Yankees Year in Review
Tex and Arod's Careers end , Gary Sanchez's begins and the Yankees Begin to Rebuild the Empire
The interesting addition of Aroldis Chapman and No Runs DMC
The Yankees traded for Aroldis Chapman one of baseballs best closers following the Dodgers and Reds trade falling through. Chapman however would be suspended for domestic violence issues. The Yankees would face heat for the move. When Chapman returned he brought the heat throwing fastballs upwards of 100 miles per hour. Chapman , Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances would team up to be baseballs best bullpen ever when they pitched In the same games. The trio of No Runs DMC was short lived.
The Yankees Are Sellers ?
The Yankees did what they never do. They were big time sellers at the trade deadline as they traded Aroldis Chapman , Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran. The Yankees re stocked the farm system into one of baseballs strongest. Andrew Miller was one of the most loved current Yankees. The Yankees two best additions we're Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier. The Yankees traded Brian McCann recently in the winter continuing the selling trend.
Mark Teixeira Retires
Teixeira battled injuries once again and was a free agent to be come seasons end. Rather than test the market he decided to retire a Yankee. In the last week of the season he would hit a walk off grand slam against the Red Sox as his final Yankee moment.
Gary Sanchez and the Baby Bombers
When Gary Sanchez came up many people expected bing things. Sanchez delivered more than expected belting 20 homers in just 54 games. Sanchez was the most dominant hitter in the league for a brief time. The Yankees also got a taste of other prospects such as Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin. None of them had the impact of Sanchez but it was the step in the right direction.
The End of the Alex Rodriguez as a Yankee
Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed that his career would end in August and he would move into a minor league coaching role. Rodriguez would play his last game as a Yankee on August 12th. The game would feature the largest Yankee crowd of the season. Mariano Rivera and other former Yankees were present. Rodriguez would hit an RBI double in his last game. The Yankees would win and Rodriguez would leave to a huge ovation of thankful Yankee fans. Considering how messy things got between the Yankees and A-Rod in 2013 and 2014 it was one of baseballs biggest comebacks to stardom ever.
The Best Players of 2016
1. Masahiro Tanaka was a dominant ace for the Yankees in 2016. He was a Cy Young contender.
2. Gary Sanchez hit 20 homers in 54 games and had a 299 average. He was also a dominant defensive catcher.
3. Didi Gregorius had a great year both offensively and defensively.
4. Dellin Betances had flashes of brilliance pitching in the 7th , 8th and 9th inning for the Yankees. He wore down towards the seasons end.
5. Starlin Castro had his best season power wise and played an excellent second base.
The future of the Yankees
The Yankees have one of baseballs best farm systems. They have a strong middle infield. They also resigned Aroldis Chapman pairing him back with Dellin Betances and Tyler Clippard. The Yankees have plenty of salary coming off the books and could make big splashes in the market along with the prospects they have.