A year ago, the Yankees were in a much different place than they are now. The Red Sox were considered the heavy favorites to win the AL East after adding Chris Sale, and the Baby Bombers were an unknown commodity, full of potential but facing several question marks. Still, Joe Girardi wasn’t about to concede in late December, telling reporters at the 2016 Pinstripe Bowl: “I think we’re going to be a club that is fighting for our division.” As it turned out, Girardi was right. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino and Greg Bird formed a homegrown foundation, leading the Yankees to an unlikely AL wild-card berth, and, ultimately, within a win of the World Series. Since then, however, Girardi has been replaced by the much more affable Aaron Boone, and the young and likeable Yankees have turned into the Evil Empire once again with their acquisition of reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the destitute Marlins, the rich becoming even richer. The Bombers, though, aren’t done yet, which should send a chill through the American League. “I know he’s upstairs working,” Randy Levine said Wednesday, referring to GM Brian Cashman before the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl. “He’s not finished. And we’re hopeful that there’s more to be done before spring training and Opening Day. … We’re the Yankees. We always want to get better. … What that is? I’ll leave that to the (front office).” In this case, that means attempting to acquire a young, controllable starter to add to the rotation, along with potentially bringing in a veteran infielder as well. And, if they’re lucky, shedding Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract.
Yankees 'not finished' adding this winter
New York Daily News | Dec 28