3 Steps to Push the Yankees Over the Top in 2020

November 22, 2019 - 1:53 pm

As New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked off the mound at Minute Maid Park in Houston after allowing a walk-off home run to Jose Altuve to end the ALCS, it no longer felt like the Yankees were ahead of schedule, as some perceived them to be when they lost to the Astros in seven games in the 2017 ALCS.

DJ LeMahieu is 31. Giancarlo Stanton is 30. Aaron Judge will be 28 early in the 2020 season. Mashairo Tanaka and James Paxton, the team's two best starters in 2019, are both 31. The Yankees have an elite bullpen - one that will remain in place after they signed Aroldis Chapman to a three-year/$48 million deal. But Chapman is 31, so too is Zack Britton. Though Adam Ottavino almost certainly could strike out Babe Ruth, he's 33.

The Yankees core is built to win a World Series in 2020.

With that in mind, here's three moves the team should make this offseason as they attempt to return to the World Series for the first time since 2009: