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Clay Rapada will land a lefty-reliever role with the Yankees in 2012
Of all the spots on the 25-man opening day New York Yankee roster, the most unpredictable spot could be that being battled for by Clay Rapada and Cesar Cabral.
Joe Girardi has stated that there is a decent chance the Yankees will carry a second left handed reliever on the roster (the first lefty spot going to Boone Logan). That narrows the choice to either the 31-year-old Rapada or the 23-year-old Cabral.
While Cabral's upside may be higher, Girardi likes the fact that they already know what they are getting from Rapada. The manager also indicated that Clay's ability to change his arm angles makes it tough for left handed hitters.
This spring both pitchers have excelled as Cabral has struck out 12 in 10.1 innings with a 1.74 ERA, and Rapada has struck out 11 in 8.1 innings with a 0.00 ERA.
If the choice was up to this author, the youngster Cabral would be part of the 25 man roster because of his higher upside but, the Yankees have shown that they prefer the established pitchers that have little or no unknowns. That is why I am predicting that Clay Rapada will travel with the team to Tampa for opening day.