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Heavy favorites emerge for Yankees roster

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 23, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few key events and comments from the past few days have made guessing the Yankees roster fairly simple. The team could make a surprise decision in the next two weeks, but there seems to at least be an educated consensus on the most likely 25 players to break camp with the big club.

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• Yesterday, Joe Girardi said: “We have five guys (competing to be the fifth starter). We have, in a sense, one spot in the rotation and three in the bullpen.” Today, it was reported that Chad Gaudin was placed on waivers, cutting that list to four players for four spots.

• Bench candidate Jamie Hoffmann has been sent back to the Dodgers. Girardi responded by saying Marcus Thames has a “proven track record” and “the most experience in that situation.”

• Girardi also gave Ramiro Pena the “most experience” tag as the utility infielder. He’s the only utility candidate still in camp with considerable shortstop experience.

• Randy Winn and Chan Ho Park were signed to guaranteed major league deals, assuring them spots on the team.

• Last week Girardi said: “I came to camp expecting (Dave Robertson) to be one of our guys.”

• When Girardi started his A lineup last week, it included Brett Gardner as the No. 9 hitter.

Favorites for the Opening Day roster

Alfredo Aceves
A.J. Burnett
Joba Chamberlain
Phil Hughes
Damaso Marte
Sergio Mitre
Chan Ho Park
Andy Pettitte
Mariano Rivera
Dave Robertson
CC Sabathia
Javier Vazquez

Francisco Cervelli
Jorge Posada

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

Brett Gardner
Curtis Granderson
Nick Swisher
Marcus Thames
Randy Winn

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