Yankees are ‘pretty close’ to finalizing Opening Day roster

TAMPA — As they entered the ultimate day of shortened spring coaching, the Yankees’ Opening Day roster was virtually set.

Supervisor Aaron Boone was not able to reveal the ultimate roster after Monday’s penultimate Grapefruit League recreation, however the newest slew of cuts earlier within the day left solely a handful of roster choices remaining, barring any last-minute trades earlier than Thursday’s Opening Day.

“We’re fairly near finalizing some issues, but additionally sort of have to let the following 24-36 hours play out,” Boone mentioned Monday afternoon.

The Yankees did make one deal after Boone spoke, buying right-handed reliever David McKay from the Rays and including him to their 40-man roster.

Earlier within the day, the Yankees had optioned pitchers Deivi Garcia and Luis Gil to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the place additionally they assigned lefty Manny Banuelos and outfielder Ender Inciarte.

The Yankees had been leaning towards carrying 16 pitchers on their 28-man roster, in response to Boone, which would depart them with a three-man bench. Two spots would go to DJ LeMahieu and backup catcher Jose Trevino, however the different might be crammed by super-utilityman Marwin Gonzalez, additional outfielder and pace menace Tim Locastro, or third baseman/left fielder Miguel Andujar. Locastro and Andujar each have an possibility left.

Aaron Boone

If Gonzalez makes the staff, — Boone wouldn’t say if he had on Monday — the Yankees would wish to open a spot on the 40-man roster. They might accomplish that by a commerce (of somebody like Andujar) or by including Stephen Ridings (again) to the massive league roster after which placing him on the 60-day injured checklist.

As for the pitching workers, left-hander JP Sears mentioned he was informed by Boone after his outing Monday that he had made the staff. He could be the 14th pitcher to safe a roster spot, leaving two potential openings for McKay, Clarke Schmidt or Ron Marinaccio. Earlier than the McKay deal, Boone mentioned Schmidt and Marinaccio had “a wonderful shot” to interrupt camp with the staff.

Garcia put collectively a case to make the staff in a long-relief function with a robust spring after a brutal 2021, however as a substitute will hold stretching out as a starter in Triple-A. This spring, he allowed only one run in 5 innings, whereas placing out two and strolling none together with his fastball velocity bumping as much as 95-96 mph. He and Gil will possible nonetheless be counted on for innings with the Yankees this season.

“We put so much into Opening Day, however that stuff can change in a rush,” Boone mentioned. “The underside line is Deivi Garcia is in a approach higher place proper now than my notion of what we’d have seen 4 weeks in the past. However credit score to him for — and I informed him this — going by a tough season, going through adversity and attending to work on it.”

Marwin Gonzalez
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Banuelos, the previous prime prospect, additionally opened eyes in camp however his case was damage by not being on the 40-man roster.

“Manny got here in, not absolutely on the radar with us, and in every little thing he did, he carried out nicely,” Boone mentioned. “As I informed him, he might be a man that we might very simply attain to early within the season.”

Inciarte, in the meantime, can refuse his task to Triple-A, however Boone was hopeful he would settle for it after exhibiting he was wholesome in camp.

— Extra reporting by Dan Martin

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