Here we are; the final week of spring training. As we head into the last few games before Opening Day, there remain few decisions that haven't already been made. Most of the players who were never seriously considered have already been cut, leaving the few remaining players who don't already have a guaranteed roster spot to battle it out in one last press to make the team. There remain a few players in Yankees camp who could still make the team, so let's take a look at who has the best chance at this point in spring.
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Just prior to Sunday's game, the Yankees optioned Bryan Mitchell and Kyle Davies to Triple-A and released Jared Burton and Scott Baker from their contracts. While Mitchell did have a small chance to make the roster in some capacity if he performed well, his poor spring made him expendable. The other three were never going to make the Opening Day roster and may never reach the majors in 2015, but it does create a much clearer view of who will be making the team now. After the game, they also sent Jacob Lindgren down, which is disappointing since he had done so well despite the lack of a clear roster spot.
All signs point to Adam Warren winning the fifth starter spot, so that means Esmil Rogers will remain in the bullpen. With Warren now in the rotation, it would mean that two bullpen spots are open for the Yankees to fill as they see fit. The two most likely candidates who are left include lefty Chasen Shreve, who has struggled to some degree, but has struck hitters out, and Chase Whitley, who has had a quietly successful spring, and has the ability to both start and relieve.
The only other reliever likely to challenge these two was Lindgren, but now that he's gone, all that remains are pitchers who have no shot at making the roster. Andrew Bailey continues to make strides after shoulder surgery, Chris Martin is likely destined for Triple-A, and Jose Campos has yet to pitch this spring. Two open spots with two quality candidates mean Shreve and Whitley should make the team after the long spring training battle.