Last season, the New York Yankees broke a two-year post season drought, yet lost in the Wild Card round to the Houston Astros. In 2016, not content on just reaching the playoffs, the Yankees will be fighting for their 28th World Series title. Instead of the Yankees standard of doling out large contracts, GM Brian Cashman changed it up this offseason and turned to the trade market to elevate their roster. New York acquired 26 year-old Starlin Castro from the Cubs at second base along with reliever Aroldis Chapman who they snagged from the Reds in late-December. The Yankees pitching rotation will remain the same as 2015, led by ace Masahiro Tanaka who despite missing almost six weeks with wrist and forearm injuries, produced nicely last season. Tanaka is followed by second-year right-hander Luis Severino who impressed as a rookie and should continue to improve this year. Nathan Eovoldi, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia will round out the rest of the rotation and if healthy should all contribute nicely. New York’s bullpen will be Chapman, joined by Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller who combine as a punishing trio. Chapman’s presence should make up for the loss of Justin Wilson and Adam Warren who were casualties of free agency. Given the rough job of taking over for Derek Jeter at shortstop, Didi Gregorius played solid defense last season and his bat recovered from a shaky start to end with decent numbers. His double play mate will be Castro at second while first baseman Mark Teixeira should be good to go in 2016 after battling injuries for the past two seasons. Chase Headley will return in a Yankee uniform for his second full season at third base. In the outfield, left fielder Brett Gardner, despite a slump at the end of the season, earned his first All Star nod in 2015.
He and center fielder Jacob Ellsbury need step it up along with the aging Carlos Beltran to give them a chance at the post season.
An AL East title is certainly within the realm of possibility for the 2016 Yankees. Fans should be sure to secure your New York Yankees tickets early so you don’t miss out on this talented roster in action all summer long.
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