With all the recent Yankees trade activity, I’m guessing that the Yankees roster will shape up like this for tomorrow’s game:
Mike Mussina – Starter #1
Worm Killer Wang – Starter #2
Randy Johnson – Starter #3
Cory Lidle – Starter #4
Jaret Wright – Starter #5
Mariano Rivera – Closer
Kyle Farnsworth – Mr. 8th
Scott Proctor – Mr. 7th
Mike Myers – The LOOGY
Ron Villone – Jack of All Trades
Sidney Ponson – Break Open In Case of Fire
The Regulars (9)
Jorge Posada – Catcher
Craig Wilson – 1B
Miggy Cairo – 2B (Until Cano Returns)
Derek Jeter – SS
Alex Rodriguez – 3B
Melky Cabrera – LF
Johnny Damon – CF
Bobby Abreu – RF
Jason Giambi – DH
The Bench (5)
Nick Green – Placeholder for Robinson Cano – then this is Cairo
Andy Phillips – Back-up CM/Emergency MI/Main Clubhouse Squeeze
Bernie Williams – In Charge of Green Tea
Sal Fasano – Beta Catcher
Bubba Crosby – In Trouble When Matsui Returns
When Hideki Matsui comes off the D.L., I could see Bubba Crosby getting kicked off the team and then Melky Cabrera becomes the best 4th OF in baseball.
When Sheffield comes off the D.L., no one will have to move because it will be after September 1st. (Although it will be interesting to see who is left off the post-season roster for Sheffield. It’s between Bernie, Phillips, and Wilson. Knowing Torre, it will be Wilson.)
As a side note, for a while, all the Yankees starting OFers will have first names that end with “Y.” Has that ever happened before?
Back to the roster, I hope that Nick Green and Aaron Guiel get to come back when the rosters expand on September 1st.
Torre and Cashman seem to like T.J. Beam. So, I expect Ponson will be gone soon. And, of course, the Godot Twins (Dotel and Pavano) will probably be after Ponson’s spot on the team as well.
It’s going to an exciting last two months of the season. I’m looking to see what this team can do now. If Randy Johnson can be decent, and everyone else just plays their normal game, this team can and should win the A.L. East – and has a very good shot at the pennant.
And, I would love to see this Yankees team play the Mets in the World Series – especially after the moves the Mets made and didn’t make today.