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More roster cuts:

Optioned 1B Ryan Garko, OF Franklin Gutierrez, and 3B Andy Marte to Buffalo

A pretty impressive group. Garko and Marte are but a slump away from starting at first or third. Gutierrez still has some things to prove in Buffalo.

Assigned IF Jose Flores, RHP Ben Howard, and IF Lou Merloni to minor-league camp

Howard may be the only free agent on Buffalo's pitching staff. Flores and Merloni are infield depth; Lou is still coming back from an ankle injury in 2005.

So who's left? Here's a breakdown of the spots still open and the contenders for said spots:

Bullpen: Jason Davis, Steve Karsay, Danny Graves

Utility infielder: Brandon Phillips, Ramon Vazquez

Backup catcher: Kelly Shoppach, Einar Diaz

Others: Tim Laker, Jason Dubois, Jeremy Guthrie

The last group has no shot of making the Opening Day roster.