The 2017 Yankees overachieved tremendously, coming within one game of the World Series. It was a team that didn't feel like the Yankees of old. Filled with young talent and low expectations, that team was a true joy to watch. Now, with a few big-time offseason moves, this team has a different feel to it.

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Not only are expectations high for the team but for the individual players as well. Aaron Judge coming off an incredible rookie season, Luis Severino finishing third in CY Young voting and a ton of other budding stars. Let's take a look at some of the big offseason acquisitions/departures and what to expect heading into this 2018 season.

Offseason acquisitions

It wasn't that the Yankees made a ton of moves but it's the few they did make that were big.

A look ahead to the 2018 New York Yankees. [Image via New York Yankees/Wikimedia Commons]
A look ahead to the 2018 New York Yankees. [Image via New York Yankees/Wikimedia Commons]

Starting with the Manager, Joe Girardi. Most fans, myself included, might have seen this coming but it was still a shock when it did happen. Letting Joe go is just more evidence as to the direction the front office would like to take this team. This, of course, brought up one of the hottest sports topics of the year, who will be the new manager of the new york yankees.

Well after about a month or so of interviews, it was announced Aaron Boone would be the new skipper in town.

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He's a young, analytical guy with experience playing in New York. While I can honestly say I like the choice of Boone, I don't really know what to expect from him. While he fits the bill of what the Yankees were looking for, he has no managerial experience. When approaching something like this, only time will tell if he was the right choice.

Now, getting to the juiciest of all the acquisitions. Giancarlo Stanton of course. This was a classic Yankees move, swooping in at the last second to snag the reigning NL MVP.

It's been common knowledge that the front office was trying to get the team under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold. So, with acquiring Stanton's enormous contract, most fans were quite nervous about this actually working. Sure enough, though, Yankees GM Brian Cashman was able to work the deal so that it still keeps them under that threshold. By adding Stanton to an already powerful lineup, the Yankees now boast one of the most frightening lineups in baseball.

Offseason departures and what's to come

With the obvious departure of Manager Joe Girardi, there were a few other notable subtractions from the team.

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The biggest two being Chase Headley and Starlin Castro. While Castro was apart of the Stanton deal, Headley was dealt mainly to shave off his contract. Another notable name no longer with the team is Todd Frazier.

While Frazier could still return, it's all dependent on what sort of deal he's looking for. While I personally would love to have him back as a veteran presence, I know the deal has to be right. There's just no way the Yankees offer him anything more than a 2-year deal.

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So, it comes down to how much Frazier wants to return to this team and is he willing to leave his home state of New Jersey where he now lives. With those names not included anymore, this leaves the third and second base positions wide open.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of top prospect Gleybor Torres. I believe this could finally be his chance. Whether it's a month into the season or opening day, I think we will see Torres in pinstripes at second base. If the Yankees do decide to give him some more reps in triple-A, look for Ronald Torreys and Tyler Wade to be the guys filling in at second base.

Getting over to third base, I believe it's a similar situation as second. This time with prospect Miguel Andujar. If you follow the Yankees farm squads, you certainly know Andujar is a legitimate MLB hitter. The biggest concern and the reason why I think he will start in triple-A as well is his defense. The Yankees have expressed concern over the last year that he might not be ready to field in the big leagues just yet. With a guy that can hit like he does though, it probably won't be long until he polishes his defense up and is in pinstripes.

With the re-signing of CC Sabathia and Mashiro Tanka not opting out of his deal, the Yankees now have a solid pitching staff when healthy. We will get to see a full year of Jordan Montgomery and what he has to offer, while also a confident Luis Severino back. While the starting staff may be full, I still imagine the team will be looking to add another starting arm. This team has loads of talent, top to bottom. Yankee fans like myself were more excited this past postseason than ever before. I can honestly say, I've never been this excited for any Yankee season to start. I'm sure most of you fans feel the same way!

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