10 ‘Ifs’ That Can Turn The 2017 New York Yankees Into Champions

2. If … Greg Bird Comes Back Strong

With the absence of Mark Teixeira’s production last season, the Yankees sure missed Greg Bird’s 38 homer/109 RBI pace from his call up in 2015.

In that stint, he In his first cup of coffee in the Bronx, Bird crushed 11 home runs in 46 games and slashed .261/.343/.529 with an OPS of .871 but we never got to see him in action due to a torn right labrum sustained in the offseason.

He has been recovering from injury since the 2016 season began and is currently slashing .210/.338/.355 with one home run in the Arizona Fall League. While not promising, he easily serves as an immense ingredient to the success of the offense next year.

If Bird carries his massive production from two years ago into the lineup, he’ll provide flawless insurance in the cleanup spot behind Gary Sanchez.

Furthermore, if Judge’s power becomes an element of consistency, the 3-4-5 tandem the Bombers can pack is downright horrifying.