3. How will the Yankees new acquisitions fit in?
As mentioned, the Yankees acquired Aaron Hicks, Starlin Castro, and Aroldis Chapman in three separate deals this offseason. Aaron Hicks role with the Yankees remains unclear – although at this point it appears he will be their fourth outfielder who can fill in for Gardner, Ellsbury, or Beltran on any given day. Hicks also provides depth to their outfield in the event that one of their starters goes down with an injury. As said before, things could always change if the Yankees decide to trade Gardner later this offseason.
Starlin Castro, however, knows he will be the Yankees starting second baseman come Opening Day. Castro will be a major upgrade for the Yankees at second base after they continually ran out Stephen – I can’t hit – Drew. Castro seems to have taken to the task of playing in New York and could provide a jolt of energy to the 2016 Yankees.
Perhaps the biggest – and most controversial – deal the Yankees made was their acquisition of Aroldis Chapman from the Reds in exchange for four prospects. It is no secret that Chapman has the fastest fastball in major league history and has dominated the closer role over the past four seasons. However, it is also no secret that Chapman has found himself involved in legal issues – specifically domestic violence. The Reds appeared to have a deal in place to send Chapman to the Dodgers, but the deal fell apart when Chapman’s legal issues came to light. The Yankees saw this as a chance to bolster their already dominant bullpen at a discount. And that is exactly what they did. Chapman should face some sort of suspension, but when available the trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Chapman could be the scariest bullpen ever assembled.