Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Current Projected Opening Day Starting Lineup

SP - CC Sabathia
SP - Hiroki Kuroda
SP - Andy Pettitte
SP - Phil Hughes
SP - Ivan Nova

CP - Mariano Rivera
SU - David Robertson
MR - David Aardsma
MR - Joba Chamberlain
MR - Cody Eppley
MR - Boone Logan
MR - Clay Rapada

C - Chris Stewart
1B - Mark Teixeira
2B - Robinson Cano
SS - Derek Jeter
3B - Kevin Youkilis
LF - Brett Gardner
CF - Curtis Granderson
RF - Ichiro Suzuki
DH - Delmon Young

BN - Chris Dickerson
BN - Francisco Cervelli
BN - Eduardo Nunez
BN - Jayson Nix

BOLDED are predictions that we will sign.

There is no such thing as a bad minor league deal in my opinion so here is a list of guys that, if willing to sign, I would throw out minor league deals and invites to:

LHP Mike Gonzalez
RHP Cory Wade
RHP Peter Moylan
RHP Derek Lowe
LF Johnny Damon
CF Grady Sizemore
2B Placido Polanco

World Series caliber team? Probably not in my opinion. The pitching seems to be stacked on paper but that lineup and bench should not scare many anymore. Granted Alex Rodriguez will be back in June or July but how will he come back? After a second hip surgery we cannot really count on him for anything much like we cannot count on Michael Pineda at all either. Although at the same time Pineda and Alex Rodriguez may be the best mid season additions that we can make and they will not cost a thing.

Also obviously we have many trade pieces including David Phelps, Adam Warren, and all of our lower level guys that could fetch us big time pieces like Chase Headley or Justin Upton but I think Cashman would have already gotten that done had it been plausible.

I am really worried about the 2013 season but then again it is December 11th so I will wait patiently and hope for the best, but I am preparing for the worst. Maybe the Mayans were right... the Yankees are not spending after all.

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