How will the infield logjam shake out?
One of the team's biggest question marks was answered early this week when the Yankees decided to name Anthony Volpe the team's starting shortstop. Seemingly, they've given him their long-term stamp of approval ... and if they have to backtrack on that decision, things could get awkward.
Regardless of how long Volpe is entrenched at short, all that means is one more spot has been taken up, with many additional names still floating in uncertainty. The entire diamond from first to third base could be unsettled on a nightly basis.
Anthony Rizzo will more than likely start the majority of games at first base, but it's possible that DJ
LeMahieu finds time there as well, depending on what happens with him at third base. Although it would be expected that Josh Donaldson starts at third, who's to say that LeMahieu doesn't find time there as well? Will the team pull the plug on Donaldson if he's struggling?
Then, the battle begins at shortstop and second base with Gleyber Torres, Oswaldo Cabrera, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, LeMahieu, Volpe, and the demoted Oswald Peraza lurking at Triple-A. Torres and Volpe are currently the starting shortstop and second baseman, but Torres' name has continued to be linked in trade rumors. With his name swirling around in those rumors and Cabrera and Kiner-Falefa in the wings, there's no reason to believe that the Opening Day depth chart is the same one we see in October.