BATTERS: A recipe for non-roster invitee success

Their signings generate little fanfare. They aren't expected to make the Opening Day roster, let alone make an impact during the season. In most cases, the best they can hope for is a bench role and another chance to chase some small measure of success in The Show. And yet, every year scores of MLB veterans sign non-guaranteed minor league contracts that bring with them that special caveat: An invitation to spring training.

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