We are just eight days from Jacoby Ellsbury leading off against Scott Feldman in Houston to open up the 2014 season. There are still plenty of players fighting for spots on the team. So, who will be on the team that night? Here’s my guess.
That is how I think the rotation shakes out. Even though Pineda is going to be on an innings limit, he will be the fifth starter. He’s pitched too well this spring not to.
Joe Girardi has said he won’t take a second lefty to start the year even with Thornton’s struggles this spring. That leaves the door open for Claiborne. Betances has pitched too well not to make the club. He could eventually find himself setting up Robertson.
I don’t believe Cervelli is traded before the season starts. In fact, I’m not sure the Yankees make any moves at all before the season starts. The Yankees will keep whatever depth they have for now.
Anna makes the club because Brendan Ryan will more than likely start the year on the DL. Yangervis Solarte doesn’t make it because he’s not on the 40-man roster and I don’t think the Yankees take anyone off of it.
I think with the recent injury to Ellsbury, it will make the Yankees re-think trading Ichiro for now.
Again, this is just a projection, and this won’t be the roster you see come September, but this could very well be the 25 in Houston.