Everyday until spring training begins the "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog will review one player from the Yankees roster. We will review a total of 27 players, the 25 we believe will be on the active roster after spring training, and 2 we believe should be on the active roster but won't be for one reason or another. Our reviews are all edited by Carl Pavano himself to insure they're up to the stringent "Pavano Tough" standards.
Spring Training is upon us! If you live in the Northeast, this may come as a surprise since we have been inundated with freezing rain and snow. In any event, on to our last player review of Nick Green. This is a player who probably should make the roster but won't.
Some may remember Nick Green from 2006 when the Yankees picked him up to be a utility infielder. He was let go by the Devil Rays at the time (not a good sign) when he batted .077, but the Yankees didn't sign him for his bat. Nick Green can play second, short, and third base, and is a pretty solid defender. He's had some experience at first and in the outfield as well. He batted .240 with 2 homeruns for the Yankees in 75 at bats in 2006. He spent the majority of last season in the Mariners minor league system.
So why do I think he should be on the roster? Because I think he will be a better defensive glove than Betemit as a utility guy. Betemit is a good pinch hitter type off the bench, but do you really want him replacing Cano, Jeter, or A-Rod late in a game with groundball Wang pitching? The Yankees signed Chris Woodward, and have some minor league players who could fit the utility role, but I think Green would fit the best.
My Fearless Prediction:
Green will eventually end up on the roster, and play some decent defense while striking out too much to be used for long stretches. He will not end up on the opening day roster.
Little Know Nick Green Fact: Green used to strengthen his throwing arm by standing in the lanes of bowling alleys, picking up the bowling balls rolled to him, and throwing them to pretend first baseman near the arcade.