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Decision time draws close for non-roster veterans

Decision time draws close for non-roster veterans

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Decision time is nearing for some of the Angels' veteran non-roster invitees.

Catcher Yorvit Torrealba, corner infielder Chad Tracy and first baseman Carlos Pena can ask for their release if not added to the 40-man roster by Sunday. Utility infielder John McDonald must be paid an additional $100,000 to be kept off the 40-man roster after Tuesday. And outfielder Brennan Boesch has a "soft out" on March 30, which means he can only ask for his release if it's for an immediate Major League opportunity.

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Third baseman Ian Stewart and reliever Brandon Lyon have opt-outs later in the season.

Of the seven, only McDonald appears to have a guaranteed roster spot, especially now that Andrew Romine (out of options) has been traded to the Tigers in exchange for left-hander Jose Alvarez.

Asked if Friday's deal makes McDonald the backup infielder, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was non-committal, saying: "We'll get to that when we get to that."

But McDonald has had a nice spring, batting .320, and is solid defensively at three infield positions. McDonald's only remaining competition is Grant Green, a 26-year-old who provides more offense, but still needs seasoning defensively.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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