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The Yankees made big changes at the deadline in hopes of kick-starting their season. Here are three bold predictions for how things will turn out.
Yankees fans who wanted to see GM Brian Cashman shake their favorite team up ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline certainly got their wish. Adding Anthony Rizzo, Joey Gallo, Andrew Heaney, and Joely Rodriguez has shaken things up in the Bronx. The question now is whether or not the quartet of additions is enough to power the Yankees to a playoff berth.
The good news for the Yankees is that they didn’t part with any top-tier prospects in their series of trades. The organization’s farm system lost quality depth in the last week, but it didn’t lose any single player truly considered to be a premier prospect.
The team’s focus now is squarely on the present. The Yankees need to make up ground in the American League if they want to secure another playoff berth. Whether or not they achieve that goal will be greatly influenced by the following three bold predictions.
3. Greg Allen hold down the starting spot in center field
Allen wasn’t a deadline edition in the Bronx, but the addition of Gallo does make the Yankees outfield more crowded. Allen’s ability to play above-average defense at center field is going to allow him to continue to rack up at-bats alongside Gallo in Aaron Boone’s starting lineup.
The 28-year-old outfielder isn’t the long-term answer in center, but he’s already given the team a WAR of 0.5 in just 12 appearances. As long as he continues to hit for a decent average his speed will keep him on the field. Yankees fans shouldn’t be surprised if he remains a key player for the team down the stretch.