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Yankees 26-man roster prediction 2.0 for 2023 MLB season

Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge /Now that Yankees spring training is in full swing, it’s time to look at what the 2023 roster could potentially look like.Last time, we saw a team that was largely unchanged from the end of the 2022 season. Now, the roster will likely look different — but not by much

Yankees 26-man roster prediction 2.0 for 2023 MLB season

Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge

Gleyber Torres and Aaron Choose /

Now that Yankees spring coaching is in full swing, it’s time to have a look at what the 2023 roster might doubtlessly seem like.

Final time, we noticed a staff that was largely unchanged from the tip of the 2022 season. Now, the roster will probably look completely different — however not by a lot — due to a serious damage and potential strikes GM Brian Cashman is wanting into.

There’s additionally nonetheless an opportunity Cashman makes considered one of his “stealth” strikes like when he traded for Josh Donaldson final offseason, however the 2023 Yankees roster will probably not see a transfer on that degree.

Heading into spring coaching, there are query marks in left subject, the beginning rotation and at shortstop. However I imagine these holes shall be stuffed from inside a minimum of to begin. We’ll see what occurs when the commerce deadline comes alongside.

Place Gamers

Anthony Rizzo, 1B

Gleyber Torres/DJ LeMahieu, 2B

Oswald Peraza, SS

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Josh Donaldson, 3B

Oswaldo Cabrera/Aaron Hicks, LF

Harrison Bader, CF

Aaron Judge, RF

Jose Trevino, C

Giancarlo Stanton, DH

There’s no change from my final prediction on the on a regular basis place gamers. Nonetheless, I do really feel extra assured that barring a horrendous spring, Peraza will win the shortstop job out of camp. Wanting in, it’s clear that the Yankees see worth in Peraza as an on a regular basis participant or they wouldn’t have known as him up late final season and added him to the postseason roster.

Anthony Volpe nonetheless has a while to develop in Triple-A to begin the season, but when he has an excellent spring he could get some seems to be when the rosters develop later within the yr. It’ll additionally profit the Yankees to govern his time to begin the season within the minors. Isiah Kiner-Falefa would be the fallback possibility if Peraza has a tough begin to the season, and can profit from being out of the limelight. He will be the utility infielder that may play third, brief and second if wanted.

Oct 23, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after striking out in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros during game four of the ALCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 23, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hanging out within the seventh inning towards the Houston Astros throughout sport 4 of the ALCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports activities / © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports activities
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Torres is an attention-grabbing identify to look out for this spring. With the variety of infielders the Yankees have, it’s doable that New York will wish to transfer him particularly in the event that they plan to improve within the outfield. SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Yankees are nonetheless in search of left subject choices outdoors the group. A commerce is feasible, however that participant will almost certainly have to come back within the free agent market.

That leaves Jurickson Profar who the Yankees have had talks with, however he challenge is salary-related and the Yanks must unload cash to signal Profar so the staff doesn’t hit the “Steve Cohen tax” threshold.

Whereas that every one sounds good, I simply don’t suppose the Yankees will have the ability to swing the commerce AND signal Profar to a deal he’d need.

That additionally offers supervisor Aaron Boone some flexibility together with his beginning lineup. Like we noticed final season, Torres and LeMahieu had been out and in of the lineup and I imagine he’ll respect that particularly with the previous coming off an damage.

That leaves Cabrera and Hicks to combat for the left subject job. Followers don’t wish to hear it, however my intestine says Hicks begins the season because the left fielder. The group has a fascination with him, and as a lot as I like Cabrera’s moxie they’ll need somebody who has extra expertise manning the place.

Beginning Rotation

Gerrit Cole, RHP

Carlos Rodon, LHP

Nestor Cortes, LHP

Luis Severino, RHP

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Clarke Schmidt, RHP

The most important change for the Yankees comes within the rotation. Frankie Montas would require shoulder surgical procedure and is probably going executed for the yr. That leaves the rotation not as deep because it as soon as was. Cole, Rodon, Cortes — who’s recovering from a hamstring damage, however the Yankees anticipate him prepared for Opening Day — and Severino are locks to be the highest 4 starters this season. The query is who will take the mound each fifth day?

Andy Martino reported that the Yankees gained’t take a look at a commerce to fill that function, however will look throughout the group. That leaves solely two choices: Domingo German or Schmidt.

German has had time as a starter with the staff in years previous, however I really feel Schmidt’s upside is way greater and can finally win that job. All of that is barring their efficiency this spring.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt (86) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.

New York Yankees beginning pitcher Clarke Schmidt (86) delivers a pitch through the first inning towards the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports activities


Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP

Clay Holmes, RHP

Wandy Peralta, LHP

Ron Marinaccio, RHP

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Lou Trivino, RHP

Greg Weissert, RHP

Tommy Kahnle, RHP

Michael King, RHP

The Yankees bullpen stays unchanged from my final prediction. The staff bought excellent news on King’s elbow and it seems to be like he’ll be ready for the start of the season. In any other case, the staff will lean on the standard suspects to begin.

Different bullpen choices embrace Albert Abreu and Deivi Garcia. And with German not making the beginning 5, he’ll be used to make spot begins or change a pitcher who goes all the way down to damage.


Kyle Higashioka, C

Oswaldo Cabrera/Aaron Hicks, OF

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, INF

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Gleyber Torres/DJ LeMahieu, INF

Higashioka will again up Trevino with IKF being the utility man who can play third, brief, and second. Hicks or Cabrera would be the outfielder off the bench. The identical would be the case for Gleyber and LeMahieu. Whoever isn’t beginning shall be a bench possibility.

It seems to be like a brief bench, however the flexibility that Boone has with the outfielders and infielders will work.

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