Yankees Brian Cashman and the judgment of the present hour

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2019

This team will largely resemble the one from 2018. The only major loss will be David Robertson. But the rotation will still include Severino, Tanaka, Gray, and Montgomery, along with whomever Cash adds from free agency and the trade cited above.

That gives the Yankees three postseasons to capture a title or two with the pitchers Cashman already acquired. And an offense, already good enough to have the Yankees good enough to already qualify for the playoffs, will get better and younger over the next two years.

The Future and the Farm

We will see all this, and more, for 2020 will see the first major changes to the team just built by Cashman. Sonny Gray and Aaron Hicks will both be free agents after 2019, while Tanaka, Castro, and Tommy Kahnle do the same after 2020.

That leaves a talented and promising group of young players who do not get to free agency until at least 2022 (Greg Bird and Luis Severino), although most are under team control until at least 2023. This includes Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, and Clint Frazier.

Cashman has already thought of that time, as well. He knew he needed to make trades. But He was determined to keep the best players ready as replacements, and farther than this, no earthly power could make him go.

And now behold the changes by this honest and comprehensive GM who, discerning the needs of the Yankees, endeavored to do his whole duty.