2019 NEW YORK YANKEES PREVIEW... CAN WE GET BACK TO THE WORLD SERIES PLEASE?

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SPORTS WRITER: @RMDEST

IT'S A NEW YEAR AND WE ARE HERE TO GET INTO THE 2019 SEASON FOR THE NEW YORK YANKEES. I HAD THE YANKEES WINNING THE WORLD SERIES LAST YEAR, BUT THEY FELL SHORT TO THE EVENTUAL WORLD CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX IN THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS. BUT IT'S A NEW YEAR AND YOU LIVE AND LEARN, THE YANKEES WENT THROUGH INJURIES AND A LESS THAN STELLAR YEAR FROM ONE OF ITS MAIN POWER BATS. BUT LAST YEAR IS OVER AND IT'S TIME TO FOCUS ON THIS SEASON AND PUTTING SOME HEAT ON THOSE GUYS IN MASSACHUSETTS. THE YANKEES WON 100 GAMES LAST YEAR AND STILL FINISHED 8 GAMES OUT OF THE DIVISION. UNTIMELY INJURIES TO AARON JUDGE AND GARY SANCHEZ PUT A DAMPER ON THE SEASON A LITTLE BUT IT'S OKAY, A BROKEN WRIST KEPT JUDGE OUT FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS. SANCHEZ LANDED ON THE DISABLED LIST TWICE WITH A GROIN STRAIN THAT KEPT HIM OUT OF THE LINEUP. THIS SEASON WE WILL BE STRONGER WITH ADDITIONS OF PITCHERS JAMES PAXTON AND ADAM OTTOVINO, WE ACQUIRED TROY TULOWITZKI WAS SIGNED FOR BIG LEAGUE MINIMUM TO HELP KEEP THE INFIELD TOGETHER UNTIL DIDI GREGORIUS RETURNS THIS SUMMER.

THE STARTING ROTATION WHICH WILL ALSO HAVE J.A. HAPP RETURNING AS A FREE AGENT, LUIS SEVERINO, MASAHIRO TANAKA, AND C.C. SABATHIA WHO WILL BE PLAYING HIS LAST SEASON BEFORE RETIREMENT. THE ROTATION WILL NEED TO BE A LITTLE BIT STRONGER AND REMAIN INJURY FREE AT LEAST UNTIL THE TRADE DEADLINE BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE DEPTH WISE IS NOT VERY EXPERIENCED, JOHNATHAN LOAISIGA, CHANCE ADAMS AND DOMINGO GERMAN WILL BE THERE BUT ANY CONTRIBUTION FROM THEM WILL BE A POSITIVE. THE YANKEES BULLPEN IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE STRONGEST IN BASEBALL, ONCE AGAIN RE-SIGNED FREE AGENT ZACH BRITTON WILL BE PARTNERED UP WITH ADAM OTTAVINO WHO WE GOT FROM COLORADO TO GO ALONG WITH DELLIN BETANCES TO MAKE UP A GREAT BULLPEN FOR THE SUMMERTIME STRETCH. THE YANKEES INFIELD WILL BE STRONG WITH LUKE VOIT, WHO MADE A VERY GOOD IMPRESSION LAST SEASON WILL BE IN A BATTLE A FIRST PLACE WITH GREG BIRD. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING A FEW YEARS NOW FOR BIRD TO SHOW THE PROMISE THAT WE WERE PROMISED. GLEYBER TORRES, TROY TULOWITZKI AND MIGUEL ANDUJAR WILL BE A STRONG INFIELD. THE EXPERIENCE FROM TORRES AND ANDUJAR WILL BE VERY HELPFUL, THE OUTFIELD WILL BE STRONG AS WELL WITH JUDGE, AARON HICKS, JUST SIGNED A SEVEN YEAR EXTENSION FOR 70 MILLION DOLLARS. BRETT GARDNER WILL BE BACK AS WELL, HOPEFULLY TO ADD ON TO A STRONG YANKEES OUTFIELD. THE BENCH WILL BE STRONG WITH VETERANS CLINT FRAZIER, TYLER WADE AND DJ LEMAHIEU. THE LATTER COMING OFF OF A VERY GOOD CAREER IN COLORADO AND WILL HELP THE YANKEES IN GAINING GROUND ON BOSTON. THE CATCHING SCENARIO WILL BE VERY INSTRUMENTAL BECAUSE A LOT DEPENDS ON HOW GARY SANCHEZ RESPONDS FROM HIS VERY UNDERACHIEVING 2018. HE SHOWED SIGNS LATE LAST YEAR OF STILL BEING A GREAT HITTER BUT HE REALLY FELL OFF DEFENSIVELY BEHIND THE PLATE.

THE YANKEES WILL SURVIVE WITHOUT ADDITION OF ANY OTHER HIGH PRICED FREE AGENTS, AND YOU KNOW WHO I AM SPEAKING ABOUT, I MENTIONED AS SOON AS LAST YEAR ENDED THAT WE DID NOT NEED EITHER OF THOSE GUYS. ONE HAS SIGNED WITH SAN DIEGO AND THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT ABOUT THE OTHER GUY. SO MY SEASON HAS BEEN MADE ALREADY, AARON BOONE IN HIS SECOND YEAR AT THE HELM HAS TO WORK THIS SEASON LIKE HE IS UNDER A MICROSCOPE. THE GOAL THIS SEASON IS TO NOT PLAY IN ANOTHER WILD-CARD GAME WHICH IS DEFINITELY A REACHABLE GOAL. THE YANKEES HAVE SOME PLAYERS ON THE FARM WAITING FOR THEIR CHANCE. OR THEY MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN A DEAL LIKE JUSTUS SHEFFIELD DID LAST SEASON. SO THIS SEASON ONCE AGAIN I’M PROCLAIMING THAT MY YANKEES WILL HAVE A VERY GOOD SEASON. THEY WILL WIN THE DIVISION AND GO ON TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES, THIS SEASON WILL MAKE IT TEN SINCE THE LAST WORLD SERIES APPEARANCE BY THE YANKEES, AND IT WILL BE WELL WORTH THE WAIT. HOPEFULLY EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT AND ANOTHER 100 PLUS WIN SEASON IS OUT THERE TO BE HAD, WE JUST HAVE TO DO BETTER AGAINST THOSE DREADED RED SOX. WE WILL MAKE A INTERNATIONAL TRIP TO PLAY BOSTON IN LONDON THIS SEASON. IT LOOKS LIKE THE TWENTY SEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IS ON THE HORIZON.

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