Quick Hit: The 2016 Yankee Roster Right Now

Nothing too overly thought out or strategic here.  Just a quick construction of next year's Opening Day roster as I would build it from the players that I know could still be under team control next year.  This means no impending free agents - so long Drew, Young, and Cap - and it assumes that the Yankees will tender offers to all their key arbitration-eligible players.  Here's how it looks: Starting Lineup:

C- Brian McCann 1B- Mark Teixeira 2B- Rob Refsnyder/Dustin Ackley SS- Didi Gregorius 3B- Chase Headley LF- Brett Gardner CF- Jacoby Ellsbury RF- Carlos Beltran DH- Alex Rodriguez


1) Masahiro Tanaka 2) Michael Pineda 3) Luis Severino 4) Nathan Eovaldi 5) CC Sabathia/Ivan Nova

Bench: John Ryan Murphy, Ackley/Refs, Brendan Ryan, Slade Heathcott

Bullpen: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Justin Wilson, Adam Warren, Chasen Shreve, Bryan Mitchell, Sabathia/Nova

Not much different from the roster that opened and closed last season.  The meat of the starting lineup, starting rotation, and bullpen is intact and there are still needs to upgrade the back ends of the pitching staff and the bench.

There's a chance of very little roster turnover from this year to next year if the front office decides to stand pat and continue to wait out their current big money contracts.  If they do decide to be active in the free agent and trade markets, however, the areas of need are as obvious as they were last offseason.