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(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
As the Yankees were coming down the home stretch of Spring Training last week, I thought I had Joe's final roster selections all figured out. I thought he was going to go with the experience/performance combo and take Matt Daley for the final bullpen spot, which also would have allowed Vidal Nuno to stay stretched out as a starter in Triple-A and be ready to come up and spot start in case of an emergency. When it came to the final bench spot, I thought Eduardo Nunez's tenure as a Yankee and familiarity with their system would give him the advantage over Yangervis Solarte and Joe would give him the nod based on loyalty.
In another shining example of why Joe and Cash have the jobs they have and I'm a cube monkey who blogs in his spare time, I was wrong on both accounts. Joe didn't go on experience and he didn't go on loyalty. He thought about what his team was going to need the most in the first few weeks of the season and made the 2 most logical choices to meet those needs.