Here are some of their main areas of focus:
Jorge Posada: Joe Girardi has already said that he thinks that Posada will be on the playoff roster, however Brian Cashman wasn’t as committal when George King of the NY Post spoke to him yesterday. Cash said, “I can’t say yet. We haven’t made any decisions. We’ve got more conversations. It’s going to be hard, we have a lot of talent there.”
THE STARTING ROTATION: The Yankees have not announced for certain whether or not they are going to a three or four man rotation in the ALDS, but sources have leaked that they are going with a three-man rotation having CC Sabathia starting games no. 1 and 4 (on short rest).
Cashman said that they have three starters in mind, but they have not announced them. My guess is CC, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia, although A.J. Burnett is still in the mix and would probably be the no. 4 starter if they went that way.
THE BULLPEN: We all know that Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, Luis Ayala, and Cory Wade are in, but they have to decide if they are going with seven relievers or eight. They also have to find out who will be filling those one or two spots. Lefty Raul Valdes has a shot, so do Phil Hughes, Bartolo Colon, and Hector Noesi.
THE BENCH: With Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez, the Yankees have three key pieces in place, but they are probably going to carry five guys off the bench. The others are probably going to be Chris Dickerson and Jorge Posada/Jesus Montero. There are some other players to consider though and those include Ramiro Pena and Greg Golson.
WAITING FOR THEIR OPPONENT: Girardi told the NY Post that he is set on 22 of the 25 roster spots. The final three spots will be at least partially determined by who their opponent is.