March 23, 2010

Yankees roster, position battle notes

In light of a few recent roster moves, the Yankees Opening Day roster is nearly set. Here’s a quick recap of the moves and a look at the latest projected roster.

  • Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann cleared waivers and returned to the LA Dodgers. This opens the door for Marcus Thames as one of the backup outfielders.
  • According to Ed Price, the Yankees placed Chad Gaudin on waivers early this morning. Gaudin had an awful spring, but he was more of a proven major league pitcher than Sergio Mitre, who now looks like the favorite for a long relief role.
  • The projected Opening Day roster (via LoHud):

    Alfredo Aceves
    A.J. Burnett
    Joba Chamberlain
    Phil Hughes
    Damaso Marte
    Sergio Mitre
    Chan Ho Park
    Andy Pettitte
    Mariano Rivera
    Dave Robertson
    CC Sabathia
    Javier Vazquez

    Francisco Cervelli
    Jorge Posada

    Robinson Cano
    Derek Jeter
    Nick Johnson
    Ramiro Pena
    Alex Rodriguez
    Mark Teixeira

    Brett Gardner
    Curtis Granderson
    Nick Swisher
    Marcus Thames
    Randy Winn

Not bad at all.

Touching on the two major position decisions: Hughes is the odds-on favorite to be the No. 5 starter and Gardner will likely be the starting left fielder.

As for the batting order: Johnson should hit second, Cano fifth, Posada sixth and Granderson seventh. The rest should be obvious.

There’s your update! It looks like this team has resolved its spring training debates and is ready to repeat as champions.

Please, send along any questions you have about this season in the comments or my inbox.

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