Battle for 1st Base – Following Mark Teixeira’s retirement, the job will be competed for during spring training by Greg Bird and Tyler Austin. Yankees also signed a Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi, who is a dark horse candidtate if the baby bombers struggle.
Starting Rotation – Who fills the backend? – Barring injuries, it is most likely that Tanaka, Sabathia and Pineda are all going to be part of the Yankees 2017 rotation to start the season. What about the final two spots? If the Yankees do not sign any more starters, we are looking at Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Adam Warren, Luis Cessa and Chad Green, My money is on Mitchell and Severino but these guys will all receive a chance.
Gary Sanchez: Superstar or Sophmore Slump: The Yankees have huge expectations from Gary Sanchez in 2017. Can he live up to the hype and what can we expect?
World Baseball Classic – Tournament begins Monday, March 6th. Didi Gregorius will play for the Netherlands. Masahiro Tanaka has turned down invitation to pitch for Japan. And then there is the Gary Sanchez dilemma. Dominican Republic Team Manager Tony Pena has already included Gary Sanchez on the roster and Sanchez has yet to tell the Yankees if he is actually playing or not. The Yankees may have reservations about their phenom potentially getting hurt, like Mark Teixeira, who sprained his wrist playing in the WBC in 2013 and ended up having surgery in what was a lost season for him.