Who’s in/out/in-between of the World Baseball Classic as of 7:54 PM of Jan. 3, 2013

Today’s news:

  • Miguel Montero of the Arizona Diamondbacks basically confirmed he was going to play for Venezuela in the WBC on Twitter. So into possibly/likely he goes.
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay has some WBC tidbits in his latest news about the Cincinnati Reds. He repeats that Joey Votto will take part for Canada if healthy, that Brandon Phillips will be asked for Team USA, and that Johnny Cueto will likely take part. But he does have the new information that Jay Bruce will probably be asked to play for Team USA. Bruce, 25, is a two-time all-star and is one of the most overlooked outfielders in the National League, in my opinion. Since Fay doesn’t say either way that he has been invited, merely that he is “likely” to be invited, I’m placing him in the “under consideration” category.
  • A tweet from William Aish, who works for a ESPN Radio station in Santo Domingo, quotes the manager of the Leones del Escogido as saying that Adrian Beltre is more practicing with them to prepare for the WBC, not play for the Leones. I’m going to put Adrian Beltre in the possibly/likely category.
  • Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes that David Wright is likely the only Met to be scheduled to play in the WBC. Considering that Johan Santana is the only player that immediately comes to mind who would probably good enough to even be invited (and he probably won’t be allowed by the Mets due to his injury), this isn’t too much of a surprise.

As usual, go after the jump for more.


Ryan Rowland-Smith– Australia

Luke Hughes– Australia

Yan Gomes– Brazil

Andre Rienzo– Brazil

Justin Morneau– Canada

Brett Lawrie– Canada

Chien-Ming Wang– Chinese Taipei

Hong-Chih Kuo– Chinese Taipei

Ray Chang– China

Wei Wang- China

Yuliesky Gourriel- Cuba

Freddy Asiel Alvarez- Cuba

Robinson Cano– Dominican

Jose Reyes– Dominican

Alex Liddi– Italy

Jason Grilli– Italy

Shinnosuke Abe– Japan

Masahiro Tanaka– Japan

(And 28 of the 34 players on the provisional roster of Japan, presumably)

Seung Yeop Lee- Korea

Dae Ho Lee- Korea

(And possibly everybody on this list for Korea.)

Adrian Gonzalez– Mexico

Jaime Garcia– Mexico (could depend on health)

Andruw Jones– Netherlands

Roger Bernadina– Netherlands

Carlos Beltran– Puerto Rico

Yadier Molina– Puerto Rico

Engel Beltre– Spain

Francisco Figueroa- Spain

David Wright– USA

Joe Mauer– USA

Miguel Cabrera– Venezuela

Pablo Sandoval– Venezuela

POSSIBLY/LIKELY (not officially confirmed by WBC Inc, but said by other sources):

Carlos Zambrano– Venezuela

Felix Hernandez– Venezuela

Elvis Andrus– Venezuela

Melvin Mora– Venezuela

Luis Jimenez– Venzuela

Martin Prado– Venezuela

Miguel Montero- Venezuela

Dustin Pedroia– USA (will depend on recovery from finger surgery)

Ryan Vogelsong– USA (was at WBC News Conference when details for 2013 edition were first announced)

Craig Kimbrel– USA

Brandon Phillips– USA (has been invited, is considering)

Shane Victorino– USA

Edwin Encarnacion– Dominican

Wilin Rosario– Dominican

Octavio Dotel– Dominican

Starling Marte– Dominican

Carlos Santana– Dominican

Ervin Santana– Dominican

Edinson Volquez– Dominican

Carlos Gomez– Dominican

Albert Pujols– Dominican

Pedro Strop– Dominican

Hanley Ramirez– Dominican

Johnny Cueto– Dominican

Adrian Beltre- Dominican

Wladimr Balentien- Netherlands

Javier Vazquez– Puerto Rico (coming out retirement to do it!)

Angel Pagan– Puerto Rico

Joey Votto– Canada (see this) (Apparently will depend on how his knee is doing)

Russell Martin– Canada

Chris Robinson– Canada (per Roch Kubatko)

Dustin Molleken– Canada

Andrew Albers– Canada

James Avery– Canada

Taylor Green– Canada

Allan De San Miguel- Australia (per Roch Kubatko)

Travis Blackley– Australia (per Australian Baseball Digest)

Rich Thompson– Australia (also mentioned at Australian Baseball Digest)

Alfredo Aceves– Mexico

Gabriel Suarez- Spain

Alex Maestri– Italy

Martin Maldonado– Puerto Rico
Probably? (were on initial list- possibly a first draft- put out by WBC but not in the second one they tweeted):

Grant Balfour– Australia (the Australian Baseball Digest says he is going to play)

Sergio Romo– Mexico

Luis Cruz– Mexico

Edgar Gonzalez– Mexico

UNDER CONSIDERATION (Haven’t said either way, but are definitely either interested, considering it, or under consideration by a team for an invite):

Mike Trout– USA

Clayton Kershaw– USA (but unlikely given his injury last season)

Troy Tulowitzki– USA

Giancarlo Stanton -USA

Paul Konerko– USA

Buster Posey– USA (Bruce Bochy has said he would prefer he doesn’t, but won’t stop him if he wants to.)

Justin Verlander– USA (“Justin Verlander is a good bet to be the ace of Team USA.”)

R.A. Dickey– USA

Andy Pettitte– USA

Mark Teixeira– USA

Jay Bruce- USA

Starlin Castro– Dominican Republic

Hector Santiago– Puerto Rico

Didi Gregorius– Netherlands

Yovani Gallardo– Mexico

Miguel Gonzalez– Mexico

Everybody on this list for Mexico

Ryan Dempster– Canada

Bruce Chen– China

PROBABLY OUT (has officially been asked but probably won’t, although there isn’t a firm no yet):

Wei-Yin Chen– Taipei (had said he wouldn’t because of his newborn child, but apparently isn’t officially out yet)

Pedro Alvarez– Dominican Republic


David Price

Alex Rodriguez (Injured)

Derek Jeter (injured)

Evan Longoria (injured)

Matt Kemp (coming off injury)

Chris Sale and Jake Peavy (reportedly not on early but unreleased provisional roster)

Most Japanese MLB players (most are free agents)

Shin-Soo Choo

Johan Santana (injured)

Joakim Soria (with new team and recovering from injuries)

Victor Martinez (coming off of a injury)

Liam Hendriks– Australia (note that he was on the original list for Australia, but apparently he’s had some off-season elbow trouble and won’t be able to take part)

Chase Headley (not asked, per Bill Shaikin)

Yonder Alonso– Had been approached by Spain

Bryce Harper (per Scott Boras)

Alex Avila (had been inexplicably claimed by Spain, said no because he isn’t Spanish)

David Ortiz (injured)
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Scott Diamond (injured)
Nick Swisher (for Italy, unknown about Team USA, although it is highly unlikely he’d be invited anyway)

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