Leody Taveras and Eli White will be on the Texas Rangers Opening Day roster, per the beats. Delino DeShields, who is in camp on a minor league deal, has been informed that he will not make the team.
Taveras and White spent the spring vying for the center field job, with White having an impressive camp for the second year in a row, while Taveras overcome some early struggles at the plate. Taveras would appear to be slated to be the starter in center, while White will have fourth outfielder duties. White also has played the infield in the past, and got a start at first base recently, with Chris Woodward saying he wanted to look at White as a possible backup at first base as well. Given how lefty-heavy the Rangers are, White, as a righthanded hitter, should be in the lineup against most lefties.
Woodward says that if DeShields doesn’t have a major league opportunity elsewhere, they would love to keep him in the organization.
At this point, the only question on position players is whether there will be any other players, other than those who have been said to have made the team, cracking the bench. As of now there appears to be a three man bench, though Adolis Garcia, Charlie Culberson or Anderson Tejeda could conceivably stick, at least until Willie Calhoun returns in early April. There’s also always the possibility that the Rangers grab someone on waivers in the next few days.