Rosters (and possibilities/non-possibilities) of the World Baseball Classic as of 12:13 PM of Jan. 14, 2013

Today’s news so far:

The current rosters as well as possibilities and non-possibilities (impossibilities?) for the World Baseball Classic teams are below the jump:


Officially on the roster:

Ryan Rowland-Smith

Luke Hughes

Probably on the roster:

Allan De San Miguel

Travis Blackley

Rich Thompson

Grant Balfour (although there are some conflicting reports)

Definitely not on the roster:

Liam Hendriks (injured during the offseason)


Officially on the roster:

Yan Gomes

Andre Rienzo

Probably on the roster:

The rest of the qualifier roster, as to the best of my knowledge there are no major players who had been missing from it or who would have dropped out since then.


Officially on the roster:

Justin Morneau

Brett Lawrie

Andrew Albers

Phillippe Aumont

John Axford

Jesse Crain

Tyson Gillies

Taylor Green

Jim Henderson

Shawn Hill

Cale Iorg

Chris Leroux

Adam Loewen

Trystan Magnuson

Jonathan Malo

Russell Martin

Scott Mathieson

Dustin Molleken

Pete Orr

Chris Robinson

Michael Saunders

Tim Smith

Jimmy Van Ostrand

Probably on the roster:

Joey Votto (Needs to pass a physical for insurance reason for it to be official.)

James Avery (Was mentioned by other sources but wasn’t on the original provisional roster.)

Could maybe end up on the roster:

Ryan Dempster (Will depend on how his body is feeling later.)

Definitely not on the roster:

Scott Diamond (Injury)

Jason Bay

Jeff Francis

Chinese Taipei

Officially on the roster:

Chien-Ming Wang

Hong-Chih Kuo

Che-Hsuan Lin

Probably on the roster:

I-Cheng Wang

Yi-Hao Lin

Dai-Kang Yang

Yao-Hsun Yang

Definitely not on the roster:

Wei-Yin Chen


Definitely on the roster:

Ray Chang

Wei Wang

Probably on the roster:

Bruce Chen (is of Chinese descent)


Definitely on the roster:

Yuliesky (Yulieski?) Gourriel

Freddy Asiel Alvarez

Probably on the roster:

About 26 of the players (Gourriel and Alvarez presumably being shoo-ins) from their preliminary roster released last year before an Asian tour.

Definitely not on the roster:

Any defectors or Cuban-Americans. While technically they could still play for Cuba, the odds of them being chosen- the odds are infinitesimally low given the political situations involved.

Dominican Republic

Definitely on the roster:

Robinson Cano

Jose Reyes

Probably on the roster:

Albert Pujols (barring problems with his knee)

Edwin Encarnacion

Wilin Rosario

Octavio Dotel

Starling Marte

Carlos Santana

Ervin Santana

Edinson Volquez

Carlos Gomez

Pedro Strop

Hanley Ramirez

Johnny Cueto

Adrian Beltre

Nelson Cruz

Miguel Tejada

Maybe on the roster:

Starlin Castro

Juan Francisco

Jose Constanza

Conflicting reports:

Melky Cabrera (Some say he is, some say he isn’t.)

Probably not on the roster:

Jose Bautista (Toronto is likely to block him due to his injuries last season)

Definitely not on the roster:

David Ortiz (injured)

Pedro Alvarez


Definitely on the roster:

Alex Liddi

Jason Grilli

Probably on the roster:

Alex Maestri

Tyler LaTorre

Maybe on the roster:

Francisco Cervelli

Anthony Rizzo

Definitely not on the roster:

Nick Swisher (of Italian descent)

Adam Ottavino


Officially on the roster:

The provisional roster from which Japan’s roster will be chosen from can be found (with my analysis) here.

Definitely not on the roster:

Any of the MLB players from Japan.


Officially on the Roster:

The 28-man provisional roster, which will only change if there is some sort of injury or other drop-out, can be found here.


Definitely on the roster:

Adrian Gonzalez

Jaime Garcia

Probably on the roster:

Alfredo Aceves

Yovani Gallardo

Marco Estrada

Luis Cruz

Possibly on the roster:

Miguel Gonzalez

Sergio Romo

Edgar Gonzalez

And everyone on this list that isn’t listed on any of the other Mexican lists

Definitely not on the roster:

Michael Young (Mexican descent)

Joakim Soria (coming off injury, with a new team)


Definitely on the roster:

Andruw Jones

Roger Bernadina

Probably on the roster:

Wladimir Balentien

Maybe on the roster:

Didi Gregorius

Andrelton Simmons

Definitely not on the roster:

Rick van den Hurk (wants to be with his new team in Korea)

Puerto Rico

Definitely on the roster:

Carlos Beltran

Yadier Molina

Probably on the roster:

Javier Vazquez

Angel Pagan

Alex Rios

Mike Aviles

Hector Santiago

Pedro Feliciano

Martin Maldonado


Definitely on the roster:

Engel Beltre

Francisco Figueroa

Probably on the roster:

Gabriel Suarez

Maybe on the roster:

Edward Salcedo

Definitely not on the roster:

Yonder Alonso (had been approached by Spain)

Alex Avila (had been approached by Spain)


Officially on the roster:

Joe Mauer

David Wright

Probably on the roster:

Ryan Braun

Giancarlo Stanton

Glen Perkins

Chris Perez

Vinnie Pestano

Adam Jones

Craig Kimbrel

Brandon Phillips

Jonathan Lucroy

Shane Victorino

Ryan Vogelsong

Jimmy Rollins

R.A. Dickey

Andy Pettitte

Mark Teixeira

Luke Gregorson

Maybe on the roster:

Paul Konerko

Buster Posey (but probably less likely than he was before Lucroy was mentioned as probably being on)

Justin Verlander (Has apparently received an invitation but hasn’t decided yet. It is possible he might not be available until a later round.)

Dustin Pedroia (Would depend on if healthy.)

Jay Bruce

Joe Nathan (has definitely received an invitation, but hasn’t said yes or no yet)

Freddie Freeman (could also conceivably play for Canada)

Conflicting reports:

Troy Tulowitzki (Some say he is, but others say the Rockies are holding him out of it)

Definitely not on the roster:

Derek Jeter (injured/coming off injury)

Evan Longoria (injured/coming off injury)

David Price

Matt Kemp (injured/coming off injury)

Chris Sale

Jake Peavy

Chase Headley (reportedly not asked)

Bryce Harper

Josh Hamilton

Jim Johnson

Jason Heyward

Joel Hanrahan

Andrew McCutchen

Mike Trout

Adam Wainwright (wasn’t invited)


Officially on the roster:

Miguel Cabrera

Pablo Sandoval

Probably on the roster:

Carlos Zambrano

Felix Hernandez

Elvis Andrus

Melvin Mora

Luis Jimenez

Martin Prado

Miguel Montero

Asdrubal Cabrera

Carlos Gonazlez

Anibal Sanchez

Felix Doubront

Jhoulys Chacin

Salvador Perez

Maybe on the roster:

Omar Infante

Jeanmar Gomez

Conflicting reports;

Gerardo Parra

Definitely not on the roster:

Victor Martinez (coming off injury)

Marco Scutaro

Franklin Gutierrez

Gregor Blanco

Gorkys Hernandez

Luis Avilan

Alex Ramirez

Henderson Alvarez

Guillermo Moscoso

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