With Spring Training nearly upon us, here are five storylines to watch in Bradenton this year.

1. If Liriano can't go, then what? The Pirates still don't know what they're getting from new signee Francisco Liriano, which is why they haven't even, well, officially signed him yet. It remains unclear how his broken non-pitching arm will affect him, but it looks like he probably won't be ready by Opening Day. If he isn't, the Pirates' fifth starter job will also come down to Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson (who's also coming off an injury), and perhaps a Wild Card in Jonathan Sanchez (or -- gulp -- Jeanmar Gomez). The smart money is on Locke to break camp as a member of the rotation, which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. He may not be a world-beater, but his Triple-A stats show he deserves an opportunity. McPherson's lack of Triple-A experience will likely weigh against him, assuming he's healthy.

2. 1B/RF logjam! You know what would be funny? If we turned the comment thread into a semantic debate about the meaning of the word "logjam"! Then you could be like, "If Jose Tabata is part of a logjam, then it isn't really a logjam, is it?" And then somebody else could be like, "Hey, remember when Alex Rodriguez was having one of the greatest seasons in modern baseball history, and people actually argued that Shannon Stewart should be MVP, because of the definition of the word 'value?'" And then somebody else could be like, "I love arguing about definitions of words!" And then somebody else could be like, "That's only because A-Rod took 'roids!" And then I could be like, "Excuse me, I'm going to go to the garage to smash nails through my thumbs." And then somebody else could be like, "I predict Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez will platoon at first, Jerry Sands and Travis Snider will split time in the outfield, Alex Presley and Clint Robinson will wind up at Indianapolis, and the Pirates will place Tabata, who is out of options but has an annoying contract, on waivers." And then like 18 people could be like, "+1 for putting us back on topic!" And then someone else could be like, "But what about Brad Hawpe?" And then we'd all feel really sad.