The Future of the New York Yankees

            So I’ve been a New York Yankees fan all my life. Ever since I moved to New Jersey when I was 6, something about the Yankees drew me in. It was probably their winning ways and the large, unshakable fan base they had every game in the Bronx or across the U.S. For 14 years, I’ve seen a lot of players come and go from the clubhouse. From Tino Martinez, Aaron Boone, Andy Pettite, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Jason Giambi, my favorite player Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and the list goes on. But, let’s talk about 2016.

The Yankees are 60-57 in the American League East and trail the first place Toronto Blue Jays by 6.5 games and are five games back in the wild card to the Baltimore Orioles. A little after the All Star break and before the trade deadline, the Yankees front office made moves that were not familiar to Yankee fans and it took me by a pleasant surprise. After trading away Carlos Beltran, arguably the best hitter for the Yankees this season, I knew that the season was a bust and we had waved the white flag. They gave away Andrew Miller as well which did not receive a good response from the deadly right hander in the bullpen for the Yankees, Dellin Betances. They also gave Aroldis Chapman that the Yankees acquired from the Reds last offseason to the Cubs, but when looking into the deal, it seems as though the Cubs rented Chapman to make a World Series run for this season and Chapman will be back in pinstripes at the start of next year. Such big names sold and not bought? That’s right. The New York Yankees are making positive moves for the future. The Yankees farm system went from having malnourished chickens and pigs to muscular horses and cows.

So what’s next? Well, when looking at the roster now and all of the prospects coming in, it’s hard not to be happy for the future. Although it will be a tough few years for Yankee fans, the road to glory is being repaved by Brian Cashman. Just last weekend the new prospects Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge made MLB history by being the first rookies to hit back-to-back homeruns in their respective first at-bats in the big leagues. After watching an emotional press conference from Mark Teixeira retiring after this year, who might not have had a great season with the bat but flashed his gold glove potential, Yankee fans will be happy to hear about the resurged Greg Bird getting healthier for next year. The 2017 roster might include Clint Frazier, a surprise prospect now well-known because of being on the Yankees, Gary Sanchez, a catching prospect, Austin Romine, another catching prospect.

The Yankees need to be patient. They have Didi Gregorius who has done all he can to replace the legendary Derek Jeter, Starlin Castro who has proved to be a good asset to the team, veterans Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury out on the outfield, and a potential stud in Aaron Hicks who some claim might be the next Jackie Bradley Jr. The Yankees can focus on pitching now. Their starting rotation has been struggling however, there is hope. If CC Sabathia is indeed done after his contract ends in 2017, the Yankees can start molding aces around the ace Masahiro Tanaka, who although hasn’t been the best pitcher he could be, has held his own despite a struggling Yankee team.

By 2019, the Yankees could have their eyes set on three superstars that will hit their prime. Their names? Jose Fernandez. Bryce Harper. Manny Machado.

Thank you guys so much for reading this article. If you have any comments or anything else you’d like to ask or share about the Yankees or any of the players I have mentioned or about baseball in general, leave it in the comment section and I will get back to you. 

Published by Luke Lee