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Flores, Kirk among players out of options

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Why does Kirk Nieuwenhuis have a decided advantage over Matt den Dekker for a lefty-hitting backup outfielder role?

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lastname Nieuwenhuis Nieuwenhuis is one of the handful of fringe players out of options. That means he must be exposed to waivers before being sent to the minors and other teams would have the opportunity to claim him. Den Dekker, on the other hand, can be freely sent to the minors without any risk of losing him.

Nieuwenhuis isn't the only player with that out-of-options status.

Among the other players in camp who must be exposed to waivers if they were to fail to make the team: Wilmer Flores, John Mayberry Jr., Jenrry Mejia, Nieuwenhuis, Cesar Puello, Ruben Tejada and Carlos Torres.

That's why all are likely to make the team except for Puello.

Puello, a 23-year-old outfielder, hit .252 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 318 at-bats last season with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014.