Monday, November 19, 2012

Opening Day Roster Not Looking So Hot Right Now

(Time for the Ninja GM to start moving in the shadows)

It's still relatively early, the spots are all going to be filled eventually, and I totally get that this is going to be business as usual for the Yankees for the next 2 years as they make their push to get below the self-imposed payroll threshold.  But it's worth nothing that this sluggish start to the offseason comes during a year when there are more holes on the roster to fill than we've seen in the past few offseasons.  Here we are, on the week of Thanksgiving, and the Yankees are in a position where, if the season started tomorrow they would be in a pretty tough spot.  Take a look.

1B- Mark Teixeira
2B- Robinson Cano
3B- Alex Rodriguez
LF- Brett Gardner (or Curtis Granderson)
CF- Curtis Granderson (or Brett Gardner)

SP1- CC Sabathia
SP4- Phil Hughes
SP5- Ivan Nova

SU- David Robertson
RHRP- Joba Chamberlain
RHRP- David Aardsma
LHRP- Boone Logan
LHRP- Clay Rapada
RHRP- David Phelps

BUC- Chris Stewart
BUIF- Eduardo Nunez

I didn't both going through the motions of filling in the open spots with MiL guys, because let's be honest, there isn't any way that Melky Mesa is next year's starting right fielder or that Eli Whiteside is the starting catcher.  But there's a lot of work to be done.  I'm assuming Derek Jeter is not going to be ready for the start of the regular season, an assumption that looks safer given Joe's comments on The Captain's status over the weekend, and I also assumed Jayson Nix would be non-tendered.  And that, combined with the age-related regression hitting some of the players we know will be there coming April 1st, the openings on the bench become a little more glaring.

At least the bullpen is pretty well stocked.  The Yanks would need it more than ever if they had to piece together a 25-man roster based on what they've got right now.

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