With Spring Training right around the corner, jobs and roster spots are on the line. It is a personal war zone for invitees to make the Opening Day Roster. Here are four examples of players who could possibly lose their job to the “future”.
1) Troy Tulowitzki
Once regarded as one of the brightest stars of our game, Tulowitzki has battled injuries in the past couple seasons. Tulo has failed to make the All-Star team as a member of Toronto, and he may now have to compete for playing time with Aledmys Diaz, a young shortstop with some power who made the All-Star team as a rookie with the Cardinals in 2016. They also have young prospect Richard Urena in the wings, so the door may be closing on Tulowitzki.
2) Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond had a nice career in Washington, playing middle infield, hitting homers and stealing bases. Then he left for unfamiliar territory in Texas and centerfield. But, he thrived and was an All-Star. So, the Rockies thought maybe they can thrust Desmond into uncharted waters like the Rangers did, and they signed him to a 5-year deal to play first base. But, he struggled with injuries and lost his power. With young first baseman Ryan McMahon stepping in, Desmond looks to be moved to a corner outfield spot. But, with a healthy David Dahl and young Raimel Tapia, it could mean trouble for Desmond and fellow veteran Parra. Look for Desmond to be out of a job by opening day.
3) Matt Kemp
Was it that long ago that Matt Kemp was an MVP caliber player? When he finished second in the MVP race in 2011, he had 39 homers and had 126 RBIs. But, the three years away from Chavez Ravine have been rough. He posted a dreadful –1.3 WAR this past year with the Braves. Now, he goes back to LA in a crowded outfield, and he might not even start. He’ll have to fight with Joc Pederson for even a corner outfield spot. This could be the year Kemp falls off the cliff.
4) Jason Heyward
Heyward is a defensive wizard; that is not up for debate. But, the 28-year old’s offensive production is on the steady downfall. After signing a mega 8-year, $184M contr
By: Dylan Swailes