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The best of what’s (still) left

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 24, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A little more than a month ago, the remaining free agent market offered enough to put together a solid — thought defensively challenged — 25-man roster. Today, the market has thinned considerably. There aren’t many unanimous decisions on this list. It’s pretty much a matter of personal preference.

Lineup
Scott Podsednik LF
Cristian Guzman 2B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Russell Branyan 1B
Jorge Cantu 3B
Jim Edmonds CF
Bengie Molina C
Lastings Milledge RF
Felipe Lopez SS

A lot of veterans who still have some power but not much else. Of these nine, the only ones who might fit for the Yankees seem to be Milledge and Lopez, who could fit as bench players. Andruw Jones is technically still a free agent — his deal isn’t official — but I decided not to count him.

Bench
Troy Glaus 1B
Ryan Church OF
Orlando Cabrera SS
Chad Moeller C

Just go through a list of free agents and take a shot in the dark. Maybe you like Bobby Crosby’s chances of a bounce-back or David Eckstein’s veteran experience. There’s no such thing as a sure-thing here.

Rotation
Andy Pettitte
Kevin Millwood
Freddy Garcia
Justin Duchscherer
Jeremy Bonderman

I still think there’s a good chance one of these five ends up going to spring training with the Yankees. Wonder which one they’d prefer?

Bullpen
Lance Cormier
Chris Ray
Blaine Boyer
Elmer Dessens
Juan Cruz
Joe Beimel
Dennys Reyes

This might be the position that’s taken the biggest hit in the past month. When I made a list like this in mid-December, the bullpen was incredibly deep and powerful. Now it’s questionable and unreliable, but with a lot of arms that are capable of playing a legitimate role at the big league level if things go well.

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