Unlike the past few seasons, the Dodgers don't have their two major league catching positions set in stone before spring training began. A.J. Ellis will be the starter, but there is no veteran backup signed to a major league contract. Instead, there is a battle between Tim Federowicz, the only other catcher on the 40-man roster, and four non-roster invitees: Eliezer Alfonzo, Wilkin Castillo, Ramon Castro, and Jesus Flores.

While it would be premature to call Federowicz the favorite for the backup job, the fact that no major league backup was signed was at the very least a show of faith in the 25-year-old catcher.

"He's going to have a great chance," general manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday when asked if Federowicz is the favorite to win the backup catcher position. "He's worked hard at his game. When we acquired him from Boston a year and a half ago, we thought he would be a big league catcher. That's why we went and got him."