Yesterday evening on XM 175, former GM Jim Bowden, in response to a caller's question, was emphatic in stating that the issue of Guzman vs. Desmond for starting SS this season should be settled in the field in spring training, and that if Desmond outplayed Guzman, he should without doubt be the starting Nats shortstop. He said that the compensation due Guzman should not be a factor in the decision on whom to play.
Aside from shortstop, the Nats don't have a lot of field positions up for competion - backup and utility fielders would be about it. On the pitching staff, however, there will be fierce competition for the 2-3 available starter slots, and for bullpen openings.
I could see that Scott Olsen might struggle for a while, but recieve the benefit of a non-performance bias due to the fact he's recovering from an injury, and might be perceived as having more upside than say JD Martin.
So my question is related to this. To what extent will the Nats allow competition for the few open spots to be decided by play on the field in ST, vs. by other factors - ie remaining options, relative compensation, perceived upside, etc.?