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Snake Bytes 3/16: Decisions Looming to Create News

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With under two weeks to go before the season starts, Arizona’s roster situation remains murky as the team considers new potential options.

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Roster Situation Remains Murky

With John Ryan Murphy, Christian Walker, and Socrates Brito all out of options, the team is going to be forced to expose one of them to waiver claims. With the team now considering the prospect of opening the season with only two catchers on the roster, that removes Murphy’s security blanket. Of the three, Murphy is the most likely to clear waivers. Might the team roster the other two and add Murphy at a later date?

Bullpen Competition Heats Up

Silvino Bracho has been lost for the season. T.J. McFarland is still injured and will not be ready by the time the season opens. Jimmie Sherfy and Joey Krehbiel have been sent to AA-Reno. Despite all this, the team still has a number of arms competing for one or two spots in the bullpen. The competition is headed by Rule-5 pick, Nick Green, and veteran lefty, Marc Rzepczynsk.

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