Baseball is back, so what should the New York Yankees do?

The New York Yankees have a lot to settle with the MLB lockdown now over.

IN THE MUSIC!!!

Announce the good news at Grand Concourse. Increase the number of B, D and 4 trains in service. Shout it from the bottom of the Joker Steps on Shakespeare Avenue to Katonah Avenue in Woodlawn. Finally, East 161st Street and River Avenue will be flooded with New York Yankees fans.

Yes, it’s true! MLB lockdown is over and the New York Yankees are back in business. It’s time to look ahead to the fast approaching 2022 season and shake off the big disappointment of 2021.

And Brian Cashman has his work cut out for him. Spring training in Tampa kicks off on Sunday, and opening day is April 7. The Yankees have a lot to do and little time to do it before jerry reed rises from the grave and writes a song about it.

Let’s take a look at the New York Yankees and their offseason to-do list, and how Brian Cashman might be able to pull it off.

Programming

As usual, the Yankees’ roster has a lot of questions this offseason. The team needs a new shortstop with Gleyber Torres returning to second base. That almost certainly moves DJ LeMahieu to third base, and Luke Voit could be back from injury at first base.

But that’s where things get complicated. Voit’s injuries pile up, Anthony Rizzo wants to come backand the word is the Yankees are interested in Freddie Freeman too. Does that mean Gio Urshela goes to shortstop or will he be traded for another play?

It should also be noted that as of this writing, Trevor Story and Carlos Correa are still unsigned. The new competitive balance tax threshold is $230 million, so count on the New York Yankees writing at least one big check.

launch

This is where the New York Yankees can breathe a sigh of relief. Pitching coach Matt Blake worked his magic as the Bronx Bombers ranked sixth in baseball with a 3.74 ERA.

The rotation is also quite fixed. Gerrit Cole leads the pack, followed by Jordan Montgomery, Jameson Taillon and the returning Luis Severino. Even better, there’s plenty of depth for one of the few pitchers to claim the No. 5 spot. Whether it’s Michael King, Clarke Schmidt, Deivi Garcia or even Nasty Nestor Cortes, the Yankees have options.

The bullpen is also pretty well defined, although Zack Britton missed the season with Tommy John surgery. Cashman’s Bread and Butter builds bullpens from the ground up, so this year’s bridge to Aroldis Chapman may be no different.

Final Thoughts

Finally, baseball is back and the sports world seems whole again. Finally, winter is over. Words cannot describe how happy I am to say this:

See you on March 13. Health.

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