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Inside the spring-training roster: Relievers

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 07, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

40-man roster players: Jonathan Albaladejo, Chris Britton, Brian Bruney, Kyle Farnsworth, LaTroy Hawkins, Sean Henn, Ross Ohlendorf, Scott Patterson, Edwar Ramirez, Mariano Rivera, Jose Veras.

Non-roster invitees: Daniel Giese, Steven Jackson, Mark Melancon, Heath Phillips, Scott Strickland, Billy Traber.

Competition: Let’s see, Mo’s on the team. Brian Cashman, for reasons that remain unclear, has a lot of faith in Farnsworth. They signed Hawkins, so they’ll keep him. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine as to who makes the team. Albaladejo and Patterson are new to the organization. Ohlendorf came on at the end of last season. Britton and Bruney fell out of favor last season but were kept around. Ramirez has a killer change and a fastball that gets killed.

Looking For A Lefty: Henn, Phillips and Traber are the only lefty relievers in camp. But the Yankees could try and convert Chase Wright into a reliever at some point. Cashman is generally against the idea of keeping a lefty for the sake of keeping a lefty.

Don’t Sleep On: Jose Veras threw 8.2 innings in the Dominican Winter League and struck out 13 while allowing four hits and four walks. He’s 27 how and needs to start showing something. Rivera is a strong supporter.

Promotion Possibilities: Anything is possible with this bunch. After successfully turning Joba Chamberlain into a reliever last season, the Yankees could try that with some of their other starters. If Joba starts the season in the ‘pen, that will solve a lot of problems.

Youngster Of Interest: Melancon will be a hot name this season. Team execs love his approach and work ethic. But he has thrown only six innings since being drafted out of Arizona in 2006 and missed all last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The surgery was 14 months ago and Melancon is ready to go.

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