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Nine Yankees for the WBC

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 19, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The 45-man provisional rosters for the WBC came out tonight. The Yankees had nine players from their 40-man roster selected, six by the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican roster includes Melky Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Damaso Marte, Edwar Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Veras.

Derek Jeter is the only Yankee on Team USA. Alfredo Aceves (Mexico) and Francisco Cervelli (Italy) also were also chosen along with four minor leaguers: lefty Kai Liu (China), first baseman Jahdiel Santamaria (Panama), infielder Jorge Vazquez (Mexico) and catcher Zhenwang Zhang (China).

Keep in mind these are provisional rosters. Players cannot be added but some will be cut. The final rosters, of 28 players, will be announced Feb. 24.

Because they ended the year on the disabled list or had surgery, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Hideki Matsui and Chien-Ming Wang were either ineligible or simply elected not to play.

What would be best for Cano, staying in camp with the Yankees or playing for the Dominicans? Cano has been a slow starter (.238/.283/.328 in April for his career), so maybe playing competitive games for his country on a star-studded roster will help him.

That is if he plays. Manager Felipe Alou could use Alfonso Soriano at second. Or Placido Polanco. Or one of his extra All-Star shortstops.

Jeter and Rodriguez have their routines down and the WBC won’t change much of anything for them. Cano showed last year he needs a kick in the pants from time to time and he’s implementing a new approach at the plate. You can make a case that staying in camp would be for the best.

But the Yankees have little choice but to let him play if that is what he wants. Either way, he needs a comeback season after what happened in 2008.

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Sal Fasano is on Italy’s roster. How great is that? And Sir Sidney signed up for the Netherlands.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: The complete rosters are now available here.

 
 

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