New York Yankees 2015 Season Preview
New York Yankees Futures
Odds To Win Division: +400
Odds To Win AL Pennant: 14/1
Odds To Win World Series: 33/1
Regular Season Win Total: 81.5
Most Significant Offseason Changes
Andrew Miller, RP
Nathan Eovaldi, SP
Garrett Jones, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS
Derek Jeter, SS
David Robertson, RP
Ichiro Suzuki, OF
Brandon McCarthy, SP
They’ll Be Successful If…
The Yankees have a dominate ace in Masahiro Tanaka, a strong bullpen combination in Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, and a solid outfield. If Tanaka can be fully healthy come opening day, the Yankees have arguably the best ace in the AL East. Having posted an ERA of 2.77 and 141 stirkeouts to only 20 walks in his 20 starts last year, Tanaka was dominate in his first Major League Season. If he can stay healthy, Tanaka will be a CY Young candidate in 2015. The offseason addition of Miller and the emergence of Betances gives the Yankees a great setup/closer combination that the rest of AL should fear. Even with the departure of Ichiro Suzuki, the Yankees have good outfield core with Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran. Ellsbury has the potential to steal over 50 bases ( he stole 70 in 2009 and 52 in 2013) and hit over 40 doubles, while Gardner is a two time Fielding Bible Award winner (2010 and 2011), and Beltran has batted .300 or better three times in his career.
They’ll Be Unsuccessful If…
With Derek Jeter having retired at the end of the 2014 season, the Yankees lack leadership and a proven shortstop. With Beltran, Rodriguez, C.C Sabathia and Mark Teixeira all over the age of 34, the Yankees have an aging roster. When the 2014 season came to an end, the Yankees and Major League Baseball lost one of its most iconic players and a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer in Jeter. The success and longevity of Jeter’s career will be nearly impossible to match, and even if Didi Gregorius can produce a statistical strong season in 2015, Jeter’s leadership role cannot be duplicated by any member of the Yankee’s current roster. With over $65,000,000 in payroll tied up in Sabathia, Teixeira and Rodriguez, the Yankees will be obligated to find playing time for these declining players. Even if they can manage to move one in a trade, they most likely would have to pay much of their remaining salary.
Fantasy Bargain: Garrett Jones, 1B, DH
Keep an eye on Garrett Jones this season, as he could become one of the Yankees best hitters and a replacement for Teixeira or Rodriguez. Having had a success stretch in Pittsburgh from 2009 to 2013, posting a career best 27 home runs and 86 RBIs in 2012, look for Jones to have another success season, having moved from the pitcher friendly park in Miami to a more hitter friendly park in New York. If he gets consistent playing time a stat line of 25 doubles, 20 home runs and 80 RBIs is definitely in the realm of possibilities.
With many of the Yankees star players declining and the loss of their long time captain, the Yankees are due for their worst season in over 20 years. With a solid bullpen, outfield and an emerging ace in Tanaka, the Yankees should avoid the bottom of the AL East, but anything above a 4th place finish is unlikely.
Prediction: 4th In AL East
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