The New York Yankees are one of baseball’s biggest surprises to start the 2017 season, and fans have a lot of hopes for this club. The team was a dominant force, but every fan knows that the team is in a rebuilding phase.
The team has traded away a lot of mature players to get younger players, and we expect the team to be a real force in the league in 2019.
New York might not even make the playoffs, but they have a 42% chance to make it to the postseason as of mid-April. The odds are in the Yankees’ favor, but we have seen the Indians and Cubs struggle to start the year despite having a much more formidable roster than the Yankees.
It’s too early to bet on any team just yet.
We don’t expect the world from the club, but we did see a different trend last year. The team offloaded some big names, including Andrew Miller, Ivan Nova and Aroldis Chapman, to name a few, and getting 12 total prospects in return during the offseason.
They also traded Brian McCann for an additional set of prospects, filling the team’s farm system with one of the deepest rosters in the league.
Gary Sanchez’s performance last year shocked the American League, as he finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting. The most notable prospect for the team played just a third of the season and finished with a strong performance that no one expected.
Brian Cashman has echoed our opinion that the team is in a transition phase, but don’t expect the team to tear down their roster and rebuild again.
The Yankees have a lot of potential in the next 2 to 3 years to return to their dominance of the past. They’re also proving fans wrong, with a 22-8 record in spring training.
Sanchez is going to be a huge question mark for the team moving forward, and no one knows how his sophomore year will pan out. His performance is simply unsustainable, and we expect him to go through an adjustment period to get used to the long schedule.
We hope we’re wrong and he can keep fans at the edge of their seat all season long.
He may be a generational talent.
But it’s still way too early to put that much pressure on Sanchez.
Greg Bird’s performance to start the year has been underwhelming, and going 6 for 60 just isn’t going to cut it in the long-term. The Yankees recently placed Bird on the disabled list with an ankle bruise, and rumors are that he sustained the injury in late spring training.
Bird’s surgery kept him out of the lineup for the entire 2016 season. Fans better hope that he can stay healthy this year and return to the same level of performance we saw in the spring.
The Yankees have potential to make the postseason, but no one is really expecting them to be as good as the Cubs or Indians, which have a real shot of making it to the World Series. The club will need to keep injuries to a minimum, but to start the year, they’re now down Bird and Jacoby Ellsbury, who hurt his elbow in a loss to the Blue Jays.
If the Yankees do decide to sell at the trade deadline, they have a healthy roster of prospects that can bring pieces in. Pineda and Sabathia are both impending free agents, so it will be interesting to see how different the Yankees look after the trade deadline.
Steinbrenner may decide to sell again at the trade deadline, but we expect the team to continue to build for the future and be a much stronger force in 2019 and 2020 than they are today.