We know, its October, but the world these days always wants to look ahead and speculate what could be coming next. Thus, here is look at the New York Yankees as we peak ahead to next season.
Why the Yankees, they are the sport's biggest brand and one of the largest in all of the sports. How big you ask, if the Yankees disappeared today, that would mean MLB.com would lose essentially one-third of the total hits they get on a daily basis. That is MONSTEROUS.
For 2016, New York was 84-78, which for those betting baseball meant if you bet the Bronx Bombers every day, you were up +4.2 units for the season.
The Yankees front office at the All-Star break figured they were not going to win the division and playoffs were a long shot and traded away several quality assets to playoff contenders and really reaped outstanding potential rewards with highly thought of prospects. New York has been hanging on too long to veteran players and is in the midst of retooling while staying at least competitive. So what might the Yanks look like next season?
The Kids are More Than All Right
Middle infielders Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius are hardly kids, but by Yankees standards, they are at 26 years old. Both have played a lot of major league baseball already and have grown into very solid dependable players. They are part of the old baseball axiom of being "Strong up the middle."
With Greg Bird returning to play first base and Tyler Austin looking like a pretty good first-sacker, Joe Girardi has first base more than covered.
Of course, the late season story about manager Joe Girardi's club was the performance of catcher Gary Sanchez. The 23-year old batted .299 hit 20 home runs and has 42 RBI's, all in 53 games. More importantly, he was not the same often times lazy catcher and earned the trust of pitching staff.
There is Still Plenty of Age However
New York is still stuck with some big contracts with fading players like Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann. Most are untradeable because their paychecks do not match the output. And New York at moment does not suitable replacements in the outfield or third base to step right in.
Pitching Staff Still Needs More Arms
Other than Masahiro Tanaka, there is a whole lot of average in the New York starting staff and how that will be addressed is uncertain. With winning the division not utmost on the front office's mind, they might make a minor deal and see how some of the younger guys improve. Know this, look for GM Brian Cashman to go after free agent and former Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.
Yankees Prospects for 2017
In attempting to speculate on MLB futures odds at A+ rated Bookmaker or others, based on how New York finished, look for the Yankees to have a projected win total from 82 to 84, with more sorted out by spring training.