Yankees announce ALDS roster

Position players

Mark Teixeira
Robinson Cano
Derek Jeter
Alex Rodriguez
Russell Martin
Brett Gardner
Curtis Granderson
Nick Swisher
Jorge Posada
Jesus Montero
Andruw Jones
Eduardo Nunez
Eric Chavez
Chris Dickerson

Some thoughts:

  • Bartolo Colon is the most obvious snub. I can’t say I’m that surprised, but on the other hand I’m not sure there’s necessarily a good reason for preferring Burnett to Colon. If Colon has pitched his last game as a Yankee, I’d just like to say that it was a lot of fun watching him pitch this year, and that the Yankees aren’t where they are now without him. Thanks Bartolo!
  • The Yankees did indeed leave Austin Romine off of the roster, so they aren’t carrying a true backup catcher. With Jorge Posada starting as the designated hitter in the series, that means Jesus Montero is the primary backup catcher, with Posada the emergency option.
  • Maybe it’s just me, but this looks like a bench that really lacks speed, which is a little odd for a postseason bench. Nunez is really the only good option for a late game pinch runner. I really don’t understand the point of bringing Dickerson over Greg Golson. Dickerson isn’t an automatic out against right-handed pitching, at least, but if he’s batting at all something has gone wrong.
  • That is a deep bullpen. As long as the starters don’t let any games get out of hand early, Joe Girardi has a lot of options and a lot of different ways to lock down the second half of a game or so.

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9 thoughts on “Yankees announce ALDS roster

    • Yeah, I'm wondering if Joe will give him a start at some point just to keep him fresh. He's not exactly a defensive replacement.

      • Um, I hope that Girardi doesn't give people starts just to keep them fresh. It's the playoffs–he should start people with winning in mind, not keeping people fresh in mind.

        That said, I agree that its a little confusing why Jones is on the roster. Is he going to PH for Posada if Leyland brings in Coke? I'd rather Montero do that.

        • I hadn't thought about Jones PH for Posada…I guess that's a possibility.

          I'm afraid of the PH for Gardner. Last time Girardi tried that (was it against the Rays a few weeks ago), the other manager switched to a righty and Jones isn't that good against righties unless he gets a lucky fastball.

  1. Sad news for Colon… I would have liked to see him in the mix. He has enough velocity and movement to probably have been effective in relief.

  2. Don't be surprised to see Colon back if we make the ALCS. Colon may benefit from a bit of rest. AJ has looked good recently in the early innings of his starts, which makes him in my view the better bullpen option.