"[Andrew] McCutchen will play center, [Clint] Barmes will play short, [Pedro] Alvarez will play third, [Neil] Walker will play second, and [catcher Michael] McKenry is going to be back," Hurdle said in his final pregame media session of the season. "Jones, going in, has added value to find a spot for him.
"Those are things you know going in, so you're talking about maybe two positions -- the two outfield corners that are going to be up for competition."
Six months ago, Alex Presley opened this season in left field and Jose Tabata was the man in right. Both remain very much in the picture, but next spring they will have to fight off Starling Marte and Travis Snider, respectively.
"Presley and Tabata were challenged this season, no secret about that," Hurdle said. "Marte, we have a better idea of his Major League skills and what he must still work on. So we have four guys in-house that we are going to look at [for the two outfield corner spots]. That's about as transparent as you can get."