I’m holding off on posting the lineups for today’s game against Team Canada. Given the state of the lineup these days, it will hold.
Meanwhile, here’s the first attempt of the spring at guessing the Opening Day roster:
Explanation: I think Edwar Ramirez has fallen behind too much and won’t be ready by April 6. … There’s a 50-50 shot Matsui isn’t ready. … If Posada is not able to catch regularly, they could keep Kevin Cash as a third catcher. … I’m not sold on the idea of keeping both Gardner and Cabrera. But Cabrera is out of options, so maybe they would keep him if he doesn’t win the job. Ransom can play 2B, SS and 3B. Swisher can play 1B, as can Nady, so that covers the infield. But this team probably needs an extra middle infielder more than an extra outfielder.
I’m not sold on Aceves quite yet as the long reliever. But Jason Johnson won’t be ready and Brett Tomko may be a reach. Giese has a shot. I can’t see them using Hughes or Kennedy in that role. It would be a waste.