Upton is hitting just .207 with a .233 OBP in 29 spring at-bats, but Chisholm says Upton is the favorite because of his ability to start in left field against southpaws. The 32-year-old Upton hit a combined .238/.291/.402 for the Blue Jays and San Diego Padres last season.
Goins also has struggled in Grapefruit League play with a .180 BA and .241 OBP in 50 spring at-bats.
Manager John Gibbons says an official announcement on the final roster will not come before this weekend’s exhibition games in Montreal.
-- Doug Mittler