Blue Jays' left field spot up for grabs


DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- One of the most intriguing competitions for a roster spot on the Toronto Blue Jays' roster is at left field.

That's where Travis Snider, their first-round pick in the 2006 draft, will be trying to regain the position he gave up last season to Eric Thames.

"That's going to be the daily watch," manager John Farrell said Friday after his players finished a five-inning intrasquad game in preparation for Saturday's spring opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Snider played 49 games for Toronto in 2011, batting .225, an average that has dropped dramatically each of his past three seasons after hitting .301 as a rookie in 2008. His struggles got him two demotions to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Thames, in his first major league season, batted .262 in 95 games last year.

Snider had a double in three at-bats and Thames was 0 for 2 on Friday.