The Yankees lost the AL Wild Card game to the Astros to end their 2015, and while they didn't sign a major free agent to improve, they did spend their entire offseason with the trade market. A controversial Aroldis Chapman trade along with the additions of Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks could very well power the Yankees to the top of the AL East for the first time since 2012, but the rotation will need to hold up if that's going to happen.
It's easy to forget given how often the downsides of Starlin Castro show up, but he could very well be one of the top acquisitions of any team this winter, so long as the 26-year-old is more 2014 than 2015 in his first year in pinstripes. A change of scenery and a permanent switch to second might be all Castro needed.
All additions: Starlin Castro, Aroldis Chapman, Aaron Hicks
Justin Wilson might be the default here in a winter without a true significant loss, given his 74 appearances and above-average performance out of the pen. The Yankees will forget about him, though, once Aroldis Chapman returns from his suspension for domestic violence.
All departures: Justin Wilson, Chris Young, John Ryan Murphy, Adam Warren, Brendan Ryan
Masahiro Tanaka is healthy, and CC Sabathia looks like a big-league pitcher once more. Nathan Eovaldi continues his evolution into more than just a promising arm, and rebound candidates like Jacoby Ellsbury play like they were paid to. Alex Rodriguez continues to mash dingers all over the place, and this combination of bounceback seasons and health leads the Yankees to the postseason once more.
Remember how the Yankees are as old and fragile as they are talented? If the "old and fragile" part rules the day, there won't even be a wild card berth in it for New York this time.
Lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Chase Headley, Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius
Rotation: Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Luis Severino, CC Sabathia