New York Yankees Set for World Series Challenge? Off-Season Additions Come into Question With Spring Training Days Away

Published 02/09/2024, 11:00 AM EST

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An injured New York Yankees limped into the off-season in 2023 with a disappointing finish. Their dire need for improvement has not been a secret. To help them save the day, they can count on the big wallet they carry in the Big Apple. However, would their spending actually translate into success? As spring training approaches, the answer remains complex. 

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There once was the ‘YamaSoto’ dream. But only half of it could turn into a reality with MLB’s young phenom, Juan Soto, landing in pinstripes. However, with him came Alex Verdugo and Trent Grisham, all ready to bolster the outfield. And Marcus Stroman is sworn to bring stability to the rotation. Chalk up some serious wins for Brian Cashman, but that does not rule out some major ‘what ifs’ in the air.

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Yes, the Bronx Bombers appear to be ready for 2024. But ‘appear’ is the caveat here. Last year’s injury-plagued season is not one to forget. Though it was massively embarrassing, it calls for avoiding repeating a similar situation. Aaron Boone is leading the troop, his words reassuring. As per MLB.com, he said, “If we couple it with reasonable health around [Soto] and some guys returning to form, then it’s got a chance to be a special lineup”. But it’s easier said than done, isn’t it? 

On one hand, signature players like Carlos Rodón and Nestor Cortes are back in workouts. On the other, the aspect of health still remains in question. Given the current situation, one has to take this with a pinch of salt. But what about the ones who didn’t fare as expected in 2023? 

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There have been reports that Giancarlo Stanton has changed his approach to training. That’s hopeful, but his history leaves a scar of caution in the fans’ optimism. That said, one must look at bounce backs. Players like DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo, who underwhelmed last season, acknowledge the importance of bouncing back in 2024. 

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The Verdict – Are The New York Yankees Ready For 2024? 

The Yanks did not have any loud offseason moves except the one with Juan Soto. Based on reports, interviews and actions, there is evidence to believe that the Yankees are READY! But ‘health’ remains a big cloud of uncertainty.

However, Manager Boone’s words douse the fire on that. He shared in a telephonic interview on The Michael Kay Show, “Hopefully, we’re getting better and better. Not just us, but as a industry of how do we keep guys more and more healthy.

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So, yes, there is reason to be optimistic, particularly about their World Series aspirations. Though, they are not underdogs anymore like the past season, their status as a dominant team will not be established until and unless the games start. 

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