The Sunday Read: A way-too-early Rangers Opening Day roster projection
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The thinking here used to be that publishing an Opening Day roster projection opened a writer up to massive failure, ridicule and shame.
Upon further inspection, though, it’s not rocket science.
There are 26 spots on an active MLB roster. Teams can have no more than 13 pitchers. The majority of the roster is set before spring training even begins.
Take the Rangers. It’s an incredibly safe bet that, barring injury, their five-man rotation is settled. Barring injury, the four infield spots are determined, and so are the two catchers and two of the three outfielders.
That one paragraph has half the Opening Day roster.