CATCHER: Brian Cashman has made it clear, Gary Sanchez won't be moved from behind the plate. This just in: he's good at baseball. Austin Romine is the backup.
INFIELD: Greg Bird, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius are definite. Chase Headley is penciled in at third, but with very light lead and a huge eraser shaped like Gleyber Torres.
OUTFIELD: Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner will be joined by Aaron Hicks, if you believe Hicks will indeed be looked at as a regular. Jacoby Ellsbury lurks too.
DESIGNATED HITTER: There isn't anyone earmarked for the job, with Headley and Ellsbury possibilities in the event the Bronx Bombers decide not to spend on someone of consequence.
BENCH: Tyler Austin, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade will likely be joined by Ellsbury and eventually Headley.
ROTATION: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray are the front-three. Jordan Montgomery is the likely fourth. The club has indicated Chad Green will be stretched out in the spring, ostensibly to battle Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell and rookie Chance Adams for the last spot.
BULLPEN: Wow, just wow. Most of these arms could close, or at least work high-leverage innings elsewhere. Aroldis Chapman anchors the back end with Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Dellin Betances the primary setup men. Adam Warren, Jonathan Holder and Chase Shreve are nothing to sneeze at.
PROSPECTS TO WATCH: Torres and Adams have already been referenced. Torres is returning from TJS, with the expectation he's ready for spring training. Adams looks ready after half a season at Triple-A, but could be sent back for more seasoning. Michael Andujar and Billy McKinney could see some action too.
POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: The Yankees could be in the market for a hitter and starting pitcher, via free agency or perhaps dangling Betances for trade..
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