Now that Igawa is gone, the Yankees have narrowed down the competition for the long-relief role to Alfredo Aceves, Dan Giese and Brett Tomko.
Judging by the numbers, Tomko has the job in the bag. However, my gut feeling is that the Yankees will still go with Aceves, despite his ERA being 4.97 in 12 2/3 innings this spring.
Now, the Yankees have eleven relief pitchers competing for I would guess seven spots, and only Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte and Brian Bruney are the guarantees. The rest of the bullpen is a crapshoot. Pick four of the pitchers below, but one must be one of the bolded names at the bottom.
I'm going with Coke, Veras, Ramirez and Aceves. Coke was flat out filthy with the Yanks last season in 12 games (0.61 ERA). Veras has always been fairly decent when he's healthy. And Ramirez has that tantalizing changeup that has put up huge strikeout numbers for him.