My detailed analysis of the Yanks:
RF) Everything hinges on signing Judge. But if we fail, consider Michael Conforto, only 29. Lefty.
C) They’ll talk Yanks for Willson Contreras C 31, but not worth it. Just wait it out with Trevino. Maybe add a new backup or promote from AAA. Ben Rortvedt is an in-house option. Waiting on Austin Wells AA
1b) Rizzo is back on reasonable deal. 2x17m & 6m buyout or 17m for 3rd year.
2b) Torres Arb 2. So 2 more years. I like him at 2nd.
SS) IKF is back at only $6.1m. So solid placeholder but easy to move mid-season. Oswald Peraza in the mix & waiting on Anthony Volpe AAA from Morristown, NJ
3b) No 3rd Baseman in free agency to speak of. So hope for best with Donaldson & DJ LeMahieu who is nursing a toe injury.
LF) Stanton is in the mix of course. Then probably kids like Everson Pereira 21 & Oswaldo Cabrera 23. Probably add a veteran outfielder if move Hicks.
CF) Harrison Bader, free agent at end of year. Hopefully holding position for 19 year old Jasson Domínguez AA
Yanks are shopping Hicks & Donaldson. Hicks needs to be moved to free a Roster Spot. Yankee fans want him gone.
Donaldson is an asshole that can barely hit any more but his Defense is still excellent. Not a lot of options here, so when they fail to move him, I won’t be upset.
Starters : Cole, Cortes, Severino, Montas, German & Schmidt; maybe try and get Taillon back, but I think he’ll be very expensive at age 31. Carlos Rodon 30 is the only big name starter under 32.
Bullpen : Holmes has the closer role to lose. Then a dozen names after that. Lou Trivino already signed back at $4.1m. Michael King coming back healthy will be huge. I think we can avoid free agent closers. I don’t love any of them anyway. Edwin Díaz was the best and he already extended 5 years with the Mets.