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5 Players Who Won’t Make Los Angeles Angels’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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5 Players Who Won’t Make Los Angeles Angels’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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There are a few certainties as the Los Angeles Angels go into Spring Training games soon. Parts of their roster that will hit the field on Opening Day are as certain as the sun rising in the East. We all know Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout will be in the line-up carrying a huge load of expectations with them. There are others that are just as certain along with a few spots up for grabs.

They think they know what they can expect from Pujols, Hamilton and Trout. Even if they do get everything they want out of that offense however, they still have a lot of changes that need to happen in the pitching staff. They have gone out of their way to rebuild part of that staff and though it cost them Mark Trumbo in the outfield, they have been somewhat successful.

The changes in the pitching staff will result in a few well known players very likely missing the Opening Day roster. In addition to one or two of those going by the wayside, other young players remain at least one year away from getting serious consideration for a starting job on Opening Day. All probabilities change with one injury of course but that is a given.

With the guys they have in camp right now the Angels should be able to form a good team to win some games. The only question is which players will make it and which ones will not? Take a look at five players that it seems will go without a starting job for the Angels on the first day of the MLB season. Feel free to leave a comment below.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 - John Hester

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Hester has bounced around a little bit and looks to be a good candidate to bounce back to the minors for the start of this season. Teams find themselves in need of decent catchers all the time so I'm sure if it isn't with the Angels farm system that Hester will land somewhere else.

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4 - Matt Shoemaker

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Though Shoemaker could be ready and has already spent some time in Triple-A, the situation out of Spring Training is likely to result in his going back for the start of another season down there.

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3 - Joe Blanton

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Blanton is a veteran starter and has been decent in the past. The biggest change the Angels needed was in the rotation however and the young guys are bound to get enough of a shot to push Blanton out completely.

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2 - C.J. Cron

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Cron is the first base version of the young corners duo that the Angels have arriving very soon. He will be heading to Triple-A like his counterpart over at third base. Cron could be forced into a starting role right now but there is no reason to do that with Pujols still riding high and planning to prove his defensive worth this season.

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1 - Kaleb Cowart

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Cowart is the third base side of the duo and also is likely to be starting the season in Triple-A. Likewise he could be forced into a starting spot but the addition of David Freese will keep that at bay until next season in all likelihood.