Sport How will the Yankees handle their outfield logjam?

03:00  10 february  2018
03:00  10 february  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Yankees have some things to figure out in spring training this year. They need to see if Miguel Andujar is their starting third baseman, if Gleyber Torres is going to hold down second, and above all else, they need to figure out their crowded outfield .

The Yankees will use spring training to figure out the pecking order in the outfield .

The Yankees have some things to figure out in spring training this year.

They need to see if Miguel Andujar is their starting third baseman, if Gleyber Torres is going to hold down second, and above all else, they need to figure out their crowded outfield.

One thing is certain, Aaron Hicks wants to be an everyday player.

"I want to be the starting center fielder for the Yankees," Hicks told MLB.com Friday. "I feel like that's a position that I can play every day and be successful and help this team win."

Fortunately for the Yankees offense, they are in the American League and can use a designated hitter, but that only solves part of the problem. The acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton gives New York an outfield with the 2017 National League MVP, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Hicks, and each views himself as an everyday player.

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Some things to keep in mind about the infield logjam Remember when the Yankees had too many outfielders in Spring Training, then Jace Peterson and Shane Robinson started the 9th, 10th, and 11th games of the regular season in the outfield ?

And so goes the Yankees ’ outfield glut. So how will management handle the surplus? Well, that’s where the “problem” really begins to come into play.

They will presumably use one of those players at the DH spot, but if catcher Gary Sanchez struggles defensively again and gets relegated to the outfield, it could affect the lineup.

One of those players could be traded, but at this point, the Yankees are going into spring training with a full deck in the outfield and it is going to be tough to manage for a rookie skipper in Aaron Boone. He, at the least, has confidence Hicks can do it.

Aaron Hicks © (Getty Images) Aaron Hicks

"I think we saw Aaron Hicks take a giant leap forward last year," manager Aaron Boone said. "There's always going to be competition and guys pushing each other. We've got Jacoby Ellsbury on the roster, so there's going to be that competition and there's going to be that need to perform. I also feel very confident in where Aaron Hicks is, as an all-around player."

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The Baseball in Night New York panel speculates on how the Yankees should handle their logjam in the outfield in 2018. Share

Why is having an outfield logjam a good thing? With the Yankees ' current outfield situation, they don't have to hitch all of their hopes onto Hick's back; they can run him out there and hope for the best, while having entirely competent options if he fails to perform.

Then there's the problem with Ellsbury's salary. He still has four years and $84 million left on his contract. Teams won't take that on in a trade, so does New York trade guys like Hicks or Gardner? Gardner is the lineup's spark plug and Hicks is a plus-defender with a great arm. Do they want to part with that?

If they decide to hold on to all of those players, are they OK with platooning in the outfield? These are all questions the Yankees will have to ask and they may not be answered by the start of the regular season.

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Thairo Estrada is considered the No. 16 overall prospect in the Yankees' farm system.Boone said Estrada is in camp, and he expects the middle infielder will be able to play the "bulk of the season.

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