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April 03, 2005

2005 Opening Day Roster

C - Rod Barajas
C - Sandy Alomar
1B - Mark Teixeira
1B - Adrian Gonzalez
2B - Alfonso Soriano
3B - Hank Blalock
SS - Michael Young
IF - Mark DeRosa
OF - Richard Hidalgo
OF - Kevin Mench
OF - Gary Matthews
OF - David Dellucci
OF - Chad Allen

SP - Ryan Drese
SP - Kenny Rogers
SP - Chan Ho Park
SP - Chris Young
CL - Francisco Cordero
RP - Doug Brocail
RP - Ryan Bukvich
RP - R.A. Dickey
RP - Ron Mahay
RP - Matt Riley
RP - Nick Regilio
RP - Brian Shouse

The major development is that Texas decided against a CF platoon and optioned Nix to AAA, which he skipped on his way to the Majors in 2003. Matthews ascends to everyday status; always a solid defender, he has veered between adequacy and awfulness with the bat. Matthews played well last year, but frankly, he's not my idea of a centerfielder on a team contending for a division title.

Adrian Gonzalez made the squad and becomes the regular, but not everyday, designated hitter. The likewise-lefthanded Dellucci will get his share of at-bats there and sub in the outfield. Chad Allen beat out Andre "Triple" Torres for the final bench spot. He won't stay long.

The bullpen as currently configured is a shell of last year's dominant group. Francisco's injury and Almanzar's temporary absence pushes middle relievers into setup roles and dubious qualities into middle relief. Regilio earned a brief reprieve from Oklahoma because of Almanzar's situation. Both he and Bukvich should depart to AAA once Astacio and Almanzar return.

Posted by Lucas at April 3, 2005 04:45 PM