Originally, I am planning on writing my latest projected 2009 Yankees 25 man roster on opening day. I find out my prediction for 2009 Roster on December 6th around winter meeting amazingly closes to latest projected one I am going to post. I explained why I predict this 25 man roster on comment section, If you are interested, please use link to read them.
This is my post on December 6th,
1. Yankees will sign two free agent starting pitchers to go with Pettitte. Hopefully, The rotation(5) will be as follow,
Hughes, Kennedy or Aceves wait on AAA
Aceves or Giese as a long man or spot starter in the bullpen
2. Yankees sign one impact bat to protect A-Rod. Someone has to sit on the bench. Hopefully, the lineup(9) will be as follow,
3. Bullpen(7) is set as follows,
Aceves/ Giese(Long man/spot starter)
Even though Yankees surprises me by signing Teixeira instead of Manny and A-Rod's hip injury comes out of nowhere, I still come very close to my latest projected 2009 Yankees 25 man roster on Opening Day.
*I have heard and read many different analysis of putting Jeter on leadoff spot and Damon on second slot. However, I don't see the big difference between Jeter on leadoff spot and Damon on leadoff spot because both are all capable of hitting at either spot and only time Jeter will lead off may be the first inning of the ball game. As long as both players feel comfortable of switching spot, I have no problem with that.
*When you choose utility infielder for Yankees, you don't need to choose one who "may" hit more with a bad glove because he is not going to get many at bat. Pena plays great defense with speed and upside.
*When all said and done, I believe Swisher should help us a lot and get pretty playing time.