A Look at the Yankees Potential Playoff Roster

The Yankees have the luxury of being able to carry 40 players on their active roster for the entire month of September, but come October they are going to have to cut that back to 25.

Now the ALDS and potential ALCS rosters are going to be different. For one there could be injuries, but most importantly is the difference between a five-game series and a seven-game series. For one the Yankees can carry 10 pitchers for the other they will likely go with 11.

As of right now I am counting 22 “Locks” to make the postseason roster, both for the division and championship series.

The pitchers who are “Locks” include starters CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia. In the bullpen they are Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, Luis Ayala, and Cory Wade.

Among the hitters the “Locks” are Russell Martin, Jesus Montero, Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez.

That leaves three spots open with probably at least one more pitcher joining them as a long-man for insurance.

The easiest way to figure this out is probably by looking at the bullpen to start. The Yankees will carry three starters and probably seven or eight relievers. Six are already set. It seems possible that Raul Valdes has a good chance to make it as a second lefty, but they’ll probably want a long-man too.

Phil Hughes could certainly serve as the long-man, but Bartolo Colon probably could too. It’s hard to imagine the Yankees leaving either of them off the roster, but it is especially hard to figure Hughes is left off if he is healthy. Carrying both of them is overkill if Valdes is on the roster. There is also Hector Noesi to consider, but at this point he looks like the odd man out.

I’m going to assume for now that they will carry 11 pitchers (although that is debatable) leaving space for just one more bench spot.

Chris Dickerson is the most likely for that spot, but Austin Romine will probably also get serious consideration. Girardi has indicated that he thinks Martin can start every game behind the plate though and Romine can always be added later in the event of an injury while Posada/Montero can fill in if there is an emergency.

The only other bench player I can see getting serious consideration is Ramiro Pena for his defense or Greg Golson for his speed. However, I don’t think either of these two have a realistic shot at making it (I’d love to hear your reasoning if you think otherwise though).

My guess is that the Yankees go with 11 pitchers, carrying both Hughes and Valdes. If Hughes’ back is a problem then that would probably change to Colon. The additional bench player would be Dickerson.

Enough from me, what’s your opinion? Do you agree with my “locks” and which players would you use to fill out their roster?

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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7 Responses to A Look at the Yankees Potential Playoff Roster

  1. Mike Sommer says:

    Hughes is going to the bullpen, and will be there for the postseason. As for Colon/AJ, that's a good question.

  2. Bronx Knight says:

    Really interesting that Burnett is nowhere in the mix. Has Girardi said anything about this? Have they finally given up on AJ? Last I heard, Girardi was keeping his options open. Given AJ's good last outing, I guess I'm surprised he's not thought to be in the mix.

    Having said that, I hope they do leave AJ off the roster; he's so unreliable. Tough call as between Colon and Hughes, mostly because of Hughes' lingering health issues. I guess you could go with Hughes, and then pull in Colon if Hughes was hurt again.

    • I think I'm going to end up being right and Garcia will be the no. 3 starter. But as of right now it is a 3 man race between Garcia/AJ/Colon. Hughes is out. He is in the bullpen and will not get another chance to start unless there is an injury or two.

  3. Tony says:

    I would rather see Colon instead of Hughes and perhaps leave Girardi off the roster as he showed Sunday night he has no idea how to win a game.

  4. Arthur says:

    No AJ Eric Chavez or Andruw Jones?

  5. shavager says:

    I agree with Tony, can we add an extra player if we leave Girardi off the roster? LOL, Girardi seems to be more impediment than addition as a positive for Yanks. He blew the 2nd game of DH against Red Sox, should've tried at all costs to win and stick the final knife in Red Sox playoff chances. I don't see Burnett left off with the money invested but he goes to bullpen with Hughes. Colon hasn't won a game in weeks, he's out. If Golson's got more speed than Dickerson, speed kills defense on basepaths in close games, take Golson. If both are comparable in speed keep Dickerson for his experience.

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