The New York Yankees have been making moves to make the roster better for 100 years, but there are some recent moves that the Yankees probably wish they could reverse.
Nobody is going to cry about the New York Yankees’ lack of talent on the roster. They will always have one of the highest payrolls and they have a seemingly never-ending run of prospects to trade for stars. Right now, the Yankees have the second-best odds to win the 2021 World Series. They have an outfield of Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Aaron Hicks. The infield has stars in Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, DJ LeMahieu, and Gary Sanchez (well, at least he used to be a star). The pitching staff already has Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, a returning Luis Severino, and a young Deivi Garcia.
There are still holes on this roster. The back end of the rotation could use some work, especially if Severino isn’t ready to go on day one. The bullpen could use another arm or two. Then, maybe adding another player on the bench in case there’s an injury.
The Yankees have been hurt in the playoffs by cold streaks in the batting order. They could not take advantage of Stanton’s huge run because Judge and Gio Urshela fell off a map. It’s really hard to take either of them out of the lineup, but Aaron Boone would do better with the decision if he had a really good player sitting on the bench.
The Yankees once again failed in the playoffs. It has now been 11 years since the team that rules the Bronx has taken home baseball’s biggest prize. They haven’t even won the American League pennant since 2009. Maybe adding a few former stars could help the Yankees get back to the promised land.