are decided long before the season begins, of course. But many others are up for grabs. Spring competitions are about to heat up, and teams aren't done making moves. But that's not stopping us from taking an early stab at predicting who will win jobs in camp.

Here are's projected 25-man rosters for all 30 Major League teams.


Blue Jays:Josh Donaldson leads the Blue Jays' offense entering the new season, and anchors the pitching staff. Who will fall in behind them? More >

Orioles: Baltimore's big infield question has been answered -- Manny Machado will play shortstop -- but the O's have many spots up for grabs, especially in their pitching staff. More >

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Rays: The bullpen and flexible position players will be key for the Rays this season. Will they swing any more trades that shake up their roster? More >

Red Sox: The division champs enter camp with an elite outfield and strong starting rotation, but they could have a few position battles, especially if they make moves on the free-agent front. More >

Yankees: The Bronx Bombers should live up to their name in 2018 thanks to a supremely powerful lineup, and their pitching staff is stacked. But how will they fill their infield vacancies? More >


Indians: The Tribe has kept most of its division-winning core intact, both in the lineup and rotation, but they might not be done with their preseason maneuvering. More >

Royals: The Royals will have Spring Training battles across the roster, which is wide open for the first time in several years. More >

Tigers: The rebuilding Tigers already know a lot about how their roster will look. But in certain areas, they'll have to figure out if a veteran or a youngster is the right choice. More >

Twins: With their offense and bullpen mainly set, the Twins' burning question as they begin their quest to reach the playoffs again is how their starting pitching will shake out. More >

White Sox: The South Siders have some important positions to be decided during camp. Who will play center field? Who will close? More >


A's: Oakland has a lot of young, exciting players it'll be showcasing in 2018. Who will fill in around them? More >

Angels: The Halos are hoping they have the talent to make the postseason for the first time since 2014. They'll have to settle on the right mix of players, especially in the starting rotation. More >

Astros: The World Series champs somehow look even more dangerous entering 2018. More >

Mariners: Seattle has a strong lineup that is mostly set, but the team is in line to have several intriguing competitions for reserve roles in Spring Training. More >

Rangers: Who will play where in the outfield? Who will win the closer role? Will make the pitching staff? The Rangers have their share of roster questions as they enter camp. More >


Braves: Baseball fans are eagerly awaiting the debut of , baseball's No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. How soon will he break into the big leagues? And how will the Braves decide the final spots of their pitching staff? More >

Marlins: Having traded , , and Dee Gordon, the Marlins have plenty of lineup spots to fill around current anchors and J.T. Realmuto. More >

Mets: The Mets' free-agent signings have set up their lineup, and their frontline starters are raring to go. But what about the back of the rotation and the final bullpen spots? More >

Nationals: The powerhouse of the division looks like it's in position to remain that way; the Nats enter Spring Training with an impressive roster. More >

Phillies: The Phillies will be loaded with young talent, which is spread all around the roster. More >


Brewers: Milwaukee's offseason has been full of big moves. As the Brewers seek a playoff spot in 2018, their revamped roster leaves them with plenty of decisions to make entering the year. More >

Cardinals: continues to be a franchise cornerstone in St. Louis, but will Cards fans get their first extended look at stud catching prospect ? And where will Matt Carpenter play this year? More >

Cubs: The two-time defending division champs have another strong roster across the board. Will they add another big piece -- a marquee starting pitcher, perhaps -- before the season begins? More >

Pirates: Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle could get creative with his roster this season. The team is also continuing to eye the free-agent market even as Spring Training arrives. More >

Reds: Last year, Scooter Gennett was a surprise roster addition for the Reds that paid off big-time. Will they find another gem this year? More >


D-backs: The D-backs look like they're in position to contend for another playoff spot. Their spring decisions will involve the middle infield and the outfield. More >

Dodgers: The Dodgers are a perennial favorite in the West, and that won't change this year given their stuffed roster. An interesting question involving a familiar face: Will Matt Kemp make the team? More >

Giants: All eyes will be on and as they get their first action with the Giants. San Francisco's remaining competitions? On the bench, in the bullpen and maybe even in the rotation. More >

Padres: San Diego is looking at roster crunches in the middle infield and starting rotation, with too many candidates for not enough spots. Who will emerge? More >

Rockies: As they seek a postseason spot for a second straight year, the Rockies have decisions to make in the outfield and rotation -- and plenty of options for both. More >