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