It appears the Yankees are nearly done dealing this offseason. They would still probably like to add another starter and possibly even another bench piece, but there seems to be nothing imminent at this point. So with three weeks until pitchers and catchers report, let’s take a look at where they stand.
- Brett Gardner, LF
- Derek Jeter, SS
- Mark Teixeira, 1B
- Alex Rodriguez, 3B
- Robinson Cano, 2B
- Nick Swisher, RF
- Jorge Posada, DH
- Curtis Granderson, CF
- Russell Martin, C
- Mariano Rivera, CL
- Rafael Soriano, SU
- David Robertson, MR
- Joba Chamberlain, MR
- Pedro Feliciano, MR
- Boone Logan, MR
Assuming that all of this is a given, it gives the Yankees one last spot to work with. The way I have it set up they have an 11-man pitching staff. That is generally on the short end so it’s possible that they’ll bring a long reliever with them. The only problem is that there is no obvious option here. That could mean the Yankees will still likely add another reliever, but hopefully it means that Andy Pettitte will come back and Mitre can be slotted into the bullpen.
Otherwise the Yankees might have to call-up one of the youngsters from the minors. Somebody like Andrew Brackman or Hector Noesi are the most obvious here, but it could be a spring training invitee here. The Rule 5 Draft could come into play here. LHP Robert Fish or RHP Daniel Turpen are the two players the Yankees took in the draft, but if they get RHP’s George Kontos or Lance Pendleton back from the Padres it could be either of them as well.
The Yankees don’t need their fifth starter a whole lot during the month of April though. So at least for the first part of the season they may elect to go with another bench piece. There are three main possibilities here for me. The first is Jesus Montero, then there is Brandon Laird or Greg Golson. All three could fill interesting roles for the Yankees over the first month.
So to recap, here are the possible 25th players for the Yankees right now:
- Pettitte (they’re is still technically hope)
Between that and a possible battle for the no. 5 rotation spot (neither Mitre nor Nova exactly have spots locked down) it could be a very interesting spring training.
What do you think? If it were up to you, how would you like to see the Yankees roster made up? Is there a free agent still available that you think fits in well to this potential roster?