The Yankees listed 43 players to leave Tampa last night and travel to Washington D.C. for the first of two final exhibition games before Opening Day. Barring a late-minute trade or waiver claim, the Yankees will trim 18 from this group to settle on an Opening Day roster. Some cuts will, obviously, be easier than others.
These are the players making the trip.
Locked in as the Yankees No. 2 starter following a strong Yankees debut last year.
Has not had a great spring, but still locked into a spot in the big league rotation. For now.
Terrific spring training that might have been enough to win a bullpen spot if the Yankees can fit him on the 40-man.
Actually read to break camp with the team this year after staying behind last spring.
Will clearly make the team. Whether he opens in the rotation or the bullpen depends on Phil Hughes.
Optioned to Triple-A, but could find a spot on the roster if the Yankees need a long reliever who’s already on the 40-man
Despite a so-so endorsement from Joe Girardi on Wednesday, still seems to have a bullpen job locked up.
Nice Triple-A season last year, but probably behind Spence and Nuno for a left-handed relief job.
No broken ankle or busted elbow, just a seventh-inning job waiting for him this year.
Upper-level relief prospect who quietly had a great spring.
Terrible spring training but could sneak onto the roster because of last year’s solid results.
Might actually be a roster favorite given his spot on the 40-man, his solid spring numbers and the Yankees bullpen openings.
The top lefty in the pen, only question is whether he’ll be the only lefty in the pen.
Pitched well last year. Pitched well this spring. But he’s not on the 40-man.
Up from minor league camp to provide an extra arm if necessary.
Relief prospect who’s stuck around all spring. Inevitably heading for the minors.
The setup man.
Experienced left-hander had a good spring. Could have a job if the Yankees want another left-on-left specialist to replace Clay Rapada.
Up from minor league camp to provide an extra catcher.
Terrific spring behind the plate. Emerged as the favorite to get the bulk of the catching starts.
Caught CC Sabathia’s last spring start. Does that mean he’ll catch on Opening Day?
Inevitably heading to Triple-A as veteran insurance.
Best player on the team.
Listed as an infield as some sort of joke, I assume.
Any remote chance of making the team surely died with the arrival of Overbay.
Basically locked into a job as the Yankees utility infielder.
Opening Day shortstop.
Brought in on a three-day tryout to prove he can fill-in at first base for a while. Seems to have already won the job.
Up from minor league camp to provide some utility depth.
Injured and unable to play.
Veteran utility man likely heading to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to provide insurance.
Starting third baseman, who should see some platoon time at first.
Up from minor league camp to provide additional outfield depth.
Left-handed outfield bat signed mid-spring. Clearly in line to win a spot.
Right-handed outfield bat signed mid-spring. Clearly in line to win a spot.
Looks like the Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter.
Chances of making the team took a hit with the Francisco signing and the Wells trade. Spring offensive decline didn’t help.
Quietly had a very nice spring. Still seems ticketed for the minor leagues.
Starting right fielder.
This week’s trade brought the Yankees their new everyday left fielder (at least until Granderson is healthy).
* Dan Otero was listed on the travel roster, but I’m not sure that will still happen now that he’s been designated for assignment.
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