Yesterday, the Yankees opened four roster spots and filled one. But the 40-man roster cuts might not be finished.
Chris Stewart has been traded, Brendan Ryan has been signed, and the trio of David Adams, Jason Nix and Matt Daley have been non-tendered. That series of moves left the Yankees with 36 players on their 40-man roster. In next few days — maybe in the next few hours — Brian McCann will bring the total up to 37, leaving only three openings for offseason moves.
That’s not enough.
It seems inevitable that the Yankees will add at least five players.
1. Robinson Cano … or someone else to play second base
2. Carlos Beltran … or someone else to play right field
3. Hiroki Kuroda … or someone else to give the Yankees roughly 200 innings
4. Masahiro Tanaka … or someone else to give the Yankees another 200 innings or so
5. Late-inning reliever … because the bullpen’s lost too many pieces to not add at least one
And that’s to say nothing of these possibilities.
6. Left-handed reliever … unless the Yankees are sold on Cesar Cabral/David Huff
7. Middle reliever … again, because of all the bullpen’s uncertainty and inexperience
8. Third baseman … because the Yankees need to be prepared for an A-Rod suspension
9. Another hitter … because there’s no DH at the moment
10. Random waiver claim … because at least one is probably inevitable
Maybe there aren’t 10 additions coming, but that seems to be the high end of the possibility spectrum. Five to eight seems probable if not inevitable, and that means another two to five spots — at least — that have to be opened at some point. We saw a lot of 40-man maneuvering yesterday, and we’re going to see a lot more in the coming weeks and months.
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