With all of the changes to the Yankees roster over the last few days, I thought it would be constructive to lay out the roster as it currently stands and highlight some possible upcoming changes.
C: Jorge Posada
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Robinson Cano
SS: Derek Jeter
3B: Angel Berroa
LF: Johnny Damon
CF: Brett Gardner
RF: Nick Swisher
DH: Hideki Matsui
UIF: Ramiro Pena
CF: Melky Cabrera
C: Jose Molina
The Yankees are carrying a whopping 13 pitchers, including 9 relievers, due to Chien-Ming Wang hitting the DL. There are a number of changes to expect in the next two weeks. Phil Hughes will start on Tuesday, and Brian Bruney should be back within two weeks, as should Alex Rodriguez. Furthermore, the Yankees desperately need another bat off the bench, as Tyler Kepner notes:
They had Jorge Posada at third and Hideki Mastui at second against the Red Sox’ Ramon Ramirez, with Angel Berroa and Brett Gardner due up. Joe Girardi knew it was time for a pinch-hitter and from his bench he produced … Melky Cabrera.
Cabrera proceeded to roll out to Ramirez, which hung Posada up between third and home, allowing Matsui to reach third and Cabrera to take second. That left the inning up and the game, as it turned out, to Gardner, a .232 hitter with no home runs and three R.B.I. This cannot happen if you are the New York Yankees, with a $200 million payroll, even with two projected starters, Xavier Nady and Alex Rodriguez, on the disabled list.
So let’s assume four roster moves over the next few weeks: the returns of A-Rod, Hughes, and Bruney, and the addition of a minor league bat like Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez (how have they not signed Jim Edmonds yet). The A-Rod move is easy, as Berroa would just be DFA’d and sent back to the minors once he passes through waivers. The other three returns will likely come at the expense of three men in the current bullpen. I would probably send down Jackson, Ramirez, and Veras. Jose and Edwar need to find the rhythm that they had for much of last season, and Jackson clearly does not have the confidence of Joe Girardi. However, if I had to guess, the three going down will be Jackson, Robertson, and Melancon, unless those last two really assert themselves over the next few days. Otherwise, the team will send them back to SWB for more seasoning.
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