Those are the only real question marks for the Yankees in 2017, in terms of not knowing for sure who is going to fill those roles.
But, what about the positions that we do know about?
Up the middle, last year, Didi Gregorius (OPS+ 97) and Starlin Castro (OPS+ 93) where below league average offensive performers. And, per the sabermetric stats, neither one of them was a league average defender. (Castro, in fact, was very bad.)
At third, Chase Headley was very much improved (compared to 2015) with the glove. But, he also was a below league average offensive performer.
As far as DH, well, Matt Holliday has to prove that he’s not washed up.
Don’t even get me started on Jacoby Ellsbury. And, Brett Gardner? He’s become a slap hitter who doesn’t run. This year could be anything when it comes to him – either he rebounds, stays the same, or gets worse.
Lastly, in terms of hitters, while I hope Gary Sanchez has a great year, we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen there.
On the pitching side, Tanaka and Sabathia have health/mileage concerns – yet, should be OK. But, does anyone have faith in Michael Pineda?
For the last 4 seasons, on average, the Yankees have been an 84 win team. Even if everything works out with 1B, RF and those last two rotation spots, how can anyone be confident that the Yankees are any better than they have been since 2013?