2016 New York Yankees: 3 Major Questions

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Source: Brian Kersey/Getty Images North America)

2. Will Brett Gardner be the Yankees starting Left Fielder come Opening Day?

There have been rumors throughout the offseason – albeit quiet – that the Yankees are willing to part with Brett Gardner to improve their pitching staff. Gardner became even more expandable this offseason when the Yankees acquired Aaron Hicks from the Twins for John Ryan Murphy. With all the question marks surrounding the Yankees pitching staff, it would be wise to add to their depth in that area. The Yankees could potentially deal Gardner in a package to the Indians – for Carrasco or Salazar – or to the Padres – for Tyson Ross or Andrew Cashner. At this point it looks like the Yankees are planning to enter the 2016 season with Gardner as their starting left fielder and hope that their rotation can stay healthy.

3 Responses

  1. tillzen

    The Yankees were (and are) a success for the Steinbrenners only. This new economic “normal” lures 3 million enablers through the gates but on the field we can only win through luck instead of by design. We continue to groom players in the minors as if they are gold but then we give them only 20, 40 or less than 80 games to find their way when called up. We repeat failures expecting different results instead of having a genuine plan (like the Cardinals). They too groom players but they give their kids the time to fly or fail prior to moving them. The “Core 4” each had setbacks but with Steinbrenner suspended we were gifted just enough time to let greatness become. We the older (get-offa-my-lawn) crowd won just enough championships to put up with this current failure but I feel bad for younger fans who have to hope for luck if ever the profitable Yankees will return to on the field riches.

    • Kevin Davis

      you are totally correct. Hal is playing the fans for suckers content to rely on just being competitive while stating publicly he is committed to building a champion. If we lose he will spin it as “but we were in it” If we get lucky ( which is the only way we will win) Hal will claim to have drawn it up this way! If WE suckers keep coming he will continue HIS “winning” strategy

      • tillzen

        Right on Kevin! Empires rarely adapt their ossified culture to times “a changin’ ” unless pushed. The good news is that even if we never win another championship, their 27 and my 7 are plenty. Now the Knicks … that’s another story .

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