The baseball winter meetings are scheduled to begin on Sunday and the New York yankees will be busy wheeling and dealing, trying to improve their roster for the 2017 season and beyond. The Yankees have already unloaded a big name, and some payroll, by dealing Brian McCann to the Houston Astros for some prospects. The youth movement is in full swing, but that doesn't mean some known commodities won't be added to the roster. Here are four holes the Yankees need to address to make 2017 a successful season.

Starting pitching

The rotation needs some help, and a veteran pitcher on a short contract will probably be the best way go.

Lefty Rich Hill will be 37-years- old when the season starts, so a two-year contract seems reasonable. Hill spent 2016 with both the Oakland A's and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 12-5 between the two stops and had an impressive 2.12 earned run average. Hill has already had a short stint with the Yankees in 2014 pitching just 5 1/3 innings.

Late inning relief

After the Yankees traded away Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller the closer role fell to Dellin Betances. The three-time All-Star did well in August but struggled in September, and that became a cause for concern for Yankee fans, although Betances may have just been worn out because he was used so much. Many fans are clamoring for Chapman to return, but that could be very expensive.

The Yankees may be better off looking at the second tier of closers like Mark Melancon or Greg Holland.

A veteran bat

New York is going with a youth movement but they will need someone to lead the way, and that person may not be currently on the roster. The Bronx Bombers could turn to an old friend and bring back Carlos Beltran to fill the designated hitter role and help lead players like Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge.

Beltran may take just a one-year contract while other free agent bats will probably be asking for three years or more. The Yankee brass also knows that Beltran can handle the pressure of playing in New York.

A bench presence

Finally the Yankees could use an experienced player on the bench, someone who knows their role and can help guide the young players on the team.

The best fit would be a guy in his late 30s who is happy to come off the bench, but also has the respect of younger players.

If the Yankees address these four needs, this off-season will be a successful one.

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