Thursday, March 16, 2017

Predicting the Yankees Opening Day Roster Halfway Through Spring Training

The New York Yankees passed the halfway point of spring training this week according to their Grapefruit League schedule so halfway through I am going to make some roster predictions for Opening Day 2017. The Yankees recently cut down 11 players over the weekend dropping their roster to 53 players. New York has to have their roster down to 25 players by April 2nd and while there are some obvious cuts to be made with top prospects there are still some decisions to be made regarding the rotation, the bullpen and the bench. Here’s my decisions on those important positions as it stands today. Obviously these are subject to change in the next coming weeks. If you disagree with my assessment then please leave it below in the comments section or give us a follow on Twitter (@GreedyStripes) and we can discuss it there. Thank you.

The Offense:
C: Gary Sanchez
1B: Greg Bird
2B: Starlin Castro
SS: Didi Gregorius
3B: Chase Headley
LF: Brett Gardner
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
RF: Aaron Judge
DH: Matt Holliday

The Bench:
BN: Chris Carter
BN: Aaron Hicks
BN: Ronald Torreyes
BN: Austin Romine

The Rotation:
SP: Masahiro Tanaka
SP: Michael Pineda
SP: CC Sabathia
SP: Luis Severino
SP: Chad Green

The Bullpen:
LR: Bryan Mitchell
RP: Jon Niese
RP: Tommy Layne
RP: Adam Warren
RP: Tyler Clippard
SU: Dellin Betances
CP: Aroldis Chapman


  1. The only changes I would make, switch Mitchell and Green, and DFA Carter for Refsnyder.

  2. I would switch Warren for Green and agree with Levin about Carter. I might sent Torreye's packing as well


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