The Yankees kept on wheeling and dealing yesterday, trading former top prospect Manny Banuelos to the Atlanta Braves for a pair of Major League relievers. Now it feels like they really might be done putting next year's team together, but never write off the Yanks on anything. The last time we looked at the projected 25-man roster, I thought the team needed more starting depth, another relief arm, and some more beef on the bench. They've hit on 2 of 3 there, and that's not too shabby. C)- Brian McCann 1B- Mark Teixeira 2B- Jose Pirela (or Rob Refsnyder) SS- Didi Gregorius 3B- Chase Headley LF- Brett Gardner CF- Jacoby Ellsbury RF- Carlos Beltran DH- Alex Rodriguez
Hard to say right now whether this team will be a little better or a little worse than the low-80s win projections from a few weeks ago. The bullpen is certainly in better shape, the bench (and DH platoon) is deeper and better suited for late-game pinch hitting scenarios, and the upside of the rotation has ticked up a notch with the swap of Phelps and Eovaldi. Another starter is still a need, especially with Banuelos out of the organizational running, and I expect another 1 or 2 to be added on MiL deals in the coming weeks.