TOBefore the start of the season, the Yankees were listed as the American League favorites to advance to the World Series. To their misfortune they again added a failure, after they were eliminated in wild card round vs. Red Sox this Tuesday and now they have several doubts for 2022.
The ‘Bronx Bombers’ face crucial decisions after not going further in the playoffs. The last bets could not avoid the elimination, even close the regular season in a solid way; where they did not manage to tie up the local for the game against Boston.
The first big question for New York will be the continuity of its questioned driver Aaron Boone. The early postseason goodbye once again aroused fan anger, but the situation could change during the offseason.
Boone is about to become a free agent and so Brian Cashman faces the big question about whether to continue with the manager. The last four years, where the winning percentage has been above .600, might not be enough to seal his renewal at this point.
Within the list of free agents the most striking is Anthony Rizzo. The left-handed bat arrived in New York with the goal of being the missing piece to make the final jump in the postseason. However, during the short time he was there, he managed to harvest 43 hits and seven doubles in 173 batting orders.
Without having the offensive production the Yankees would have hoped for, the coin is up in the air. Although reports indicate that Rizzo could have a clear future with the ninth for the following season.
Pitching, with the exception of perhaps the wild card game, played a solid part in guarding the defense. Both Corey Kluber and Gerrit Cole guaranteed security in their openings. But an arm could still be missing that can guarantee greater stability to open games, especially since Jameson Taillon occasionally staggered several times and Clarke Schmidt still doesn’t seem like the answer they need by 2022.