What should the Yankees do now?

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The last two weeks were a breather from the Hot Stove news, but now that the holiday’s are over, it’s time for the Yankees to get back to work. Of course, that didn’t stop them from making headlines when they made the first trade of 2015. But while the Yankees came out of the gate early, there’s still work to be done. So what do the Yankees have to do before camp opens next month?

1) Find a hitting and first base coach

Yes, the Yankees still need to find a hitting coach especially since they fired Kevin Long and Mick Kelleher back in October. Brian Cashman said he was going to work on that within the next couple of weeks so it probably won’t be long until we get an official announcement on that.

2) Bulk up the Yankees rotation

The Yankees rotation has far too many question marks for anyone’s liking: CC Sabathia‘s knee, Masahiro Tanaka‘s elbow, Michael Pineda‘s health, Chris Capuano‘s durability and Nathan Eovaldi‘s effectiveness. Would the Yankees flirt with the idea of adding one more starter to the rotation–and if so would it be a big name starter such as James Shields and Max Scherzer?

3) Get creative and make another trade

The Yankees were extremely creative in multiple trades this offseason:

— They traded Francisco Cervelli to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Justin Wilson
— They traded Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers in a three team trade to acquire Didi Gregorius.
— They traded Shawn Kelley to the San Diego Padres for Johnny Barbato.
— They traded Martin Prado and David Phelps to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones
— They traded Manny Banuelos to the Atlanta Braves for David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve

Could the Yankees pull off another creative trade and fill a hole without getting a big name from the free agent market? They did it before, they could certainly do it again.

 

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7 Responses to What should the Yankees do now?

  1. Steve says:

    Regarding trades, will the Yankees put together a deal to get Cole Hamels ?..They've added pieces that may or may not be attractive to the Phillies. Plus the fact it doesn't hurt that Hamels listed the Yankees as one of the teams he would agree to be traded…Also would the Yankees consider getting BOTH Hamels and Scherzer ?..Getting Scherzer would mean losing the 1st round pick, but they would still have the pick between rounds 1 and 2.

    Yes, there will be several attractive pitchers available next offseason (Price, Zimmerman, Cueto), but there's no guarantee those pitchers will be offered extensions and not be available.

  2. guest says:

    Release Arod and sign Hector Olivera…when starting pitching is needed made a trade after the season starts.

    • Steve says:

      I like that, releasing A-Rod and signing Hector Olivera…but don't stop there, also sign Yoan Moncado kid. Let him mature in the minors for a few years, while Olivera plays 2B.
      Then we can package Refsnyder in a trade…perhaps, for Hamels.

      • guest says:

        Olivera will play some 2B and hopefully he'll be able to play other positions…maybe like a Prado. I think Refsnyder will play a lot of 2B this year but I don't want to force 150 games on the kid. I love that Olivera spent some time as a DH last year in Cuba as that is another spot he can help with.

  3. hotdog says:

    I didn't realize we moved Shawn Kelly…Barbato seems like he has some potential…i like getting younger and I would like to see the Yankees pick up a decent prospect here and there…but it will be interesting to see what all those kids we signed in the international draft do in 2015…most of them are several years away from possibly making the team but if one or two shine, we could have a core of good young players down the line…Happy New Year!!

  4. Too bad it wasn't CC traded to Detroit instead of Greene.

  5. Balt Yank says:

    Looking at the list, Yanks traded two # 5 starters (Phelps / Greene) and one Triple A fill in starting pitcher (The Other "B") and got back relievers, prospects, and 1 starting pitcher. Concerning starting pitchers, maybe not the smartest.

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