Key decisions following ALCS heartbreak


After the Red Sox of Yankees was removed from the ALDS a year ago, general manager Brian Cashman summarized the season in this way: “We wish teams have not forgotten. And the only way to do this is the last team that stands and takes the championship flag. ”

They came up briefly again this season, which left two short winners in the World Series. Now, the process of preparing for 2020 begins, when the Yankees will continue to achieve their tape since 2009.

No matter what they do, the team will look different and will have to make decisions about some free agents. Here's a look at what they could do:

Dellin Betances

It appeared that the right person was in line with a profitable, multi-annual discussion when he received a one-year spring training for the first free agency. But instead of other minority colleagues like current colleague Adam Ottavino and former colleague David Robertson, Betances had a very unfortunate season to establish his free agency. Betances suffered lat during the spring with proper shoulder surrender. He finally returned on September 15 and looked at his own old man in Toronto's appearance, but suffered a Achilles injury as he left the mound, finishing his seasons. Figures promised to be able to avoid surgery, but it is still far more than a question mark on the market than it would be if it remained healthy.

Aroldis Chapman

Chapman can reject this season from the last two years of his contract. He is owed $ 30 million and despite the tributes he gave to Jose Altuve in the ALCS, he left the left a great year. It can be able to get more years and money if it decides to be a free agent, but the free agent market for reliefers can be tough and Chapman 32 turns in February and is have dealt with injuries in the past.

Edwin Encarnacion

Encarnacion had an interesting period with the Yankees. He was an absolute force at times and he suffered two important injuries – broken wrist and oblique crushed. When he was healthy, there was also a margin with Encarnacion as was by the Yankees, but he had awful postseason after he returned from injury. After a shaky series against the Leaders in the ALDS, Encarnacion went 1-for-18 with 11 strikes in the ALCS against the Astros. Encarnacion is due $ 20 million next season, but the Yankees could buy it out for $ 5 million and they already have a lot of right-handed power.

Brett Gardner

Gardner enters the season in the same way as he came last year: Not knowing his future. He went back to the Bronx this season and when he came to spring training, Gardner didn't even know what role he would have. But when other field injuries like Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hurt – not to mention Jacoby Ellsbury – Gardner had a best season in the years. It was one of the single bats left in their lineup. With Sabathia CC retiring, Gardner's presence in the clubhouse could make more progress if he were to return.

Cory Gearrin

The beggar did not do the postseason roster, but it was seen in 18 games after he arrived from Seattle.

Didi Gregorius

The shortstop admitted that he had no idea what you would expect after the end of the season. Coming out in October, Tommy John, surgery, Gregorius returned in June, but he had the most productive season at the plate from the first year with the Yankees in 2015. He played short -stampa solid, but he never got rhythm at the plate. That these figures cost him this season and that he could go back into the Bronx. The Yankees could slide Torres Gleyber to slide if they decide to let Gregorius signal elsewhere, but Torres wouldn't fit naturally, so they might have another free agent to get to the Gregorius's presence.

Cameron Maybin

Much of the acquisition of Maybin, which was in minors with Cleveland was not made when Yankees forced injury forced a cashman to get a replacement quickly. Maybin was excellent for the Yankees after his arrival, but he was worried by a left hand injury the second part of the season.

Austin Romine

The backup catcher has long been a respected clubhouse presence and was productive at the plate. Still, Roman figures could be able to find a perennial deal somewhere and the Yankees could choose the cheapest way and Kyle Higashioka to use as Gary Sanchez complements.

CC Sabathia

Effectively destroyed any idea that the mind could change and come back for another season when he suffered a separated shoulder while he had gone out of the ban on the Astros in the ALCS.



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