The Yankees Offseason: What Should They Do?

It’s time to start thinking about the Yankees offseason and what they should do to improve the team. Here are some key areas that need to be addressed.

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The Yankees’ Current Situation

Yankees fans have been waiting since 2009 for their team to make it back to the World Series. They made it close in 2017, losing to the Astros in seven games. The Yankees have not made any significant changes to their roster this offseason, but they have made some under-the-radar moves. The biggest move they made was firing longtime manager Joe Girardi and hiring Aaron Boone.

The Yankees’ current roster

The New York Yankees currently have 28 players on their 40-man roster, which is full. They have six starters signed to long-term contracts, as well as CC Sabathia, who has a one-year deal. The only other player with significant major league experience is Aroldis Chapman, who is signed through 2020. The team’s top prospects are Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, and Chance Adams.

The Yankees have several needs going into the offseason. The most glaring need is starting pitching. The team’s starting rotation was 18th in the majors in ERA last season and they only have two starters (Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka) under contract for next season. They will need to sign or trade for at least two more starters this offseason.

Another need for the Yankees is powerhitting. Although the team hit a MLB-leading 241 home runs last season, they were tied for 19th in batting average (.249) and 23rd in OPS (.734). Their primary target this offseason will likely be free agent slugger Bryce Harper. Harper would fill both the powerhitting and outfield needs for the Yankees.

The final need for the Yankees is a backup catcher. Austin Romine is currently the only catcher on the 40-man roster and he is not considered an everyday player. The Yankees will likely look to sign a veteran backup catcher this offseason to spell Romine when needed and provide some stability behind the plate.

The Yankees’ payroll situation

The Yankees have a lot of payroll commitments for the 2019 season, with just over $130 million committed to six players (Ellsbury, Sabathia, Gardner, Miguel Andujar, Sonny Gray, and Aroldis Chapman). Other than those six, the only player on the 40-man roster who is arbitration-eligible is Dellin Betances. The Yankees have some difficult decisions to make this offseason.

Do they non-tender Sonny Gray and/or Dellin Betances, which would save them several million dollars? Do they trade one or more of their big-name players ( Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino) to free up some payroll space? Or do they just stand pat and hope that the young players they have can step up and fill the void?

Whichever route they decide to take, the Yankees will likely be busy this offseason.

The Yankees’ Needs

As the Yankees’ offseason begins, they have a lot of decisions to make. They need to decide what they want to do with their free agents, what trades they want to make, and who they want to target in free agency. The Yankees also need to figure out what their budget is going to be. all of these decisions will be based on what the Yankees’ needs are.

The Yankees’ needs for the 2019 season

The Yankees have a lot of needs this offseason, and they need to fill them quickly if they want to compete for a World Series title in 2019.

The most glaring need is starting pitching. The Yankees’ starting pitchers were responsible for just 28.2 percent of the team’s innings pitched last season, which was the lowest percentage in baseball. Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka are the only two reliable starters on the roster, and they can’t pitch every game.

The Yankees also need to add some power to their lineup. Giancarlo Stanton was the only player on the team with more than 20 home runs last season, and he struggled for much of the year. The Yankees need someone who can hit the ball out of the ballpark on a consistent basis, and there are a few free agents who fit that bill.

Another need for the Yankees is a shortstop. Didi Gregorius is expected to miss most of next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, so the Yankees will need someone to fill in for him. Troy Tulowitzki could be a possibility, but his health is also a concern.

The Yankees have some other needs as well, but these are the three most pressing ones. If they can address these needs, they should be in good shape for next season.

The Yankees’ needs for the 2020 season and beyond

The New York Yankees are coming off a season in which they won 103 games, the most in the American League, and lost to the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros in six games in the ALCS.

Despite their success, it’s clear that there are areas that need to be addressed if the Yankees are going to take that final step and win a 28th World Series title.

1. Starting Pitching
The Yankees need to add at least one more starting pitcher, and preferably two. They were linked to free agent Gerrit Cole throughout most of the 2019 season, but he ultimately signed with the rival Astros.

2. Infield depth
Injuries ravaged the Yankees’ infield depth in 2019, forcing them to rely on journeymen like Edwin Encarnación and DJ LeMahieu out of position. The Yankees need to add some players who can step in and play quality innings at multiple positions on the infield.

3. A left-handed reliever
The Yankees’ bullpen was one of the best in baseball in 2019, but it could use another left-handed reliever to replace Zack Britton, who is a free agent. Austin Adams and Nestor Cortes Jr. are internal options, but they would be better served as depth pieces rather than key members of the bullpen.

The Yankees’ Options

The Yankees have many options this offseason. They could sign a big name free agent, make a blockbuster trade, or just stay the course and hope that their young players develop. Whatever they decide to do, they need to be careful not to overcommit themselves financially.

