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Predicting the roster, Version 2

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 23, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We tried this for the first time on March 5, so it’s time for another shot.

OPENING DAY ROSTER
Lineup
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Nady RF
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF

Bench
Swisher 1B-RF-LF
Molina C
Cabrera OF
Berroa 2B-SS-3B

Rotation
Sabathia
Wang
Burnett
Pettitte
Chamberlain

Bullpen
Rivera
Bruney
Marte
Veras
Ramirez
Coke
Tomko

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.

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