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Third try at projecting the roster

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Now we seem to have a little clarity. So here goes:

Lineup
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF

Bench
Molina C
Duncan 1B-RF-LF
Betemit: INF
Ensberg: 1B-3B

Rotation
Wang
Mussina
Hughes
Pettitte
Kennedy

Bullpen
Rivera
Chamberlain
Hawkins
Farnsworth
Traber
Rasner
Bruney

Tough cuts: Patterson, Ohlendorf, Ransom

Concerns: Who is the late-inning defensive replacement at 1B? They kept four first baseman and none of them are especially good fielders. The Big G is the Big G. Shelley tried to play first in the minors a few years ago and they moved him to the OF. Betemit has 14 games there, Ensberg one. … There is very little speed on this team. Damon is probably the fastest guy. A-Rod and Abreu can run. Jeter sometimes. If they make the playoffs, they’ll need a pinch runner (hello, Brett Gardner). … To me, Bruney’s approach is too much like Farnsworth’s. Ohlendorf would be more valuable because he can get a groundball in a tight spot. … The lineup is too lefty, which is why you’ll see a lot of Duncan and Ensberg against lefties. … I’m not convinced Betemit can play SS or 2B for a few days in a row. But he’s far more of a threat with the stick than Nick Green or Chris Woodward.

The final roster should be announced Saturday or Sunday.

 
 

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