1. Will the Yankees stay healthy?
The biggest question coming into the past few seasons for the Yankees have been about health. It is no secret that the Yankees are led by older players who often find themselves on the disabled list. And the Yankees have a few players who, despite being under thirty, have major injury concerns – most notably Mashiro Tanaka. Looking at the position players, the Yankees need both Mark Teixeira – who had his season prematurely ended due to a fractured leg – and Alex Rodriguez to stay healthy. There would be very minimal power in the Yankees lineup if they have to be without Teixeira and/or Rodirguez. It is critical they both stay healthy for the Yankees to be successful. Jacoby Ellsbury is another position player who has consistently found himself on the disabled list throughout his career.
Moreover, the Yankees pitching staff is full of question marks. Mashiro Tanaka’s health will always be a concern due to his partially torn UCL, Michael Pineda has dealt with shoulder injuries his entire career, Nathan Eovaldi had his 2015 campaign ended early due to a forearm strain, CC Sabathia has been dealing with off the field issues related to a drinking problem, and Nova returned in the middle of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The only starter on the Yankees who has not dealt with any major injuries is Luis Severino. The Yankees really need at least three of the other pitchers to avoid the disabled list if they want to stay in the AL East race for the entirety of the season