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Did the Yankees do enough this offseason?

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The Yankees got Giancarlo Stanton. Your argument is invalid.

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Okay, yeah. They did enough.
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Opening Day is right around the corner. The cold, harsh realities of winter are gone still here. No really, Opening Day is a few days away, but there’s still snow on the ground in New York. Hey, at least baseball is back though. This upcoming season is probably one of the most anticipated seasons of Yankee baseball in recent history.

That’s because the rebuilding Yankees decided rebuilding wasn’t quite their thing and came one game shy of the World Series. They also have a young and exciting core that will capture the hearts of Yankee fans for years to come led by Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Luis Severino. After letting David Robertson walk in free agency, they brought him back last year and balance was restored to the universe.

The Yankees had this beautiful, mouth-watering cake ready to eat so of course fans are excited, the only thing missing was the cherry on top. Have I mentioned that cherry is 6’6” and weighs 245 pounds? Have I mentioned that Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee? The Yankees got themselves one heck of a cherry this offseason.

In addition to Stanton, Brian Cashman shipped out Chase Headley and Starlin Castro and replaced them with Brandon Drury and Neil Walker. So the question is: did the Yankees do enough this offseason?

Part of me wants to take the easy way out and say “yes and no.” The other part of me can’t stop drooling at this:

So how can there even be any doubts in my head about whether they did enough? It comes down to pitching. The only move the Yankees made was to bring CC Sabathia back on a one-year deal. Slotting him back into the rotation, front-to-back that’s one of the most talented rotations in baseball. The problem is, it’s not without its questions. Which Masahiro Tanaka are the Yankees getting? Was Jordan Montgomery a one-hit wonder? Can Sabathia’s knees hold up?

Brian Cashman knows that if these five can hold up and perform to their talent levels, then the rotation will be fine. That’s why if he had acquired a pitcher, it would’ve been at his price. He was not going to overpay. Still though, Cashman knew the rotation had its questions. That’s why he was out looking for a pitcher in the first place.

Cashman tried his darnedest, but in an offseason where everyone was being underpaid, Cashman couldn’t find a number that made him happy. He tried getting Gerrit Cole from the Pirates, but they ultimately accepted another offer that they liked better. While it would’ve been nice to acquire another pitcher, Cashman deciding to hold steady does give me a sense of faith in what the Yankees already have.

Cashman obviously believes in the rotation as it is currently constructed, and must have faith in the arms in waiting in the minors. If, rather when, a starter is forced to miss some time, Domingo German and Chance Adams figure to be the first ones called to action. If they can make it to the trade deadline with their current arsenal, Cashman can use the organization’s tremendous prospect depth to swing a trade for another starter if needed.

On the offensive side, obviously the trade for Stanton highlights the offseason. Brian Cashman was faced with a mandate from ownership to get under the $189 million payroll threshold. To make the Stanton trade work, he sent Castro and his salary to Miami and also shipped Headley and his full salary back to the Padres.

It seemed that Cashman was going to roll the dice with Gleyber Torres at second and Miguel Andujar at third, but then “Ninja Cash” emerged. Cashman orchestrated a three-team trade that netted Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks and then signed Neil Walker for basically pennies. Oh, and have I mentioned that Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee?

That’s really what the offseason boils down to. Anytime your favorite team adds a league MVP and gives up nothing of significance (no offense, Jorge Guzman), it’s a good offseason. It might be tough to say the Yankees did “enough” this offseason if the rotation falters, but when Giancarlo Stanton hits 50 home runs, I think the question will be easy to answer.

So, let’s give this another shot.

Question: Did the Yankees do enough this offseason?

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