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Yankees Projected Starting Lineup 2017 - Gleyber Torres to 2B? Trades?

Yankees Projected Starting Lineup 2017 - Gleyber Torres to 2B? Trades?

Nov 16, 2016

With Spring Training several months away, the Yankees lineup for 2017 is unclear. GM Brian Cashman is clearly exploring all avenues to improve the roster, so why not get in on the fun? Before presenting an educated projection of what the Yankees roster will look like by mid-season, here are the steps I believe the Yankees will take to shape their roster

1) Trades: 

Yankees trade Brian McCann, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley for pitching prospects, maybe 1-2 major league ready assets. Jorge Mateo is another potential trade chip, but his value is down and I'd recommend against that

2) Free Agents:

FA Aroldis Chapman

Starting pitchers are scarce in this 2016-17 free agent class, and Cashman does not want to overspend on average talent. As such, the Yankees will focus on the bullpen, and focus on trades to acquire SP depth

3) Prospects Given a Path to the Majors:

The Yankees made trades in 2016 to give themselves a team for the future. The following prospects will become mainstays in the Yankees lineup assuming they stay healthy

SP James Kaprielian
SP Justus Sheffield
SP Chance Adams
OF Clint Frazier
IF Gleyber Torres

Mid-2017 Yankees Roster Projection:

C: Gary Sanchez, backup Austin Romine
1B: Greg Bird, backup Tyler Austin & Rob Refsnyder
2B: Gleyber Torres, backup Rob Refsnyder
SS: Didi Gregorius, backup Gleyber Torres
3B: Starlin Castro, backup Ronald Torreyes
LF: Clint Frazier, backup Aaron Hicks 
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury,
 backup Mason Williams 
RF: Aaron Judge,
backup Aaron Hicks
DH: Aaron Hicks, Tyler Austin, Rob Refsnyder, Austin Romine (Rotation)

SP: Masahiro Tanaka
SP: Michael Pineda
SP: CC Sabathia
SP: Luis Severino
SP: Chance Adams

Next in line: James Kaprielian, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell

RP: Justus Sheffield
RP: Adam Warren
RP: Tyler Clippard
RP: Dellin Betances
CL: Aroldis Chapman

Rather than the Yankees look to trade their prospects for aging veterans, this projection assumes that the Yankees will continue to build from within and allow their young players to develop on the MLB level. While injuries will likely alter the landscape, this would be a great result that Yankee fans can get behind.


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