So let’s play a little “What If” here. Let’s pretend that the Yankees don’t make any more moves before the start of the season and decide to make a roster only out of the players currently on the 40 Man Roster. So, that discounts Jesus Montero. I considered making an exception since the plan for 2011 includes him, but, for once, I’ll be strict in my roster construction.
We’ve got 18 pitchers to choose from, and we’ll go with, as most teams do, a 13 man pitching staff: 5 starters, 8 relievers.
1. CC Sabathia
2. Phil Hughes
3. A.J. Burnett
4. Ivan Nova
5. Sergio Mitre
The first two? Good. I’m confident in those two. The third? Meh…he’ll likely improve, but I won’t hold my breath. The last two scare the hell out of me. I hate Mitre, but I sub him in for Andrew Brackman because I think it’s important that Brackman iron out the final kinks in the less-stressful minors. The same goes for Dellin Betances, who also needs to show he can stay healthy before I’m giving him any look in the Majors.
CL: Mariano Rivera
RP: David Robertson
RP: Joba Chamberlain
RP: Boone Logan
RP: Pedro Feliciano
RP: Ryan Pope
RP: Romulo Sanchez
After Logan, this bullpen gets pretty scary. Sanchez throws pretty damn hard, so there’s some upside there. Of the minor league options after Pope, he seems best. The site hasn’t updated to include Feliciano, but we can “cheat” here since he’s been signed.
C: Russel Martin
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Robinson Cano
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Brett Gardner
CF: Curtis Granderson
RF: Nick Swisher
DH: Jorge Posada
The lineup is fine. Some point to Posada’s poor splits as a DH, but I think he’ll improve without the grind of catching.
C: Francisco Cervelli
IF: Ramiro Pena
IF: Eduardo Nunez
OF: Greg Golson
The bench has literally no power, but it has two solid defenders in Pena and Golson. Cervelli is good when he’s not in the starting role, so he could improve as a strictly bench player.
This team is a little…scary. The lineup is easily the best thing about it and the starting rotation is vaguely top heavy. The bullpen is…well, we won’t go there. It gets a little stronger if we knock Nova and/or Mitre into the bullpen by adding another starter, which could definitely happen.
Still, I think this team could slug its way to about 90 wins. There are, however, improvements that need to be made.
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