Some of the biggest surprises of Opening Day rosters are those players who didn't make them: The Orioles cut Miguel Gonzalez, who was part of their rotation the past four seasons; the Rays released first baseman James Loney, their second-highest-paid player; the Braves cut bait with both Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher, eating $14 million. In fact, the Indians were already set to pay an additional $15 million that those two are owed in 2016, meaning the highest-paid player on both the Braves and Indians is ... the combined $29 million roster carcass of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher.
Here are some interesting names who did make Opening Day rosters:
Dylan Bundy, Hyun Soo Kim, Joey Rickard, Baltimore Orioles: With former top prospect Bundy out of options, the Orioles had no choice but to put him on the roster. They tried to send Kim down to the minors after believing that 45 spring at-bats was proof he couldn't hit major league pitching, but Kim refused an assignment to the minors, so he's on the roster. Rickard was a Rule 5 pick from the Rays who had a big spring and might end up starting over Kim in left field.
Joe Biagini, Toronto Blue Jays: The Jays had several bullpen candidates but instead went with Biagini over former All-Star Steve Delabar or lefty specialist Randy Choate. Biagini, who started in Double-A for the Giants last season and posted a 2.42 ERA in 130 1/3 innings, was claimed off waivers in December.
Chien-Ming Wang, Kansas City Royals: Wang -- who twice won 19 games for the Yankees -- earned a bullpen spot after a solid spring. Wang last appeared in the majors in 2013, when he posted a 7.67 ERA in six starts with the Blue Jays. He allowed 185 hits in 130 innings in Triple-A last year, so this seems like a long shot, but the Royals love veteran reclamation guys.
Tyler White, Houston Astros: White, who hit .325/.442/.496 in Double-A/Triple-A in 2015, won the first-base job over the more publicized Jonathan Singleton and A.J. Reed. The 33rd-round pick from Western Carolina can hit, however, with a career .311 mark in the minors.
Ji-Man Choi, Los Angeles Angels: The former Mariners prospect provides a left-handed bat to back up Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron at first base and DH. The Angels claimed Choi, who was suspended for 50 games in 2014 for a positive performance-enhancing-drug test and then broke his leg in spring training last year, in the Rule 5 draft.
Colin Walsh, Milwaukee Brewers: He drew 124 walks playing for Double-A Midland in the A's organization last year. He's played second base, left field and a little third base and will get a chance to see if his minor league walk rate can translate to big league success.
Cory Luebke, Pittsburgh Pirates: One of three non-roster invitees to make the Pirates, Luebke is a feel-good story. He was one of the game's best young starters with the Padres in 2011 before having two Tommy John surgeries. He's back in the majors for the first time since 2012.
Matt Bowman, St. Louis Cardinals: An injury to Jordan Walden opened the door for Bowman, a Rule 5 pick who posted an ugly stat line with the Mets' Las Vegas team last year: 5.53 ERA, 184 hits in 140 innings, with just 77 K's. Even for Vegas that's a little rough, but obviously the Cards like him as a potential bullpen arm.
Rickie Weeks Jr., Arizona Diamondbacks: A.J. Pollock's injury provided a spot for Weeks, who has added a "Jr." to his name. He was terrible in limited time with Seattle last year, getting released in June and getting picked up by another team, but he had a strong spring and could see time versus lefties.
Charlie Culberson, Los Angeles Dodgers: Considering the length of the Dodgers' disabled list, somebody had to make the roster. Culberson, who hit .195 for the Rockies in 2014, is a placeholder until Howie Kendrick returns.
Jabari Blash, San Diego Padres: He ranked tied for second in the minors with 32 home runs, but the Mariners still left him unprotected. The A's took him in the Rule 5 draft and then traded him to the Padres, where he could see some time in the outfield.