Mark Melancon looked sharp yesterday in batting practice and impressed Jorge Posada.
The Yankees will probably start the season with seven relievers. It’s safe to say that three of them will be:
There also figures to be a long reliever. The two leading candidates are:
That leaves three spots open. Based on major-league experience, the three leading candidates are:
But already Edwar has a sore shoulder. And while Veras and Robertson did some good things last season, they shouldn’t be locks by any means. These guys could get in the mix:
Phil Coke (unless he becomes a starter)
Then you have minor-league relievers who likely need more time. These guys could play their way into a spot later in the season:
Finally you have a group of minor-league starters who could be converted into fast-track relievers at some point this season depending on needs and how they pitch:
That’s 20 names and that’s without considering players not in camp who could emerge. I think the Yankees would like to start Melancon in AAA. But if things break right, he does have a shot to start the year with the team.