40-man roster players: Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui.
Non-roster invitees: Justin Christian, Colin Curtis, Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson, Jason Lane, Greg Porter, Jose Tabata.
Competition: All spots are set. Abreu will be right, Cabera in center and Damon in left. Matsui will transition to more of a DH this season. Those figure to be the only OFs kept on the roster as Shelley Duncan or Chris Woodward (if he makes the team as a utility infielder) can play the corners.
Don’t Sleep On: Damon showed up out of shape last season, lost his job in center and had what for him was a lousy year. He’s got plenty of pride and will be looking to bounce back. The Yankees are a different team when he’s playing well.
Promotion Possibilities: It’s unlikely the Yankees will need outfield help during the season. If they did, they’d probably go with the hottest player in Scranton at the time.
Youngster of Interest: Jackson is ranked the organization’s No. 2 prospect by Baseball America. A five-took outfielder, he had a breakout season in 2007. He’s expected to open the season with Class AA Trenton but could make another surge.