The headline of this post should come with a subhead: Why this morning’s post doesn’t really matter.
Exactly one year ago, I wrote a post identical to this morning’s. I looked at the Yankees organization as it was and came up with an Opening Day roster based on players under team control. Of the spots that weren’t obvious, I got exactly none of them right (to my credit, I think I was making reasonable guesses at the time).
I point this out only to show how much better the Yankees roster is today than it was at this time last year.
Here’s what I came up with exactly a year ago.
I beg you to remember this was based strictly on players who were under contract at the time. It wasn’t meant to be a roster prediction, more to give a sense of what the team looked like at the moment.
To be fair, I knew the shortstop prediction was wrong, but Derek Jeter wasn’t under contract and Nunez was clearly the best choice available. At catcher, it might have been Montero had the Yankees not signed Russell Martin.
C Francisco Cervelli, INF Ramiro Pena, OF Colin Curtis, OF Greg Golson
Not even close. Cervelli and Curtis were hurt on Opening Day, Golson’s spot was upgraded with Andruw Jones, and Pena was bumped to Triple-A as a trickle-down effect of Jeter agreeing to a new contract.
LHP CC Sabathia, RHP Phil Hughes, RHP A.J. Burnett, RHP Ivan Nova, RHP Dustin Moseley
Obviously this was before the Yankees decided to non-tenter Moseley and long before they signed either Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon. Moseley wound up pitching pretty well in San Diego.
RHP Joba Chamberlain, RHP Dave Robertson, LHP Boone Logan, RHP
Sergio Mitre, RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, RHP Romulo Sanchez, LHP Kei Igawa
To my credit, the inclusion of Igawa was a joke, and this was obviously before the Yankees had agreed to a new deal with Mariano Rivera. It was long before they’d agreed to contracts with Rafael Soriano, Luis Ayala, Cory Wade or Pedro Feliciano. Basically, at this time last year, the Yankees bullpen was a mess. It’s kind of amazing how much better it looks today.
Associated Press photos