Roster speculation 2007
Welcome to my first stab at a projection for the Opening Day roster. As past experience goes, this is far from a guarantee of anything. Last year it changed a couple of times as the weeks went on. But hopefully we’ll at least start a little discussion here.
Starters (5): Chris Carpenter, Kip Wells, Adam Wainwright, Anthony Reyes, Braden Looper
Relievers (7): Jason Isringhausen, Brad Thompson, Russ Springer, Josh Hancock, Randy Flores, Tyler Johnson
Catchers (2): Yadier Molina, Gary Bennett
Infielders (6): Albert Pujols, Adam Kennedy, David Eckstein, Scott Rolen, Aaron Miles, Scott Spiezio
Outfielders (5): Chris Duncan, Preston Wilson, So Taguchi, Skip Schumaker, John Rodriguez
DL: Jim Edmonds, Juan Encarnacion, Mark Mulder, Josh Kinney
Assuming that Edmonds and Encarnacion are both on the DL, the only really wide-open area seems to be the bullpen, where you still have more pitchers than spots. I have Ricardo Rincon off, because I think they may find a way to flip him for something. The only guys who really seem like locks to me in the pen, though, are Izzy, Springer, Thompson and Flores. The other four — Franklin, Hancock, Rincon, Johnson — need to be wedged into three spots. If Johnson turns it around, and I expect he will, he pretty much becomes a lock too. They love him, and with good reason. But if he keeps struggling, don’t forget that he does have options.