The picture above is from the Army baseball field at West Point, where extra seating has been added for today’s Yankees game. I’m about to leave for West Point right now. The Yankees themselves might already be there. They’re scheduled to receive a tour of the grounds and each lunch with the cadets before playing their final exhibition of the spring.
Frankly, there doesn’t seem to be very much to learn today. The Yankees essentially set their roster yesterday when they cut David Aardsma and shipped Vidal Nuno and Melky Mesa to minor league camp. Barring another waiver claim or trade addition, the Yankees seem to be on track to carry Shawn Kelley, Cody Eppley and Adam Warren as their final pitchers; and Ben Francisco, Lyle Overbay and Brennan Boesch as their final position players.
They still have to officially put Phil Hughes, Clay Rapada, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list, but that’s little more than a technicality. They also have to open a 40-man spot for Overbay, which presents an interesting decision.
For now, here are two numbers that are fairly surprising.
A full 20 percent of the Yankees Opening Day roster will be made up of players who weren’t with the Yankees when spring training started. Kelley came over in a trade one day after pitchers reported to camp, and Francisco, Overbay, Boesch and Vernon Wells were each acquired in the past three weeks.
But that’s nothing compared to this…
The Yankees lineup on Monday is expected to have only two players — Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner — who were in the Opening Day lineup last year. Two!
Associated Press photo