The first edition of this offseason space filler series was in October, the second came in mid-December, so it's about time to check in on what the Yankees' projected Opening Day roster looks like heading into the start of Spring Training. Not much has changed on the position player front. The majority of those jobs have been claimed for a while now. But the last big trade definitely shook up the bullpen a bit, and in a good way. Starting Lineup:
The only difference between December and now is the addition of Torreyes for Greg Bird. My Bird choice there was always a stretch, but at the time there wasn't a good utility option on the 40-man roster and that has changed with Torreyes. Adding Chapman to the bullpen slid everybody down a notch, bumping Jacob Lindgren from the projected 7-man 'pen. Somehow I don't see Joe carrying 4 left-handed relievers on Opening Day, even if all 4 of them are capable of getting right-handed hitters out.
There aren't too many roster spots up for grabs heading into camp, at least that's what it seems like when everybody is healthy. We'll see how the spring progresses, which fringe guys perform well and get themselves some more consideration, and how the rotation arms look as they prepare for another long haul. I think that will be the ultimate determining factor for the last few roster spots.