Yankees: 3 burning questions before Opening Day

New York Yankees Miguel Andujar smiles (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
New York Yankees Miguel Andujar smiles (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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A look at what questions remain just days before New York Yankees Opening Day.

We’ve almost made it. The return of New York Yankees baseball is almost officially here. Summer Camp was fun for a week or two but it’s time for real baseball.

It may have gotten old, but the second installation of spring training gave us a lot of answers and insight. Players who spent quarantine recovering from injuries, like Aaron Judge and James Paxton, are ready to roll, and Gerrit Cole looked like his typical self on the mound the past few weeks, racking up strikeout after strikeout.

Still, a number of critical questions remain. Strong performances from various Yankees will make it tough for manager Aaron Boone to fill out his lineup card each night as the Yankees star power and depth was on display throughout early July.

So what needs to be answered?

Thairo Estrada #71 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

3. Estrada or Wade … or Both?

Which Yankees utilityman will make a bigger impact in 2020?

Heading into summer camp, the primary utility infielder role looked like Tyler Wade‘s to lose. The speedster and slick fielder can play all over the infield and provide the late-game speed which could become a huge factor considering the new extra-inning rule.

Over the course of the last few weeks, fellow utilityman Thairo Estrada has pushed for Wade’s role and could find himself on the roster with Aaron Boone saying he is “very much in play” for an Opening Day spot.

While both players will likely find their way onto the 30-man roster to start the season, New York’s decision to stick with Wade or Estrada will become difficult.

Splitting limited playing time will be a tough circumstance to juggle, offensive production could be a deciding factor. Again, Wade is probably the better fit for late-game situations, but if Estrada can provide some pop off the bench, it could get him the nod.