You already know the main spring training storylines for the New York Yankees. Typically, the Bombers don't head into the preseason with this many questions, especially coming off a division title and ALCS appearance, but such is life at the moment.
Left field is wide open. There will be a battle for shortstop (but it feels like Oswald Peraza's job to lose). Many are wondering if DJ LeMahieu could upend Josh Donaldson's situation at third base. There's also the curious case of Gleyber Torres and whether he'll be on the team by Opening Day, which could really shift everything.
But what about the lesser magnified battles? There are some obvious ones that aren't getting the attention they deserve, too. They might not be as important as the others, but that doesn't mean the result won't have a notable impact on the team's performance in 2023.
3 Yankees spring training battles that deserve more attention
No. 5 Starter Job
Frankie Montas' shoulder surgery has created a void in the starting rotation, and it seems as if everyone is penciling in Domingo Germán to slide right in. Are we sure about that, though? Clarke Schmidt might have something to say about that.
There's also non-roster invite Sean Boyle, who owns a 2.72 ERA and 1.10 WHIP across 15 games (12 starts) at Triple-A the last two seasons. He threw a no-hitter in 2022 and was part of a combined one as well. In total, he finished with a 3.71 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 160 strikeouts in 28 games (27 starts), totaling 155.1 innings across Double-A and Triple-A last year.
Germán has been unspectacular as a starter. Schmidt has far from impressed in that role. The door is wide open for Boyle to make an impression.
Oh yeah, and there's also Deivi Garcia. Just sayin'. You never know. (We're not ruling out a trade before Opening Day, either.)