Welcome 2011 New York Yankees!…

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…

George M. Steinbrenner Field
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…
–Scott

4 Comments

I keep reading that there’s still interest in Millwood too – maybe because he’s the only free agent pitcher left on the market! He could eat innings, no question, but I can’t say I’d be jumping for joy over his acquisition. What I AM excited about is the official start to spring training tomorrow.

http://www.janeheller.com/confessionsblog

Scott,
We both know the Re Sox Nation can do all the postering they want to thrust up a record season of over 120+ wins, but 78 of their game will be aqgainst the always tough AL East foes.
Nothing is guaranteed as Boston found out in 2010 after people basically annointed them from the start to be in the playoffs. Every team in this division made changes and soon those changes can be graded accordingly.
Going to be fun, going to be real…guess it will ultimately be real fun.

Rays Renegade
http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Red Sox look good on paper, but I like the Yankees and Rays on paper too in the AL East. This is going to be a great season!

Ron

http://strictlycubsbaseball.mlblogs.com/

It will be interesting to see how the team gels around the new components. I don’t think the Sox will be setting win records this season, even as good as they look, because I think the AL East is going to be grudge match between at least three of the of the teams up and down the rankings until the end of the season. It’s going to be fun baseball to watch and I for one am placing no bets on who’s coming out on top until we’re well into the season.
Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

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