It’s been a combination of both a long and a short winter and now “spring” is officially upon us as Yankees pitchers and catchers report to Tampa on Monday…
There are many questions to be answered in training camp, and it remains to be seen who will fill the last two spots in the starting rotation. The bench will look different with Andruw Jones in for Marcus Thames who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a potential role for former Oakland A’s great Eric Chavez.
With Jorge Posada now the full-time DH, the catching position be headed up by Russell Martin but it’s anybody’s guess who will back him up (Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, or Austin Romine?). I do think now is the time for Montero but if the Yankees decide to break camp with him on the major league roster, what does that mean for Cervelli?
I am intrigued by the Yankees potential interest in pitcher Kevin Millwood. I keep hearing stories that he’s about ready to sign with the Cleveland Indians, then stories surface about the Yankees interest. As a player in the latter stages of his career, I’d think that winning starts to become an overwhelming factor so I’d have to believe that if all things are equal, the Yankees would be more attractive to Millwood than the Indians. Nothing against the Indians, but I do not see them contending for the World Series this year.
The Boston Red Sox still have the best team on paper and a signing of someone like Millwood is not going to change that fact. But I am still not going to concede the AL East or the World Series to the Red Sox just yet. I want to see what the Yankees roster looks like on July 31, 2011, and where they are in the AL East standings. This season is going to be a battle, but I wouldn’t want it any other way…