What the Yankees Need to do to Ensure a World Series Win
By: Kenny Velez
After the New York Yankees got eliminated by the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series, the team can look to the future to see what they need to do.
A few ways that the Yankees can improve has been evident recently.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had Tommy John Surgery after the team’s season came to an end.
The Yankees think he will be out until the middle of the 2019 season.
So, one of their priorities would be to have a shortstop who can take Gregorius’ place until he can get back-if he gets back at any point during the 2019 season.
The Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has said in the season-end press conference that the team is planning to “relocate” Sonny Gray.
He specified that Gray’s talents would be put to better use elsewhere.
Gray has not pitched well for the Yankees, especially at Yankee Stadium.
During the 2018 season, he lost his spot on the starting rotation and got moved to the bullpen.
There are other moves that they can make over the course of the offseason.
They need a first baseman, as they have a black hole at first base.
Greg Bird has been dealing with injuries for the past several seasons, and he lost his everyday spot on the team to Luke Voit, who was acquired in a trade from the Cardinals.
If Voit is just a fluke and Bird cannot find the magic again, then the team will need to get a first baseman from another team.
They also need starting pitching.
If the 2018 team had any weaknesses, it was their starting pitcher.
Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino are the only starting pitchers on the team that are signed for 2019.
Then there is CC Sabithia.
He said many times that he was considering retirement but came back in 2018 to get another chance at a World Series.
He is a free agent, so time will tell if the Yankees re-sign him.
Also, left handed pitcher Jordan Montegomery will most likely be coming back in late 2019 from Tommy John Surgery that ended his season last year.
Will he still have it as a starter, or will he be moved to the bullpen? Along with that are a bunch of rookie pitchers.
Domingo German was a starter last season, doing good initially then struggled in the first inning of his last start before being sent down to Triple A and being placed in the bullpen in September.
Justus Sheffield was a starter in Triple A Scranton Wilkes-Barre and made his Major League debut in September coming from the bullpen.
He could be a Major League starting pitcher in the future.
Gary Sanchez led the league in passed balls in 2018.
This is despite missing most of the season with a groin injury.
In an interview on “The Michael Kay Show”, Cashman has said that Sanchez will be the Yankees’ starting catcher next year, and that what he did in the postseason is more “representative” of what Sanchez is than the regular season where he struggled.
Either way, they will need to get more consistent play from Sanchez, both as a hitter and as a catcher.
Andrew McCutchen is a free agent in 2019, so the Yankees will have to decide between signing him or letting him go in hopes that they can keep their other four outfielders.
Brett Gardner saw his playing time reduced this season after McCutchen came to the team from a trade from the Giants.
There is a possibility that his option for 2019 will not be picked up.
The team has several pieces of their future in place, but they need a few more pieces in order to win a World Series in the near future.