This was my last stab at the postseason roster, compiled about a week ago:
C Russell Martin
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
SS Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
CF Curtis Granderson
LF Brett Gardner
DH v. LHP: Andruw Jones
Nothing has changed over the last week in terms of the offense. In fact, Joe Girardi all but confirmed that Posada and Montero were going to make the roster, meaning that Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine are staying home unless the club carries 15 position players. Additionally, while it is possible that Greg Golson make it over Dickerson as the pinch runner, Dickerson’s extensive playing time over the last week suggests that he is the choice.
On the pitching side of things, I expect the Yankees to take just 3 starters, leaving Bartolo Colon and AJ Burnett home to await a possible ALCS Game 4 start. That opens up another bullpen spot, which may be filled by lefty Raul Valdes or Hector Noesi. Of course, Phil Hughes is no lock for a roster spot, but the fact that they moved him into the bullpen and plan to pitch him tonight suggests that he is a frontrunner for a postseason role. I think he makes the team as the long man, obviating the need to carry Burnett, Colon, or Noesi, while Valdes makes it as the second lefty. Basically, I think the above roster is correct once Colon is removed and Valdes is inserted.
What would your postseason roster look like?
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