So this is what I've come up with. I don't see the Yankees being as active with free agency as people might think. Their offseason moves will revolve around who they choose to bring back with a roster that has a lot of depth.
SP1 - Gerrit Cole
SP2 - Luis Severino
SP3 - James Paxton
SP4 - Masahiro Tanaka
SP5 - J.A. Happ / Domingo German / Jordan Montgomery
RP - Zack Britton
RP - Luis Cessa
RP - Chad Green
RP - Adam Ottavino
RP - Tommy Kahnle
RP - Jonathan Loaisiga
RP - Tyler Lyons / Nestor Cortes Jr. / Stephen Tarpley
C - Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
1B - Luke Voit
2B - DJ LeMahieu
SS - Gleyber Torres
3B - Gio Urshela / Miguel Andujar
LF - Clint Frazier / Mike Tauchman / Brett Gardner
CF - Aaron Hicks
RF - Aaron Judge
DH - Giancarlo Stanton
Leave via Free Agency:
Aroldis Chapman (opt out)
C.C. Sabathia (retirement)
Free Agents to be re-signed
Free Agents to be signed
Major stories will include the following:
- Do the Yankees Let Didi walk?
- Does Chapman opt out of his current deal? If he does, do the Yankees let him walk?
- Does Cashman make the big splash and bolster the rotation with Cole by making him an offer he can't refuse?
- What will come of the domestic violence case pending against Domingo German?
- Do the Yankees bring Betances back after an injury plagued year? How much money can he realistically ask for?
- Do the Yankees bring back Gardner on a 1 year deal to an already crowded outfield? Gardner had a career high .503 slugging percentage with 28 HR in 2019.
I would personally re-sign Romine, let everyone else walk, and give Cole whatever he wants to come play in NY. There's more than enough depth to fill out this roster internally. And there's plenty more players down on the farm. Some of the young core (Judge, Sanchez) will be arbitration eligible, so cutting payroll by letting everyone walk will offset things in my eyes, and they'll just get more expensive in the years to come.