4/5 of the starting rotation are set...Masterson, Jimenez, Myers, and McAllister are 1-4 starters. The #5 spot is down to Kazmir, Carrasco, Matsuzaka, Kluber, Huff, and Bauer (doubtful).
Chris Perez (definite)
Vinnie Pestano (definite)
Joe Smith (definite)
Matt Albers (out of options...so probably definite)
Nick Hagadone (need at least one lefty...so he is probably assured of a spot)
David Huff (out of options, could be the long man out of the pen to open the season)
Frank Herrmann (likely out for an extended period of time...not an option)
Rich Hill (NRI...would have to clear a 40 man roster spot to put him on the ML roster)
Bryan Shaw (has remaining options...battling for final spot)
Scott Barnes (has remaining options...battling for the final spot...also an option for a lefty)
Cody Allen (has remaining options...battling for the final spot)
If I were a betting man, I would say Shaw would win the final spot with Allen and Barnes going to Columbus to start the season.
C - Santana
1B - Swisher
2B - Kipnis
3B - Chisenhall
SS - Cabrera
LF - Brantley
CF - Bourn
RF - Stubbs
DH - Reynolds
IF/OF - Aviles
IF/OF - Raburn (nearing a lock with his production this spring)
I am a little curious about the last few spots.
The back-up catcher spot SHOULD go to Yan Gomes, but will probably go to Lou Marson simply because Gomes doesn't have that much experience at catcher (though he was good enough to log 9 games behind the plate for the Blue Jays last year). I see Francona giving the backup catcher spot to Marson for 3 reasons...1, Gomes doesn't have the experience that Marson does...2, Gomes has 2 option years remaining...and 3, they want Gomes to get everyday ABs in C-Bus. I don't agree with this rationale as Gomes will be 26 during the season...time to see what he has. We have seen Marson...solid defensive catcher that provides you with ZERO offensively.
Jason Giambi...a veteran presence, I get that. However, he is having a terrible spring thus far and hasn't hit above .260 since 2005. The other candidate that I feel they want to see make the OD roster is Chris McGuiness, who is also having a terrible spring (.136 in 22 ABs with 0 RBI and 0 extra base hits). They want to see him make the OD roster as...if he doesn't stay on the ML roster, he goes back to Texas via Rule 5 draft rules. Mike McDade, who came over with Mike Aviles from Toronto has done nothing to lose the backup 1B/DH position...other than being young and having options remaining.
Will they use Raburn (or Aviles for that matter) in these spots? This is an intriguing roster spot. They have Swisher that can play in the OF if needed, the 3 starters, as well as both Raburn (and potentially Aviles). If they were to use either Swisher or Raburn in the OF when Brantley, Stubbs, or Bourn need a day off, do they need to keep another OF? Ezekiel Carrera has struggled again this spring, but he is out of options...so, if he doesn't make the OD roster, he is more than likely gone (though, I don't see it as a great loss). Also in consideration is NRI Ben Francisco, who is having a solid Spring.