Nick Burdi, Clayton Beeter

The New York Yankees are just hours away from an opening-day matchup against arch-rivals the Houston Astros. However, due to incessant injuries to the club over the past week, manager Aaron Boone has been unable to finalize a complete and balanced roster.

That being said, after an underwhelming Mexico trip, Aaron Boone has hinted at a potential bullpen roster that would likely make it to the opening day, barring any last-minute trades or free-agency acquisitions. Two key spring performers have bagged the final two sports on the roster. But the question is, will they succeed in keeping it?


Nick Burdi, Clayton Beeter Awarded Bullpen Spots Temporarily!

The New York Yankees acquired minor-league right-hander Clayton Beeter last week from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Joey Gallo. NJ Media

With opening day fast approaching, the New York Yankees have made significant decisions regarding the makeup of their pitching staff. Manager Aaron Boone was relieved that relief pitchers Nick Burdi and Clayton Beeter would be filling up the final two bullpen spots on the roster. The duo impressed heavily in the spring session, and due to the absence of Tommy Kahnle, additional temporary roster spots opened up for these two. Dennis Santana was reportedly also in the mix. But would have to wait for his opportunity this time around. Speaking of Beeter, the pitcher was impressed with his poise and maturity on the mound. He was highly touted for his aggressive pitches on the mound and was expected to have a stellar spring, which he did.

On the other hand, Nick Burdi, a hard-throwing right-hander, has impressed New York Yankees’ management throughout Spring Training with his electric stuff and improved command. The reliever has battled injuries in recent years. But he has shown flashes of his immense potential when he is healthy. Having said that, while Burdi and Beeter have secured spots in the Yankees’ bullpen for now, their roster spots are far from guaranteed throughout the entire season. As and when the dynamics change and top relievers get healthy, the duo would have to pave the way. Regardless, the future is still uncertain. But what’s guaranteed is Nick Burdi and Clayton Beeter’s bullpen spots on the Bronx Bombers opening day roster. It’s important that both relief pitchers seize this opportunity to leave a meaningful impact on the mound.

Jahmai Jones & Ben Rortvedt Remain In Contention For Yankees Opening Day Slots!

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As Aaron Boone contemplates the opening day roster, Jahmai Jones and Ben Rortvedt are likely in contention for the opening day roster, as speculated by MLB insider Bryan Hoch. Rortvedt caught for ace Gerrit Cole last year and left a strong impression. However, the lack of offensive power led to his demotion. Regardless, Ben will serve as backup catcher to Jose Trevino and Austin Wells this year.

In addition, veteran infielder Jahmai Jones is also in contention after injury to third baseman DJ LeMahieu. Jones has showcased his ability to play multiple positions in the infield, thus providing valuable depth and flexibility for the team. With LeMahieu’s future uncertain, Jahmai Jones can come off the bench to fill the gap on any given day. Ultimately, the decisions regarding Jahmai Jones and Ben Rortvedt’s inclusion on the opening day roster lie with skipper Aaron Boone.

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