After a pretty surprisingly good 2015 campaign the New York Yankees have a big offseason on their hands. After a predicted 3rd place spot in the AL East coming in to the season, the Yanks did a good job in the season while most of the year they were at the peak of the Division. There were some surprising names such as Alex Rodriguez and Mark Texeira (until an injury toward the end of the season), but in 2016, they will be older and unlikely to repeat they’re greatness. So that means that Brian Cashman and the Yankees have a pretty big winter ahead of them, like usual.
The GM started off already making two trades. The first sending second baseman Jose Pirela to the Padres for a Minor Leaguer. The more recent trade was acquiring Aaron Hicks, an outfielder from the Twins, for catcher John Ryan Murphy. The latter was obviously more significant, seeing two impact players being dealt one to the other. The Yanks gave away a catcher, a position they have depth in with Brian Mccan and young star Gary Sanchez. In return they received an outfielder, while they do have depth in, not as much as the catcher position. In addition Hicks is already an amazing defender and has very solid potential for the future.
The positions where the Yankees may look to improve in are: second base and starting pitcher for the most part. New York has apparently been shopping relief pitchers, but there bullpen should be strong enough with the best setup-closer duo in MLB in Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. The Yankees are unlikely to resign Stephen Drew, but it’s possible. The Yanks may look at targets such as Ben Zobrist and Daniel Murphy, or might let the young Rob Refsnyder get a chance at being the full time guy at second.
For the starters, the need is clear as every year almost, but it’s not that strong. CC Sabathia may bounce back, Masahiro Tanaka will be awesome if not injured, Ivan Nova still has one more year, and then you have Michael Pineda, who will be good. So you can add a middle-to-top of the rotation guy and the Yankees can hopefully get deep in the 2016 playoffs.