Yesterday was the first day that position players had to report to spring training, but the first day is really just them reporting to camp and taking physicals. So today is the real start of full blown spring training and we are just six days away from games.
On this first full day of spring training, let’s take a look at what the Yankees Opening Day roster is expected to look like. At first glace, it appears that there are 24 roster spots already locked down.
There may be more candidates that get opportunities if there are injuries or a trade, but it looks like there will be about 10 players fighting for the final roster spot. Doing the math there, and that’s going to be a lot of unhappy players.
There is a lot of time between now and the start of the season though. No matter how good it looks right now there is almost certainly going to be something that comes up and affects how the actual Opening Day roster ends up.
Question: Who will land that final roster spot? It seems likely that they could go with a second lefty, but the bench candidates all have their merits as well and it isn’t impossible to envision Delcarmen or Kontos stealing the final spot with an exceptional spring.