I think we can assume that Jayson Nix will make the team with Derek Jeter set to start the season on the DL. With either Chris Stewart or Francisco Cervelli on the bench as well that leaves one spot open probably for Ben Francisco or Melky Mesa if they can’t find a way to add Francisco to the 40-man roster.
Joe Girardi said that Ronnier Mustelier had a chance to make the roster, but with his knee injury and the players they recently brought in, Francisco, Overbay, Boesch and Vernon Wells, Mustelier’s chance disappeared.
Now the only thing the Yankees need to figure out is exactly how their bullpen is going work out. With Phil Hughes and Clay Rapada set to start the season on the DL there are at least two open spots. There have been indications that David Aardsma is no lock to make the roster either so there could potentially be as many as three spots up for grabs in the pen.
It’s hard to say how the back of the pen will shake out, but Vidal Nuno, Cody Eppley, Shawn Kelley, Jim Miller, Josh Spence, and probably the recently claimed Sam Demel all have at least an outside chance of making the roster.
The roster won’t be finalized until Sunday.
• Unsurprisingly, the Yankees have been having trouble selling tickets this offseason so they will be giving some of the tickets behind the moat away to avoid embarrassment.