The Yankees potential opening day roster

There are just eight days until Opening Day so it’s a good time to look at the Yankees potential roster that day.

STARTING ROTATION FILLED

  1. CC Sabathia
  2. Hiroki Kuroda
  3. Phil Hughes (rumored)

BULLPEN

  • Mariano Rivera
  • David Robertson
  • Rafael Soriano
  • Cory Wade
  • Boone Logan

LINEUP

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  6. Nick Swisher, RF
  7. Raul Ibanez, DH
  8. Russell Martin, C
  9. Brett Gardner, LF

BENCH

  • Francisco Cervelli, C
  • Andruw Jones, OF/DH
  • Eduardo Nunez, IF
  • Eric Chavez, 3B/1B

GUYS FIGHTING FOR 2 ROTATION SPOTS

  • Ivan Nova
  • Michael Pineda
  • Freddy Garcia

GUYS FIGHTING TO BE THE 2ND LEFTY

  • Cesar Cabral
  • Clay Rapada

If Freddy Garcia is traded or somebody like Ivan Nova or Michael Pineda then there will be an open bullpen or outfield spot to be filled. These would be the options for the 25th spot:

  • David Phelps, RHP
  • Adam Warren, RHP
  • D.J. Mitchell, RHP
  • Justin Maxwell, OF
  • Chris Dickerson, OF
  • Bill Hall, OF/IF

Jack Cust is also around if the Yankees decide to cut Ibanez, but he won’t start the season with them unless there is an injury. Andy Pettitte will also be showing up around May 1st. It’s way to early to tell what will happen then, but he will go into the rotation and Joe Girardi said he will not have a 6-man rotation.

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2 Responses to The Yankees potential opening day roster

  1. gordybravo says:

    Forget the second lefty I'd rather not lose Justin Maxwell,or Bill Hall for that matter. Maxwell I think has the makings of a very good player,whose only going to get better, he looks the part. Hall is the type of veteran player that's perfect, he can play anywhere,pinch hit,bunt and won't melt under pressure.

  2. Bronx_Knight says:

    This roster looks a little thin among position players. Ibanez is listed only as DH. He was the Phillies' starting leftfielder last year. He's not a good outfielder, but he can do it. That would make two backup outfielders, one who still fields well (Jones), and one emergency guy (Ibanez).

    The infield is even thinner. A-Rod and Jeter will absolutely need time in the DH slot. On paper we have Nunez and Chavez, but Chavez is guaranteed to get injured. Plus Nunez is the only guy on the bench with speed who you could use as a pinch runner.

    All in all, I agree with Gordy. A second lefty in the pen would be a nice luxury, but I think this bench is just too thin and injury prone. Bill Hall can play almost any position, and he would also have some power off the bench. I would add him.