Now that the Yankees have clinched the playoffs, Torre can get his regulars ready for the postseason (much to the chagrin of my fantasy team, which has A-Rod, Jeter, and Abreu). So what will that roster look like? Let’s speculate:
1. Damon, LF
2. Jeter, SS
3. Abreu, RF
4. A-Rod, 3B
5. Matsui, DH
6. Posada, C
7. Cano, 2B
8. Doug M, 1B
9. Melky, CF
Bench: Giambi, Duncan, Betemit, Molina
Bullpen: Rivera, Joba, Viscaino, Farnsworth, Hughes, Villone
I think these are the definites, with the possible exception of Villone. However, everyone knows how much Joe loves experience and Villone has loads of it. Also, he’s a lefty who can be used situationally, or in long relief if a game gets out of hand. So he does make some sense.
I think you’ll see one more position player, either Gonzalez or Sardhina. Will depend on where Torre thinks they need more depth, IF or OF. Both players can run.
This leaves one more spot in the bullpen, most likely for Ramirez, Veras, or Ohlendorf. I’d like to see what Ohlendorf can do, but probably not the best time of year to be trying him out. I think Torre wants this spot to go to Ramirez, but Edwar is going to have to show something these final few days. (BTW, I love that Torre and Guidry were “excited” to use Ramirez Tuesday night because they had just fixed a “mechanical flaw they found.” And Edwar proceeds to come out and have absolutely zero control. Imagine how good the Yankees could be with a real pitching coach?)
If the Yanks advance to the ALCS, but Clemens has a setback physically or Mussina falls apart, I think you could see Kennedy get added to the roster, assuming his back is healthy.