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The Yankees roster as it is today

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 13, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

After yesterday’s decision to non-tender no one, the Yankees roster sits at 40 players, a full mix of high-dollar veterans and unproven prospects. Depending on offseason additions — perhaps an Andruw Jones-type, or an additional rotation candidate, or Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima — the Yankees will probably to open a few spots before spring training. For now, here’s the 40-man roster, loosely grouped by player status.

Veteran players on multi-year deals 
A.J. Burnett, CC Sabathia, Rafael Soriano, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson

Burnett is signed through 2013, Granderson and Cano have team options for 2013 and Soriano has a player option for 2013. The rest are signed beyond next season (including Jeter’s player option for 2014). Not surprisingly, this group makes up the core of the Yankees including their ace, their MVP candidates, their top free agent signing from last winter and their heart of the order.

Veteran players in their final contract year 
Freddy Garcia, Mariano Rivera, Nick Swisher 

Garcia signed a one-year deal, Rivera is the second year of a two-year contract, and Swisher just had his 2012 option picked up. Depending on Garcia’s performance, Rivera’s desire to keep playing and Swisher’s price tag, the Yankees might or might not bring these three back beyond 2012.

Arbitration eligible
Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner, Phil Hughes, Boone Logan, Russell Martin, Dave Robertson 

Some of the Yankees key, young players are starting to make serious money through arbitration. This will be Logan’s third year of eligibility, the second year for Hughes and Chamberlain, and the first year for Gardner and Robertson. Martin came to the Yankees last winter having one last arbitration year remaining.

Young, established players not yet arbitration eligible
Ivan Nova, Cory Wade, Francisco Cervelli, Eduardo Nunez, Ramiro Pena 

These five have a year’s worth of big league experience, but they’re still making nearly the minimum as players not yet eligible for arbitration. Pena is kind of the outlier here as a guy who does not seem to be in line to win a roster spot out of spring training. Nova has clearly established himself as the biggest name of this group, while Wade is the only one who’s not homegrown.

Prospects
Dellin Betances, George Kontos, D.J. Mitchell, Hector Noesi, David Phelps, Kevin Whelan, Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, David Adams, Corban Joseph, Brandon Laird, Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa

Easily the largest group, it’s made up of players without a full year of big league experience, ranging from guys with some big league playing time to guys with no experience beyond Double-A. Of this group, obviously Montero and Noesi are poised to make the most significant, immediate impact. Mitchell, Phelps, Almonte, Adams and Joseph were added to the roster this winter.

Players without options
Cesar Cabral, Brad Meyers, Chris Dickerson, Justin Maxwell

Two Rule 5 pitchers and two out-of-options outfielders. There’s a solid chance none of these four will still be in the organization on Opening Day, but right now, there’s also a chance any one of them — maybe more than one — could make the team as a role player. Cabral is a lefty, Meyers is a potential long man, and both Dickerson and Maxwell have the ability to play all three outfield spots as bench players.

Likely out for the season
Pedro Feliciano 

After shoulder surgery late last season, Feliciano’s two year deal looks like a complete loss for the Yankees. He didn’t pitch at all last year, and he’s not expected to pitch at all next year.

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