Opening Day now feels official: we have the Yanks’ 30-man roster. Remember, teams will carry 30 players for the first two weeks of the season. After that, it will pare back to 28 before being limited to 26 two weeks after that. There’s also 30 other additional players on the 60-man. Those players are located at the satellite camp in Pennsylvania.
So, in other words, this is just the start of roster maneuvering. There will be much more of this in the weeks to come. Anyway, we have the roster for the first two weeks and there aren’t many surprises. Here it is in all its glory.
Miguel Andújar (INF/OF), Thairo Estrada, (INF), Mike Ford, (INF), Clint Frazier (OF), Brett Gardner (OF), Aaron Hicks (OF), Kyle Higashioka (C), Chris Ianetta, (C), Aaron Judge (OF), DJ LeMahieu (INF), Gary Sánchez (C), Giancarlo Stanton (OF), Mike Tauchman, (OF), Gleyber Torres (INF), Gio Urshela (INF), Luke Voit (INF), and Tyler Wade (INF/OF).
Luis Avalán (LHP), Zack Britton (LHP), Gerrit Cole (RHP), Chad Green (RHP), David Hale (RHP), J.A. Happ (LHP), Ben Heller (RHP), Jonathan Holder (RHP), Tommy Kahnle (RHP), Michael King (RHP), Jonathan Loasigia (RHP), Adam Ottavino (RHP), and James Paxton (LHP).
As I said, no surprises there. The Yanks are carrying 13 pitchers (4 LHP) and 17 position players. Exactly as we’d expected. There are 14 new players from last year’s Opening Day roster. We’ll see what happens when the rosters get pared back — Avalán and one of Wade/Estrada feel like early cut candidates — but we’ll see.
The important thing to remember here is that this is one of the deepest, most complete rosters in MLB right now — and it doesn’t even feature Aroldis Chapman or even Luis Cessa. If the Yankees can stay healthy this year (a big if), they will be poised to make a serious run at World Series title number 28. This roster is just the latest indication of that.