The New York Yankees have begun their offseason planning for this winter and manager Aaron Boone is already feeling confident about the plan.
After their elimination from the postseason less than a week ago, the New York Yankees are already planning for what’s next to come for their team.
According to manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees have constructed a plan to end their decade-long World Series drought. Just as Boone was about to leave Yankee Stadium on Monday, he spoke to Dan Martin of the New York Post, about his feelings towards this upcoming offseason.
“I’m excited about getting going,’’ Boone said. “We’ll see what happens, but I feel good about it and we’ll get to all those plans almost immediately.’’
General manager Brian Cashman and the Yankees will certainly have their hands full once the World Series concludes. First on their agenda will be deciding on what to do with veteran sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and shortstop Didi Gregorius.
For Encarnacion, the Yankees will have to choose whether to accept his club option of $20 million for the 2020 season. With Gregorius, the Yankees will have five days after the final game of the World Series to offer the first-time free agent a qualifying offer of $17.8 million.
Then, Cashman and his staff will need to decide if they want to offer contracts to impending free agents outfielder Brett Gardner and reliever Dellin Betances. If closer Aroldis Chapman opts-out of the final two seasons of his current contract, then the Yankees must also decide if it’s worth re-signing the 31-year-old pitcher as well.
Once all those decisions have been made, the Yankees will be able to shift focus towards the possibility of acquiring an All-Star player this winter. There’s a possibility that the Yankees could sign either third baseman Anthony Rendon or pitcher Gerrit Cole through free agency. Or the team could trade third baseman Miguel Andujar and prospect Clint Frazier in exchange for an impact player this offseason.
The Yankees have plenty of work to do this offseason.