New York Yankees


The youth movement for the Yankees has arrived quicker than expected and big things are expected again.After winning 100 games in the regular-season in 2018, the Yankees ultimately fell short in the ALDS to the eventual champion Boston Red Sox. This year the young core is back and along with some new additions, the Yankees are aiming for their first AL East title since 2012 and a 28th World Series Championship.
Team MVP: Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge hit 27 homers and seemed likely to approach the 52 he hit as a rookie before fracturing his wrist on July 27 against Kansas City. With a full season of health, Judge should be back to some of the numbers he produced as a rookie.

Best-Value Pitcher: Luis Severino
Assuming nothing is seriously wrong with Luis Severino and he pitches like he did most of last season, the Yankees are in a favorable situation financially-wise with the right-hander. Before getting hurt, the Yankees signed Severino to a four-year, $40 million extension that could max out at about $55 million.
Severino was electrifying in the first half of last season before cooling off in the summer and faltering in the postseason. He possesses one of the hardest fastballs in the game and recent changes to his diet should contribute to his performance assuming the shoulder injury is nothing serious.
Best-Value Position Player: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar
The Yankees have over $300 million invested in Giancarlo Stanton, but for the most part, their rest of the lineup is filled with young and cheap talent since Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar are not yet in their arbitration years.
Judge and Sanchez have produced their share of productive moments and last year so did Torres and Andujar. Torres hit 24 homers and drove in 77 runs in 123 games while Andujar hit 27 homers, 47 doubles and drove in 92 runs in 149 games after joining the team early on. Both players are thought of so highly that there's no reason not to expect similar showings as the plate from the young duo.
Best Addition: James Paxton
The depth of the rotation is a question mark with early injuries to Luis Severino and CC Sabathia. It might be more of a question mark if James Paxton was not acquired from the Seattle Mariners. Paxton set career highs in most categories last season and assuming he stays healthy, it is possible he might exceed those this year.
The Yankees will have two more years of team control with Paxton, who has a no-hitter and a 16-strikeout game on his resume. Paxton earned a raise to approximately $8.5 million in arbitration during the offseason and could be among the best value starting pitchers in the game.
The X-Factor: Gary Sanchez
The Yankees are hoping last year's disastrous campaign was merely an aberration for Gary Sanchez. While they often cited his tough luck on many at-bats, the numbers are what they are and it was rather ugly with a .186 batting average, 18 homers, and 53 RBIs in 89 games
Compounding matters were his issues with passed balls. Sanchez was not fully healthy last season with groin and shoulder issues but if he is this year, it would not be unreasonable to expect him to return to some semblance of his 2017 form


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