It's finally here.
It took a long month of spring workouts and practice games, but Opening Day is finally here. As a result, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and his coaching staff had to finalize the 25-man roster that will make the trip to Houston to take on the Astros during the first series of the season.
There was a lot to take from this year's spring camp. With new faces aplenty, the Yankees figure to be one of the more interesting teams this season. In terms of new talent, the Yankees look like the same team that won the 2009 World Series after spending boatloads of money that offseason.
Injuries and other uncontrollable factors—such as each player's age—will obviously work to counteract some of the moves.
This team has potential, however, and it will look to get the ball rolling April 1 against Houston. Given that the Yankees will be fresh out of camp, look for more contributors than usual. Some veterans and pitchers still aren't at full strength, so look for some others to step up.
The final roster was full of snubs and surprises, and we'll take a look at them here. We'll also give grades to every player on the roster based on spring numbers. This is pretty much everything you need to know about the team's Opening Day roster.