If the Yankees had to open today, this is what looks to be the most likely 25-man roster:
PITCHERS (11) -- Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, Shawn Chacon, Carl Pavano, Chien Ming-wang, Mariano Rivera, Tanyon Sturtze, Aaron Small, Jaret Wright, Wayne Franklin, Colter Bean
CATCHERS (2) -- Jorge Posada, Wil Nieves
INFIELDERS (7) -- Jason Giambi, Andy Phillips, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Tony Womack, Felix Escalona
OUTFIELDERS (5) -- Hideki Matsui, Bubba Crosby, Gary Sheffield, Melky Cabrera, Kevin Reese
Now, the bullpen does need help, but it seems to me that an everyday lineup that features both Bubba Crosby and Andy Phillips is very weak. You might be able to get away with one, but not both. Since the CF hunt seems to be stymied, how about looking into someone like Paul Konerko?
And the OF reserves are both weak for a contenders and too young for the role. These guys need to be playing in AAA. This is one reason we need to re-sign Bernie.
Backup catcher also needs to be addressed. If Flaherty moves on, how about Gary Bennett from the Nationals? He's a nice righty-hitting catcher who can play 50-60 games competently, a pretty good handler of pitchers, and he hits enough.
I just wish Brian would get moving.