Time to take down your holiday lights and quit it with the hall-decked Hot Stove jokes like the Yankees receiving an ultra-pricey lump of Cole in their stockings (credit Scott Boras) or the Mets getting their hands on some Myrrh-isnick (credit no one).
To mark this first full work week of the new year, let’s conduct a Subway Series reset. An updated assessment of what the New York rivals have accomplished this offseason, causes for optimism and pessimism, what they might still do and a peek at their division rivals, too, with the ultimate goal of determining whether they’ve improved or regressed since the conclusion of their 2019 runs.
Here is a look at the Yankees:
Reasons for hope: The 12 most valuable Yankees of 2019, as per Baseball-Reference.com’s WAR measure, will be back for 2020 as of now. And had Gerrit Cole performed with the Yankees as he did with the Astros, he would’ve provided more value than all 12 returnees. This roster looks absolutely stacked again, and new training and conditioning folks will work to keep them healthier this time around.
Reasons for concern: Neither Dellin Betances nor Didi Gregorius contributed much last season, yet their…