The Yankees fell short for the 11th straight season on Friday night.
And while the Rays and Astros will vie for AL supremacy, the Bombers are left to pick up the pieces as the offseason begins.
They’ve been able to field an annual contender replete with skill and talent, but haven’t been able to get over the hump in the past four Octobers.
Here’s a breakdown of what is to come from Brian Cashman and the rest of the front office:
Gary Sanchez’s Future/Catching Situation: The biggest story of the postseason was Sanchez losing his starting catching job to reserve Kyle Higashioka. He’s always been a liability on defense, but Sanchez got sent to the bench because of his inability to hit. The Yankees could finally look to cut ties with a player they’ve defended for years. If so, JT Realmuto – who looks headed out of Philadelphia with the team looking to re-route its money into starting pitching — is the obvious prize on the market, but James McCann could also make sense as a cheaper option to platoon with Higashioka. The Rays just beat the Yankees with the lesser-known platoon of Mike Zunino and Michael Perez, so it is possible.
Trevor Bauer Market/Starting Pitching Depth: Gerrit Cole proved his worth as a $324 million ace, getting his Yankee legacy off on the right foot with a gutsy effort in Game 5. But behind Cole, there are