Who should be on the Yankees 2013 roster?
Behind the plate, the Yankees have many options to go by in the free agent market. In the end, I believe were with Russell Martin (2012: .208 AVG, 16 HR, 44 RBI). Martin is not the best hitter but he is a great defensive catcher and he does have some pop in his bat. Besides, he does help the Yankees in one way or another.
The Yankees bench could consist of different (young players). We start with Eduardo Nunez (2012: .306 AVG, 0 HR, 6 RBI) who has an amazing bat. The only issue with Nunez is his defense but it seems to be improving–slowly. The Yankees could use Nunez either in DH or in SS when Derek Jeter needs a half day off. Another player who could be with the Yankees on the bench is Chris Dickerson (2012: .253 AVG, 1 HR, 3 RBI). He’s what the Yankees could use in the outfield when Swisher or Granderson could use a day-off (Gardner could just shift to CF and Dickerson goes to left). Dickerson also has timely hits and is able to swipe bases. Chris Stewart (2012: .248 AVG, 1 HR, 12 RBI) is the backup catcher for the Yankees in 2013. Now I didn’t put Francisco Cervelli because Girardi refuses to play him so we don’t how he’ll perform this year. Stewart always does something in every game which is what makes him special. Whether it be a big hit, a good throw to second or making pitchers work, Stewart is someone you would trust behind the plate. Finally, the bat that has the pop–Eric Chavez (2012: .287, 13 HR, 33 RBI). Chavez is a reserve player–but he plays third base as if he’s still in his prime. Chavez isn’t an everyday player anymore but Chavez is frankly the only one I trust to play third when A-Rod needs a DH day.
For the starting rotation of course we are going to see CC Sabathia (2012: 13-6, 3.53 ERA) and Phil Hughes (2012: 15-12, 3.96 ERA). The rest of the rotation would be somewhat of a mystery but the Yankees could have Andy Pettitte (2012: 3-3, 3.28 ERA) if he chooses to return in 2013. We also could have Hiroki Kuroda (2012: 13-10, 3.17 ERA) and young David Phelps (2012: 4-4, 3.42 ERA), the latter who has been very impressive for the Yankees this season.
For the Yankees bullpen we could see the likes of David Robertson (2012: 1-7, 2.79 ERA) moving from the 8th inning to the 7th inning. Rafael Soriano (2012: 2-1, 2.14 ERA) (in this scenario, he re-signs with the Yankees) would move from the 9th inning to the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera (2012: 1-1, 2.16 ERA) would return to the role that we are all accustom to seeing—him closing games. Other pitchers for the 2013 bullpen would be Cody Eppley (2012: 0-2, 3.67 ERA), Clay Rapada (2012: 3-0, 2.78 ERA), Boone Logan (2012: 6-2, 3.86 ERA), Joba Chamberlain (2012: 1-0, 6.28 ERA) and Cory Wade (2012: 0-1, 5.84 ERA). The Yankees could sign Freddy Garcia (2012: 7-6, 5.19 ERA) if they chose but it would strictly be for the bullpen. Garcia is no longer a starter as he could only give the Yankees 3-4 innings per game before he falls apart. I do not think Garcia’s career is over but he might have to transition from the rotation to the bullpen. Another pitcher who could be in the bullpen would be Ivan Nova (11-7, 4.91 ERA). Nova could be another long man if the Yankees fall apart and could be the first one called into the rotation should any of the starters get injured.
Now let us talk about who would not make the Yankees roster based off performance in 2013. Andruw Jones is one of them. He is not the same player that the Yankees signed and frankly, he is taking up roster space. Raul Ibanez would not get a spot on the Yankees roster but his reason is age. He is 40. He might retire after this year. Ichiro Suzuki is a great player for the Yankees but I do not see the Yankees offering a contract if the Yankees and Nick Swisher can work something out to bring Swisher back next season.
The Yankees could make changes over the winter that may look nothing like how I picture the 2013 Yankees, but that is the beauty of baseball. Everyone sees things differently. If you were the GM of the Yankees, how would you picture your 2013 roster? Put your roster in the comment section below.
Posted on September 15, 2012, in Analysis, Personal Opinion, Player Analysis and tagged Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, Andy Pettitte, Boone Logan, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chris Dickerson, Clay Rapada, Cody Eppley, Cory Wade, Curtis Granderson, David Phelps, David Robertson, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Eric Chavez, Francisco Cervelli, Freddy Garcia, hiroki kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Ivan Nova, Joba Chamberlain, Mariano Rivera, Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher, Phil hughes, Rafael Soriano, Raul Ibanez, Robinson Cano, Russell Martin. Bookmark the permalink. 157 Comments.