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Getting out of Tampa

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.

STARTING PITCHERS
Hiroki Kuroda
Locked in as the Yankees No. 2 starter following a strong Yankees debut last year.
Ivan Nova
Has not had a great spring, but still locked into a spot in the big league rotation. For now.
Vidal Nuno
Terrific spring training that might have been enough to win a bullpen spot if the Yankees can fit him on the 40-man.
Andy Pettitte
Actually read to break camp with the team this year after staying behind last spring.
David Phelps
Will clearly make the team. Whether he opens in the rotation or the bullpen depends on Phil Hughes.
CC Sabathia
The ace.
Adam Warren
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

RELIEVERS
David Aardsma
Despite a so-so endorsement from Joe Girardi on Wednesday, still seems to have a bullpen job locked up.
Juan Cedeno
Nice Triple-A season last year, but probably behind Spence and Nuno for a left-handed relief job.
Joba Chamberlain
No broken ankle or busted elbow, just a seventh-inning job waiting for him this year.
Preston Claiborne
Upper-level relief prospect who quietly had a great spring.
Cody Eppley
Terrible spring training but could sneak onto the roster because of last year’s solid results.
Shawn Kelley
Might actually be a roster favorite given his spot on the 40-man, his solid spring numbers and the Yankees bullpen openings.
Boone Logan

The top lefty in the pen, only question is whether he’ll be the only lefty in the pen.
Jim Miller
Pitched well last year. Pitched well this spring. But he’s not on the 40-man.
Kelvin Perez
Up from minor league camp to provide an extra arm if necessary.
Branden Pinder
Relief prospect who’s stuck around all spring. Inevitably heading for the minors.
Mariano Rivera
The Greatest.
Dave Robertson
The setup man.
Josh Spence
Experienced left-hander had a good spring. Could have a job if the Yankees want another left-on-left specialist to replace Clay Rapada.

CATCHERS
Francisco Arcia
Up from minor league camp to provide an extra catcher.
Francisco Cervelli
Terrific spring behind the plate. Emerged as the favorite to get the bulk of the catching starts.
Chris Stewart
Caught CC Sabathia’s last spring start. Does that mean he’ll catch on Opening Day?
Bobby Wilson
Inevitably heading to Triple-A as veteran insurance.

INFIELDERS
Robinson Cano
Best player on the team.
Travis Hafner
Listed as an infield as some sort of joke, I assume.
Dan Johnson
Any remote chance of making the team surely died with the arrival of Overbay.
Jayson Nix
Basically locked into a job as the Yankees utility infielder.
Eduardo Nunez
Opening Day shortstop.
Lyle Overbay
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.
Jose Pirela
Up from minor league camp to provide some utility depth.
Mark Teixeira
Injured and unable to play.
Gil Velazquez
Veteran utility man likely heading to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to provide insurance.
Kevin Youkilis
Starting third baseman, who should see some platoon time at first.

OUTFIELDERS
Zoilo Almonte
Up from minor league camp to provide additional outfield depth.
Brennan Boesch
Left-handed outfield bat signed mid-spring. Clearly in line to win a spot.
Ben Francisco
Right-handed outfield bat signed mid-spring. Clearly in line to win a spot.
Brett Gardner
Looks like the Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter.
Melky Mesa
Chances of making the team took a hit with the Francisco signing and the Wells trade. Spring offensive decline didn’t help.
Thomas Neal
Quietly had a very nice spring. Still seems ticketed for the minor leagues.
Ichiro Suzuki
Starting right fielder.
Vernon Wells
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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