- Andy LaRoche and Nomar Garciaparra will compete for the 3rd base job, with neither having the edge over the other right now. No other 3rd baseman, like Pedro Feliz, will be signed.
- Andre Ethier could very well start over Juan Pierre, over vice-versa. It looks like Matt Kemp will be a starter, obviously with Andruw Jones.
- Jason Schmidt is showing good progress in his rehabilitation, but no timetable will be set.
- Efforts to resign RH reliever Rudy Seanez and LH pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney are not going great, mostly because of money issues.
The rest of the article takes a look at where the youngsters, like Tony Abreu, Delwyn Young, and Chin-Lung Hu, fit in.
Looking at the responses, they all seem to be on track with what I would be thinking. The 3rd base job should be won, not handed to, especially considering both guys did not have good seasons at all in '07. Ethier should probably get more starts than Pierre, but a split in PT wouldn't surprise me. Good news on Schmidt; he can just a HUGE bonus if all works out considering he's the forgotten man of the league. If Seanez and Sweeney can't be resigned, I wouldn't exactly lose sleep over it.