Option 1: Re-signing Machado

The Yankees have been linked to free agent infielder Manny Machado since the offseason began. Machado would presumably play third base for the Yankees, with DJ LeMahieu shifting over to first. The idea of Machado in a Yankee uniform is an intriguing one, as his right-handed power would play very well in Yankee Stadium. However, there are some drawbacks to signing Machado.

First and foremost, Machado is not a great defender at third base. He has poor range and his throwing arm is below-average. In addition, Machado has a bit of a checkered past when it comes to his on-field conduct. He was suspended for five games in 2014 for kicking Brewers shortstop Jean Segura in the head; he was also suspended four games in 2016 for throwing his bat on the field. Finally, there is the question of money.Machado is reportedly seeking a contract worth $300 million or more. The Yankees may not be willing to pay that kind of money for a player with some baggage and defensive question marks.

##Option 2: Trading for Realmuto
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The other big name on the trade market this offseason is Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Realmuto is one of the best all-around catchers in baseball, as he hits for average and power and is excellent behind the plate. The Yankees have been linked to Realmuto in trade rumors for months now, but they have been reluctant to part with top prospects like Clint Frazier or Chance Adams in a deal for him.

If the Yankees are able to acquire Realmuto without giving up too much from their farm system, it would be a great move for the team. However, it remains to be seen if they will be able to make a trade work without giving up one of their top prospects.

Option 2: Signing Harper

One big-ticket item the Yankees could sign is Bryce Harper. The former MVP is only 26, and while his numbers dipped a bit this past year, he’s still one of the best young outfielders in baseball. He would immediately make the Yankees’ outfield one of the best in baseball, and his left-handed power would be a nice complement to all the right-handed power in their lineup. He would also be a huge draw at Yankee Stadium, which would only help increase revenue.

The downside to signing Harper is that it would most likely mean having to trade away one or more of their young outfielders, as there wouldn’t be enough room for all of them. And Harper will command a huge contract, which could put the Yankees over the luxury tax threshold. But if they are able to sign him without giving up too much, it could be worth it.

Option 3: Trading for Realmuto

The Yankees have been linked to J.T. Realmuto in trade rumors this offseason, and it makes a lot of sense. Realmuto is one of the best all-around players in baseball, and would immediately upgrade a position that has been a weakness for the Yankees for years.

Realmuto is under contract for two more seasons, so the Yankees wouldn’t be trading away any future value by acquiring him. And with catcher Gary Sanchez expected to miss significant time due to injury, the Yankees need an upgrade behind the plate now more than ever.

Of course, trading for Realmuto would come at a cost. The Yankees would likely have to give up one or two of their top prospects, such as outfielder Estevan Florial or pitcher Deivi Garcia. And given that Realmuto is only under contract for two more seasons, it’s possible that he would only be a rental player for the Yankees.

But if the Yankees are serious about contending for a championship in 2020, trading for Realmuto is a move they should strongly consider making.

What the Yankees Should Do

The Yankees have a lot of holes to fill this offseason. They need to find a new catcher, a few new outfielders, and some starting pitching. The Yankees also have to decide what to do with some of their own free agents, like Dellin Betances and Didi Gregorius. They have a lot of decisions to make, but we’re here to help.

The Yankees’ best option for the 2019 season

The Yankees have a lot of important decisions to make this offseason, but their best option for the 2019 season is to focus on getting younger and cheaper.

The Bombers have several veteran players who are due for big paydays, including Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray. They also have several young players who are ready to take on larger roles, like Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar.

If the Yankees can let some of their veterans go and replace them with younger, cheaper players, they’ll be in a better position to compete in 2019 and beyond.

The Yankees’ best option for the 2020 season and beyond

With all that’s going on, it’s easy to forget that baseball is still being played. The Yankees are in first place in the AL East and look like they could make a run at the World Series.

But as the great Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” And with the trade deadline looming, the Yankees need to be active if they want to solidify their chances of winning it all.

The biggest need for this team is starting pitching. Masahiro Tanaka has been solid, but he can’t do it alone. The rest of the rotation has been up and down, and with Luis Severino out for the season, they need help.

They should start by looking at Zack Greinke of the Astros. He’s a former Cy Young winner and would be a big upgrade to their rotation. He’s also familiar with the AL East, having pitched for the Yankees’ rivals, the Red Sox, earlier in his career.

Another name to keep an eye on is Madison Bumgarner of the Diamondbacks. He may not be having his best season, but he’s a proven winner who knows how to pitch in big games. He would also add some much-needed experience to a young Yankees rotation.

The bottom line is that the Yankees need to add another top-of-the-line starter if they want to win a World Series this year. And with the trade deadline approaching fast, they need to act now.

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