Yankees finalize Opening Day roster

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Ladies and gentlemen, after weeks of position battles and scrap heap pickups, here are your 2013 New York Yankees…

Catchers Infielders Outfielders Rotation Bullpen
Frankie Cervelli Robinson Cano Brennan Boesch CC Sabathia Mariano Rivera
Chris Stewart Lyle Overbay Ben Francisco Hiroki Kuroda David Robertson
Jayson Nix Brett Gardner Andy Pettitte Boone Logan
Designated Hitter  Eduardo Nunez Ichiro Suzuki Ivan Nova Joba Chamberlain
Travis Hafner Kevin Youkilis Vernon Wells David Phelps Shawn Kelley
Cody Eppley
Disabled List (* denotes 60-day DL)
Adam Warren
Cesar Cabral* Phil Hughes Alex Rodriguez*
Curtis Granderson Derek Jeter  Mark Teixeira
Michael Pineda*

The pitching staff, specifically the front of the rotation and the back of the bullpen, is the clear strength of the club right now. Cano is the focal point of the offense and he won’t get a damn thing to hit with men on-base or the late innings of close games. It will be up to Youkilis, Hafner, and Wells to make the other club pay in those spots, and it’ll also be up to Robbie to not get himself out by chasing pitcher’s pitches off the plate. He did that quite a bit in the postseason last year.

Wells takes over as the everyday left fielder while Overbay will start at first base against righties — Youkilis will slide over to first with Nix playing third against southpaws. Francisco could replace Hafner, Ichiro, or Gardner against lefties. Boesch … I’m not quite sure what the plan is there, but he figures to get some work as a left-handed bat off the bench, particularly as a pinch-hitter for the Stewvelli catching tandem against tough righties late in close games. Eppley and Warren are just keeping the bullpen seats warm until Hughes (mid-April?) returns.

Thankfully, the Yankees are not married to this roster all season. It’s just the Opening Day roster. Jeter, Granderson, and Teixeira are all expected back at some point in the first half and are better than their replacements, even if their performances suffer a bit as the result of the injuries. Pineda, Cabral, and A-Rod are all second half players, if anything. I think it’s very safe to call this a patchwork roster in need of major in-season reinforcements, either by players returning from injury or through trades.

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  • forensic

    Still no word on the 40-man move for Overbay according to what I’ve seen though. At some point someone should say something…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Rapada

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)
        • forensic

          Ah, I’m not a twit so I didn’t see that. :-)

          Especially with Mike saying he’s still expected back in this post, I didn’t think it’d be him. Pretty surprising.

          • Hoss

            Logan will hit the DL by ______________.

            I’m predicting June.

  • trr

    i hate to sound so feeble, but all we can do is cross our fingers and hope for the best

  • Scott Steiner

    This has the potential to be the most frustrating season since 2008.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yankee fan problems.

      • hogsmog

        Haha, yes. We have a pitcher who could easily be in the running for a CYA, and a position player who could easily be in the running for an MVP. This is still a better spot than many teams see in a decade.

  • Tony

    Anyone know who the third catcher is?

    • Laz

      Girardi!

    • ropeadope

      Posada

      • ropeadope

        Followed on the depth chart by Yogi.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Probably Nix…if that was a serious question.

  • 28 this year

    This opening day roster will be a fun sporcle quiz like a year from now. Not gonna remember a single position player past Cano and Gardner.

  • Andy

    Hmm, lets just look at the Yankees roster…
    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr.....qi2shz.gif

  • Pseudoyanks

    “Eppley and Warren are just keeping the bullpen seats warm until Hughes (mid-April?) returns.”
    That’s 2 for 1. Does that mean you also expect to see an additional Middle IF backup added shortly?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      It originally read until Hughes and Rapada return.
      Then Rapada got DFA’d.
      So probably one of the 2 will stick around.

  • Pistol Pete

    This line up is a disgrace. When the first thing out of an owners mouth is something about a budget you know you’re going to suck. Rivera, Pettitte, and Kuroda will be trade deadline bait to build for the future. I hope Cano’s not in that group too.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      lol

  • 28 this year

    Why can’t Aardsma take the place of Cody Eppley and option Eppley? Aardsma has to be better than eppley.

  • Yankee Underground

    Steinbrenner selfishly cursed the Yankees when he plotted the destruction of Old Yankee Stadium, The House That Ruth Built. Since it’s final destruction in May 2010, and the horrendous erection of that Steinbrenner plaque, the Yankees have been cursed.

  • Yankee Underground

    They should melt down that profane “plaque” (and those statues of Steinbrenner) and build a statue of The Babe – “Hercules In Pinstripes” – putting it up on Babe Ruth Pmaza for all the world to see. That will end this pathetic curse.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz
  • Chris Jones, CCOYS

    REVERSE THE CURSE…(it’s all self-inflicted)

    It is a very simple procedure:

    Down-size that laughable plaque in Monument Park.
    Erect a statue of Babe.
    Rename the Park, OLD YANKEE STADIUM FIELDS AT MacCOMBS DAM PARK.
    Name the largest field, BABE RUTH FIELD.

    BRING BABE BACK TO THE BRONX.

    • http://www.HistoryOfTheYankees.com Bradford H. Turnow

      Great post Chris Jones. I agree! A statue of Babe Ruth MUST be erected on or near Old Yankee Stadium. Enough is enough already. With the 90th Anniversary of OYS approaching, the Yankees should announce the building and erecting of a state of George Herman Ruth! Come on Yankees, enough is enough!