Commentary

Veterans on the bubble

Several players with All-Star experience are in danger of losing jobs to a younger set

Updated: March 21, 2011, 1:00 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill & Doug Mittler | ESPN Insider
Marco Scutaro and Aaron RowandAP PhotoScutaro's hot spring could keep his job safe, but Rowand's bat is a major concern.

Each week during spring training, we'll take a look at how position battles are playing out. This week, we take a look at which veterans could be fighting for their starting spots, and who could be replacing them.

American League

Kevin Slowey, RHP, Minnesota Twins
Slowey has yielded just three earned runs on seven hits over four appearances this spring, but that hasn't done much to convince the Twins to lean away from left-hander Brian Duensing and right-hander Nick Blackburn for the final two spots in the rotation. Scott Baker, a question mark coming into the Grapefruit League schedule, appears to have pitched well enough to earn his job back, leaving Slowey the likely odd man out. The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly expressed interest in Slowey, and a number of other clubs could call between now and the end of spring training.

Hunch: With prospect Kyle Gibson not far off, the Twins appear well prepared to move a starter in order to fill a need elsewhere. Slowey should attract enough interest to get a deal done. Don't count out the New York Yankees and both Los Angeles clubs.


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