Separating meaningful performances from meaningless ones in spring training is not an easy task. With some players tuning up and others fighting for spots on every single team, playing fields are far from level. Some players are working on specific tweaks -- pitchers are refining pitches, hitters are working on various aspects of their swings, etc. -- and so even results might not mean anything.

Still, the front offices and coaches are evaluating something. These games are nominally meaningless since they don't count in the standings, but there are things that are happening that are meaningful. I won't pretend to be in the heads of John Russell or his staff or Neal Huntington, but there are a few things I'll be watching a little more closely than others as exhibition games start this...

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