Yankees Release 2020 Opening Day 30-Man Roster

(via Yankees)

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.

Position Players:

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.


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  1. brian m

    16 team postseason has been confirmed.

    I wonder if you created a team from the Yankees’ bench/alternate site team, would that team be good enough to make the new playoffs? I am leaning towards yes.

  2. JG (Ben Francisco)

    Seems fine, don’t really have to make hard choices with the expanded roster now.

  3. Gerreddardit Cole

    Breaking news: Juan Soto has covid-19 and will miss the series! Hopefully he makes a speedy recovery after this series. We now have a chance to beat the Nats. I like the roster except for the snub of Monty. It would have meant a lot to the kid to be on the opening day roster after working back from TJS. I know he’ll be up in a few days but they didn’t need all these relievers with the 3 batter minimum and a day off Friday.

  4. MikeD

    We can almost add: If every team can stay healthy this year (a big if)…

    The virus will be a challenge.

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