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Diving into the depths: New York Yankees

Feb 23, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training.
New York Yankees
1. CC Sabathia
2. A.J. Burnett
3. Andy Pettitte
4. Javier Vazquez
5. Joba Chamberlain
6. Phil Hughes
7. Chad Gaudin
8. Sergio Mitre
9. Chan Ho Park
10. Alfredo Aceves
11. Zach McAllister
12. Kei Igawa
13. Dustin Moseley
14. Jason Hirsh
15. George Kontos
16. Ivan Nova
I think I’d rather see Hughes in the rotation if there’s only room for one, but Chamberlain appears to have the edge for the fifth spot at the start of camp. The loser in the competition will likely function as the team’s eighth-inning guy. The Yankees don’t intend to send either back to Triple-A to work as a starter.
1. Mariano Rivera
2. Phil Hughes/Joba Chamberlain
3. Damaso Marte
4. Chan Ho Park
5. David Robertson
6. Alfredo Aceves
7. Chad Gaudin
8. Edwar Ramirez
9. Boone Logan
10. Sergio Mitre
11. Jonathan Albaladejo
12. Mark Melancon
13. Dustin Moseley
14. Romulo Sanchez
15. Royce Ring
16. Kei Igawa
17. Kevin Whelan
18. Jason Hirsh
19. Christian Garcia
20. Zack Segovia
21. Wilkin De La Rosa
Park’s addition means another very qualified reliever is going to be left out on Opening Day. Gaudin is due $2.95 million this year, a salary that would seem to make him a lock. However, his contract isn’t guaranteed. Same goes for Mitre. Either could be cut or traded at the end of the spring.

1. Jorge Posada
2. Francisco Cervelli
3. Mike Rivera
First base
1. Mark Teixeira
2. Nick Johnson
3. Juan Miranda
Second base
1. Robinson Cano
2. Ramiro Pena
3. Kevin Russo
4. Reegie Corona
Third base
1. Alex Rodriguez
2. Ramiro Pena
3. Kevin Russo
1. Derek Jeter
2. Ramiro Pena
3. Eduardo Nunez
Pena is currently set to occupy a utility role, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees trade a reliever for a veteran backup late in the spring. Pena offers a lot defensively, but he’s far from an ideal option to play regularly in the event of an injury.
Left field
1. Brett Gardner
2. Randy Winn
3. Marcus Thames
4. Jamie Hoffmann
5. Reid Gorecki
Center field
1. Curtis Granderson
2. Brett Gardner
3. Randy Winn
4. Greg Golson
5. Reid Gorecki
Right field
1. Nick Swisher
2. Randy Winn
3. Marcus Thames
4. Jamie Hoffmann
5. David Winfree
Designated hitter
1. Nick Johnson
2. Marcus Thames
3. Jorge Posada
4. Alex Rodriguez
5. Nick Swisher
Hoffman, the first overall pick in the Rule 5 draft, seems like a big long shot to make the team now with Winn and Thames in camp. Thames makes plenty of sense as a left fielder and DH against lefties, though Winn still could end up as Gardner’s platoon partner. I imagine that manager Joe Girardi will just ride the hot hand between the three of them.

  1. Nasty Boy - Feb 24, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    They seem younger , stronger ,and deeper than last year. I look for them to have an easier time getting to the world series than last year. Go Yanks.

  2. Lawrence From Plattekill - Feb 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    They might be a better club, but they were a bit lucky last year–played above their pythagorean thanks largely to all those walk-offs and comebacks. So they could be a better club but not win 103 games.

  3. BaseballFan2 - Feb 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    I think they’ll miss Matsui – a good, professional hitter. It will be interesting to see how the line up goes. Nick Johnson is s – l – o – w. I hope they don’t hit him at 2 where he can clog up the bases. But overall, I agree that they have a much stronger roster today than they did at this point last year.

  4. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Feb 24, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    ck Johnson is s – l – o – w. I hope they don’t hit him at 2 where he can clog up the bases.

    Please don’t use that phrase again. It’s idiotic and makes no sense whatsoever.

    I think I’d rather see Hughes in the rotation if there’s only room for one

    Any reasoning behind this that doesn’t involve the words, bulldog mentality/feeling/attitude/fistpumps? Lots of people (Olney for one) keep saying this but don’t mention any reasoning behind it. Hughes will be on an innings limit, Chamberlain isn’t. Chamberlain has shown he can pitch an entire year as a starter, Hughes hasn’t.

  5. BC - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Gaudin or Mitre could be the Mets’ third starter. Grab them while you can, Omar!!!

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