This debate will probably be decided late in ST and might change a couple times thru the year...
I think it will mostly come down to how well BR and Reimold prove they are 100% and how well they play.
Im a huge BR fan and for a few years he was one of the best at leadoff in the league but I think there is a slim chance he returns to a .290+/350 oba, 50 dbs, 30+ SBs guy for 135 games. I think a .260/320 oba 450 slugging pct for 100 games would be more realistic and just having him around would be a lift. .. And i cant see him being that guy stealing bases and causing havoc..I dont think he will steal 15...I see him as a #2 at best at this point or lower in the lineup....I hope I am wrong.
What if Reimold crushes the ball in ST? If he picks up where he left off I say he is the full time DH with spot OF duty...He has no options so if he hasnt won a job, he platoons with McClouth.
If Reimold wins a spot this makes it more likely Nick will bat 1 or 2 becasue he is the only other one besides Nick that should bat 3.
My best case reasonable sceniro is:
1.Markakis- potential .380 OBA and puts himself in scoring positon.
2.McClouth- Potential .350 OBA with speed and can handle the bat
3.Reimold- Potetial 875+ OPS
How great it is to have options though...