15 Jan 2008
The Yankees invited 26 players to Spring Training.
Chad Jennings has a great rundown of each player in his blog and he handicaps the chances of each one making the team.
For my part, I view things this way. The Yankees are going to enter camp with about 21 spots settled. Look at this potential roster: Posada, Molina, Duncan, Betemit, Giambi, Cano, Jeter, A-Rod, Damon, Matsui, Cabrera, Abreu, Wang, Pettitte, Mussina, Hughes, Kennedy, Joba, Rivera, Farnsworth, Hawkins.
That leaves you with 3 pitchers and another hitter who can make the club. I would guess that on the pitching side Ohlendorf, Ramirez and Veras are the favorites heading into camp. Yes, the Yankees want a lefty in the pen, but I don’t think they will force the point.
The bat is more of a mystery. Despite the presence of Betemit, I think an infielder might be the way they go. That puts Gonzalez in play and I agree with Chad that Ransom or Green could certainly make the team too.
While this is fun to speculate about, the best news is that pitchers and catchers report one month from today.