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.