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Opening day roster guess No. 1

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 26, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The day after Christmas. A little more than a month and a half before pitchers and catcher report to spring training. The Yankees have so far made three trades, signed two major league free agents and chosen a Rule 5 draft pick.

At this point, there is at least the slightest chance — though still very unlikely — that the opening day roster will be chosen from the current group of Yankees. This seems to be a good time to take a guess at the 25 players who will break camp with New York in April.

My guess includes just one additional free agent signing. He’s an outfielder who fits Brian Cashman’s (public) plan of a not spending too much, he has experience at all three outfield positions, he has experience in the AL East and his numbers are outstanding against left-handed pitching.

For the last spot in the bullpen, I went with a guy who has caught the Yankees’ eye in spring training in the past and was pitching extremely well late last year in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

CC Sabathia
A.J. Burnett
Andy Pettitte
Javier Vazquez
Phil Hughes

Mariano Rivera
Joba Chamberlain
Damaso Marte
Dave Robertston
Alfredo Aceves
Chad Gaudin
Jonathan Albaladejo

Jorge Posada
Francisco Cervelli

Mark Teixeira
Robinson Cano
Alex Rodriguez
Derek Jeter
Nick Johnson
Ramiro Pena

Brett Gardner
Reed Johnson
Curtis Granderson
Nick Swisher
Jamie Hoffmann




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