The Nats' depth chart ... for now

The Nats' depth chart ... for now
February 6, 2012, 3:22 pm
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Another Super Bowl has come and gone -- what an equally thrilling and bizarre finish that was last night, huh? -- and that can mean only one thing: Pitchers and catchers will be reporting for work in less than two weeks.

Yes, baseball season is nearly upon us and we can finally turn our attention away from what moves the Nationals did or did not make this winter and instead focus on what actually takes place on the field.

Which means it's time to start looking at roster battles that will play out this spring in Viera. We already know the final spot in the Nationals' rotation is going to make for a doozy of a saga. And with yesterday's re-signing of Rick Ankiel to a minor-league contract, it sure looks like the competition in center field is going to be wide-open with Ankiel, Mike Cameron and Roger Bernadina fighting for playing time. Unless, of course, Bryce Harper convinces GM Mike Rizzo to make him the Opening Day right fielder, bumping Jayson Werth to center field.

There are going to be no shortage of possibilities, and there could still be plenty of changes via either trades or last-minute signings. But for now, here's how the Nationals' depth chart stands at every position. All players scheduled to be in big-league camp (those on the 40-man roster, plus non-roster invitees) are listed below...

CATCHER
Wilson Ramos
Jesus Flores
Jhonatan Solano
Carlos Maldonado
Sandy Leon

FIRST BASE
Adam LaRoche
Michael Morse
Mark DeRosa
Chad Tracy
Tyler Moore
Chris Marrero (injured)

SECOND BASE
Danny Espinosa
Steve Lombardozzi
Mark DeRosa
Jarrett Hoffpauir
Andres Blanco

SHORTSTOP
Ian Desmond
Danny Espinosa
Steve Lombardozzi
Carlos Rivero
Andres Blanco
Jarrett Hoffpauir

THIRD BASE
Ryan Zimmerman
Mark DeRosa
Steve Lombardozzi
Michael Morse
Carlos Rivero
Anthony Rendon
Chad Tracy
Jarrett Hoffpauir

LEFT FIELD
Michael Morse
Roger Bernadina
Mark DeRosa
Bryce Harper
Rick Ankiel
Jason Michaels
Brett Carroll
Xavier Paul

CENTER FIELD
Rick Ankiel
Mike Cameron
Roger Bernadina
Jayson Werth
Corey Brown
Jason Michaels
Brett Carroll
Xavier Paul
Eury Perez

RIGHT FIELD
Jayson Werth
Bryce Harper
Mark DeRosa
Roger Bernadina
Rick Ankiel
Mike Cameron
Xavier Paul
Brett Carroll
Jason Michaels

STARTING PITCHERS
Stephen Strasburg
Jordan Zimmermann
Gio Gonzalez
Edwin Jackson
Chien-Ming Wang
John Lannan
Ross Detwiler
Tom Gorzelanny
Yunesky Maya
Craig Stammen
Matt Purke

RELIEF PITCHERS
Drew Storen
Tyler Clippard
Brad Lidge
Sean Burnett
Henry Rodriguez
Tom Gorzelanny
Ross Detwiler
John Lannan
Chien-Ming Wang
Ryan Mattheus
Ryan Perry
Craig Stammen
Yunesky Maya
Atahualpa Severino
Chad DurbinRafael Martin
Jeff Fulchino
Waldis Joaquin
Cole Kimball (injured)

Non-roster invitees listed in italics