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The 25-man roster as it is today

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 07, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The free agent market opened to all teams at 12:01 this morning. Based on the players under contract with the Yankees — or at least under team control — this would be the current 25-man roster (or at least one version of it).

ALCS Rangers Yankees BaseballLineup
Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Jesus Montero C
Eduardo Nunez SS

As an everyday shortstop, I’ll give Nunez the nod ahead of Ramiro Pena. Montero opens the season toward the bottom of the order until he gets his feet wet.

Bench
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena INF
Colin Curtis OF
Greg Golson OF

As you might expect, the bench is light on offense. I’ll go with the left-right combination of Curtis and Golson, but carrying Kevin Russo as a right-handed bat with defensive versatility would also make sense. Other options: Jorge Vazquez, Brandon Laird and Reegie Corona.

ALCS Yankees Rangers BaseballRotation
CC Sabathia LHP
Phil Hughes RHP
A.J. Burnett RHP
Ivan Nova RHP
Dustin Moseley RHP

The only other options with more than 12 Triple-A starts are Romulo Sanchez and Sergio Mitre. In this unlikely scenario, though, Joba Chamberlain might suddenly become a starter again.

Bullpen
Joba Chamberlain RHP
Dave Robertson RHP
Boone Logan LHP
Sergio Mitre RHP
Jonathan Albaladejo RHP
Romulo Sanchez RHP
Kei Igawa LHP

All hands on deck! Bring back the Kei-man! In all seriousness, if the Yankees somehow were left with only the players currently under team control, I’m sure you’d see one of the upper-level starters — Brackman, Phelps, Noesi — get a long look either for the rotation or the bullpen.

Clearly none of these scenarios is actually going to happen, but right now, these are the Yankees: A surprisingly good lineup, a light-hitting bench, a rotation without depth and a bullpen that needs a couple of pieces.

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