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The Yankees could be sporting a new starting left fielder if MLB approves the Vernon Wells trade on Monday.
Roster Projected on Feb. 18
1. LHP CC Sabathia—Opening Day starter
2. RHP Hiroki Kuroda
3. LHP Andy Pettitte
4. RHP Phil Hughes
5. RHP Ivan Nova
C: Francisco Cervelli
1B: Mark Teixeira—Will start season on DL, replaced by 1B/OF Juan Rivera
2B: Robinson Cano
3B: Kevin Youkilis
SS: Derek Jeter—Expected to start season on DL, replaced by Eduardo Nunez
LF: Brett Gardner—Moves to center field in place of Granderson, replaced by Vernon Wells
CF: Curtis Granderson— Will start season on DL, replaced by Gardner
RF: Ichiro Suzuki
DH: Travis Hafner
Closer: RHP Mariano Rivera
Relief: RHP David Robertson
Relief: LHP Boone Logan
Relief: RHP Joba Chamberlain
Relief: LHP Clay Rapada— Will start season on DL, replaced by RHP Jim Miller
Relief: RHP David Aardsma
Relief: RHP David Phelps—Moves to rotation, replaced by LHP Vidal Nuno
C Chris Stewart
UTIL Juan Rivera—Moves to first base, replaced by OF Ben Francisco
IF Eduardo Nunez—Moves to starting shortstop, replaced by OF Brennan Boesch
OF Matt Diaz—Released, replaced by IF Jayson Nix
Changes to 25-Man Roster
Starting Rotation: David Phelps will step in as the No. 5 starter until Phil Hughes can work out his back issues. A bulging disk could land Hughes on the DL to start the season.
Lineup:The trade on Sunday that brought Vernon Wells to the Yankees is still pending MLB approval. If the commissioner's office approves the deal on Monday, it's assumed that Wells would take over in left field with Suzuki staying in right.
It's also been reported that Derek Jeter could begin the season on the disabled list as his left ankle is still bothering him.
Juan Rivera will help in covering first base for the injured Mark Teixeira, and GM Brian Cashman could explore external candidates as more roster cuts are made in the next week.
Brett Gardner moves over to center in place of Curtis Granderson while Ichiro Suzuki moves to left field. For now, it appears that Brennan Boesch is the answer in right field.
Bullpen: Vidal Nuno pitched in an independent league last season, but he has been outstanding for the Yankees this spring, posting an 0.68 ERA in five outings, striking out 13 batters in 13.1 innings.
Jim Miller takes over for Clay Rapada, who starts the season on the DL. Miller has been impressive as well, with a 1.93 ERA in eight spring appearances.
Bench: Ben Francisco appears to be the choice for fourth outfielder, hitting .300 with two home runs and six RBI. Diaz was released last week.
Jayson Nix takes the final infield slot, and Eduardo Nunez could be the starting shortstop if Jeter's ankle fails to heal properly in time for Opening Day.
Boesch could land the final spot on the roster if Jeter ends up on the disabled list as well.