It’s amusing that Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman picked the same roster that Joe Torre and Brian Cashman would have.
They went with big-league experience and power arms (Bruney, Ohlendorf) over minor-league stat sensations (Patterson, Ramirez).
They went with experience and power (Ensberg) over youth and speed (Gardner).
They went with an over-abundance of first baseman, just like they did last year.
They went with guys Cashman traded for (Albaladejo) over guys he has released (Rasner).
Ultimately, who is on the roster on March 31 is meaningless. Pettitte will come off the DL five days into the season and the first of many moves will be made. At this time last year, few fans knew anything about Joba Chamberlain or Ian Kennedy beyond that they were in the organization.
Expect more of the same this year. There are players who weren’t even in camp (such as J.B. Cox) who could be pitching in the majors come August. Humberto Sanchez gets on the mound for the first time on Monday. He could be a factor late in the season. There are countless possibilities.
But for now, the new boss seems to value the same qualities the old boss did.