February 6, 2005

16 NRIs. Sixteen non-roster players have been invited to spring training, including first baseman David McCarty. Also: catchers Shawn Wooten and Jeff Bailey, infielders Dave Berg, Tim Hummel and Kenny Perez, outfielders George Lombard, Billy McMillon and Simon Pond, right-handed pitchers Josias Manzanillo, Scott Cassidy, Jack Cressend, Jeremi Gonzalez and Kris Wilson, and left-handed pitcher Jason Kershner.

While MLB.com's Tom Singer picks the Red Sox to win the East and says the Orioles will press the Yankees for the wild card berth, he gives New York the nod for the World Series. Bah.

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