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"In all of these offseason write-ups, I’ve been assuming teams will use a 13-man pitching staff, now that there’s a declared maximum and an extra roster spot. Personally, I think 13 pitchers, essentially eight relievers a day, is insanity when you consider the ways a 14th position player could be used. I mean, I’m old enough to remember crabbing when teams started carrying 11 pitchers. A 14/12 hitter/pitcher split, and even 15/11 coming out of the gate, could provide tactical advantages on a nightly basis."