For all of the A.J. Burnett trade talk over the past week or so, he’s still on the team and they still haven’t signed Raul Ibanez, Johnny Damon, or Eric Chavez. These moves are still likely, but let’s take a look at the Yankees potential opening day roster as it is set up right now.
STARTING FOUR: CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, and Hiroki Kuroda are locks for the Yankees rotation.
THREE FOR ONE: Until Burnett is traded, he’ll be expected to compete with Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia for the final spot in the rotation.
BULLPEN LOCKS: Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, and Cory Wade.
STARTING LINEUP: Derek Jeter SS, Curtis Granderson CF, Robinson Cano 2B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Mark Teixeira 1B, Nick Swisher RF, Russell Martin C, Andruw Jones/Russell Branyan DH, and Brett Gardner LF.
BENCH PIECES: Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli, Andruw Jones/Russell Branyan, Bill Hall.
26th GUY: Chris Dickerson.
A PAIR OF LEFTIES: Hideki Okajima and Cesar Cabral.
HOW A BURNETT TRADE CAN CHANGE ALL OF THIS: If Burnett is traded the Yankees will likely sign Ibanez and Chavez. That would mean Branyan and Hall would be off the roster. They could then use Burnett’s spot to either carry an extra outfielder (Dickerson) or another lefty.