We tried this for the first time on March 5, so it’s time for another shot.
OPENING DAY ROSTER
Changes from the last time: Tomko is now ahead of Aceves and Geise for the long-man spot. … Looks like Edwar Ramirez has made it back from his injury. Joe Girardi seems to love him, but I’d rather have Dave Robertson.
Strengths: The rotation is clearly imposing. I mean, Joba Chamberlain is the No. 5. … The bullpen will be strong and will get stronger once they mix in another power arm. … The lineup will do just fine even without A-Rod for a while.
Weaknesses: The bench isn’t much beyond Swisher. I personally don’t see the need to keep Cabrera around if he can’t beat out Gardner. I’d rather have an extra infielder or an extra catcher so Posada can DH once a week without any concerns. … Berroa is just a place holder until A-Rod gets back although Ramiro Pena might be a better choice. … Matsui remains a health concern but Posada seems to have bounced back well.
Possible moves: Ransom looks like a safe bet to start the season at third base. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Brian Cashman goes out and gets somebody. … What looks like wishful thinking in Angels camp has the Yankees being interested in Gary Matthews Jr. But Anaheim would have to eat a huge chunk of the $33 million he has left on his foolish contract.