The new york yankees are the New York Yankees. They're always a good team which is equipped with the mindset of winning every year. The only time in recent years that the Yankees could have been considered a non-winning team is in 2016 when they endured a semi-rebuild at the trade deadline. The 2016 trade deadline saw them trade elite relief pitchers, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. Last season, most people expected the Yankees to rebuild again but they proved everyone wrong as they clinched a Wild Card spot and lost in seven games in the ALCS to the eventual champions, the Houston Astros.

With the offseason moves that Brian Cashman and the rest of the Yankees front office has made, this team has turned from a good team to downright scary.

Biggest move in all of baseball

With Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman settling in as new owners of the Miami Marlins, their goal was to cut payroll and one of the ways they did so was trading 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and his $310 million left on his contract for the next 10 years. Originally, Stanton was set to be traded to the Giants, but due to his no-trade clause, he was allowed to decline the trade which he did as the only teams he would have accepted a trade to was the Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers, and Astros. He was eventually traded to the Yankees for Starlin Castro and two prospects.

This move made the Yankees lineup a fearsome one as he joins a lineup that includes Judge, Sanchez, Gregorius, and others. Last year, Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez combined for 144 home runs, 336 RBIs, and combined for an average of .281.

Off-season moves

On December 16, the Yankees brought back C.C. Sabathia on a one-year, $10 million deal.

Sabathia spent the previous nine seasons with the Yankees, as back in 2009, he signed a seven-year, $161 million deal in which he helped them win a world series title in 2009. Last season, Sabathia threw 148 2/3 innings in 27 games, going 14-5 with an ERA. of 3.69.

The Yankees also signed Neil Walker to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Walker is a natural second baseman, but just last season, he spent time playing first base and third base for the Brewers as well. He is expected to be moved around the diamond this season with the Yankees.

With the departure of Castro from the Stanton trade, the Yankees needed a second baseman. As part of a three-team trade, the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks. A good thing about Drury is that he is versatile as he can play second base, third base, and left field.

2018 season

By bringing in Stanton to join 2017 AL Rookie of the Year and runner-up for AL MVP Aaron Judge, power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and the rest of the Yankees squad, it is obvious that the Yankees are contenders as they are expected to clinch the AL East and could even win the World Series this year.

That isn't all, though, as the Yankees have a decent one-two punch of runner-up for AL Cy Young Award Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka. I also think they have the best bullpen in the game, which features flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, and others.

If the Yankees want to become clear favorites for a World Series title, they will need to add another good starter. A name they could try and get is Michael Fulmer from the Tigers. as they are in the very early stages of a rebuild. As he is under control for the next five years, the Yankees would have to give up a lot of prospect capital to get him. They could easily part ways with former top prospect Clint Frazier, as he became expendable as the Yankees' outfield is set with Stanton, Judge, and Gardner. The Yankees are not only going to be a great team this year, but they're also going to be great for many years to come. For now, though, the Yankees are focusing on winning World Series No. 28.