Brian Cashman and Joe Torre don’t plan to decide on a roster until Friday. Here is what I would do:
Infielders (7): Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez, Doug Mientkiewicz, Miguel Cairo, Josh Phelps.
Outfielders (4): Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera.
Catchers (2): Jorge Posada, Todd Pratt.
Starting pitchers (5): Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, Andy Pettitte, Kei Igawa, Darrell Rasner.
Relief pitchers (7): Mariano Rivera, Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Myers, Scott Proctor, Luis Vizcaino, Ron Villone, Brian Bruney.
Explanations: I’m not sold on Phelps because he has a big swing with a hitch and how will that work coming off the bench? But Phillips could clear waivers and you can’t ignore what Phelps has done. … Cairo was on the team when he signed, case closed. … Pratt is the classic “Torre loves experience” choice. Plus he could get a big hit once in a while and I’m not sure Nieves will do that. … Rasner would be the long man/spot starter until the Wanger gets back. … I take Villone because he proved himself last season before they wore him out. You option Henn and take the chance on Villone. $2.5 million is spare change to the Yankees. … Bruney makes it because they don’t need a long man early on and he has regained his slider.