Girardi: “If you’re playing, you have a chance to show us something”
Here we go. It’s crunch time for the final decisions in Yankees camp, and manager Joe Girardi said that he expects to have those calls announced tomorrow. Realistically speaking, today is the final day to make impressions, since the Yankees will spend tomorrow morning and afternoon talking about who they’ll be taking with them to Houston.
“I always say, if you’re playing, you have a chance to show us something,” Girardi said. “It will probably be a long discussion tomorrow on what we feel the best fits are.”
With today’s roster moves in the books, here’s how the competition for the final spots breaks down with the decisions that Girardi and his coaches are thinking about:
Utility infielders: Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte (select two).
All three players are in the Yankees’ lineup at Bradenton this afternoon — Nunez at third base, Solarte at second base and Anna at shortstop. There’s an extra spot because Brendan Ryan will begin the season on the disabled list, but Girardi said that he believes all three of these candidates can fill in at shortstop. Nunez and Anna are on the 40-man roster, Solarte is not.
Relievers: RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Cesar Cabral, RHP Matt Daley, RHP Shane Greene, LHP Vidal Nuno, RHP David Phelps, RHP Adam Warren (select four).
Brian Cashman has said that the Yankees would like to take a second left-hander, but that it is not absolutely necessary. My sense is that it’s a coin-flip right now between Cabral and Nuno, and I went with Cabral in doing yesterday’s breakdown, but others seem to be leaning more toward Nuno. Could be. It really depends on how Girardi plans to use David Phelps and Adam Warren, both of whom are considered safe bets to make the club.
Dellin Betances has also had a strong spring and seems to have a spot, though let’s remember that he does have a Minor League option remaining. Daley got some innings last September with the big club and it’s telling that he is still hanging around; he’s not on the 40-man roster, but the Yankees have definitely been using him like a strong candidate. Greene has also impressed the coaches this spring; Girardi talked today about his power sinker.
Cabral, Phelps, Nuno, Warren and Betances are all scheduled to pitch against Pittsburgh on Thursday.
“We’re trying to (narrow it down), because people have to pack and get ready for their season,” Girardi said.