New York Yankees: Predicting the 2020 starting lineup

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a single during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a single during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The 2019 MLB season just ended but it feels like it’s been months. So, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of players that will comprise the 2020 New York Yankees lineup… according to me.

For the second time in three seasons, the New York Yankees were eliminated in game seven of the ALCS against the sign-stealing Houston Astros. Next season, they’ll be looking to finally get over the hump and break their 10-year streak of missing the World Series.

To do so, however, the Yankees will have to add a few pieces here and there to elevate the team to a slightly higher level.

Now, I’ve already declared that the key piece the team has to add is a starting pitcher, namely Gerrit Cole. However, given injuries to Aaron Hicks, losing players like Didi Gregorius, and parting ways with sluggers like Edwin Encarnacion, the front office will also have to look to add a bat or two.

Not only that, with Didi and Brett Gardner testing free agency and Hicks undergoing Tommy John Surgery, the Yanks could lose three players that “took 60 percent of the Yankees’ lefty plate appearances in 2019,” according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post. Therefore, the team is in desperate need of a left-handed hitter.

So, I’ve gone ahead and predicted that the team will add a switch-hitting or left-handed hitter, but you’ll have to continue reading to find out who it is. That being said, let’s put ourselves in Aaron Boone‘s shoes and take a look at the top of the lineup in 2020.