Offseason Roster Update: 11/24/14

Two months ago, before the regular season even ended, I looked ahead to the 2015 Opening Day roster and what it would look like were it comprised of only players who were guaranteed a 40-man roster spot at the time.  The exercise illustrated how much work the Yankees had to do this offseason, with almost every roster area showing some kind of weakness.  Now 2 months later, the regular season and postseason have ended, the offseason is in full swing, and not much has changed.  The Yankees made some 40-man roster changes last week, but not any that would seriously help next year's team.  Today's 2015 Opening Day roster would only be slightly better than September's. C- Brian McCann 1B- Mark Teixeira 2B- Martin Prado SS- Brendan Ryan 3B- Alex Rodriguez LF- Brett Gardner CF- Jacoby Ellsbury RF- Chris Young DH- Carlos Beltran

SP- Masahiro Tanaka SP- Michael Pineda SP- CC Sabathia SP- Shane Greene SP- David Phelps

Bullpen- Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley, Adam Warren, Justin Wilson, Preston Claiborne, Jose Ramirez, Jose De Paula

Bench- John Ryan Murphy, Jose Pirela, Ramon Flores, Eury Perez

The only new face in the lineup is the only new face the Yankees have added to their group of position players so far, and Young really only gets in because of the lack of infield depth.  The Yankees have indicated that they're planning on using Beltran as the regular right fielder and A-Rod more as the DH, but they couldn't afford to do that as presently constructed because it would leave them without a bench infielder.  The pursuits for new players at third and short have proven fruitless so far, but they remain the most important targets.

No change in the rotation and not much at the front end of the bullpen.  The middle and back ends have been beefed up a tick with the additions of Wilson and De Paula, although I think it's highly unlikely that De Paula sticks around until Opening Day.

The current bench is... young?  Prospect-filled?  Not fear-inducing?  There would be some speed and some good defense here and there, but this group would not give Joe a lot of late-game pinch hitting options should the situation call for it.  Wouldn't look nearly as bad with Young in there for Perez.

There's clearly still lots to be done, and with some players signing this week it's time for Cash and Co. to get moving and get some guys signed in the next month.  This roster right now could barely compete to stay above .500, let alone compete for a playoff spot.