Gary Sanchez

Projected record: 80-82
Projected run differential: -8

It's a new era, and this is a Yankees team that is largely bereft of stars. Gary Sanchez projects as their most productive everyday player, and it's too premature to call him a star (even though he certainly looks the part after belting 20 home runs in 53 games last year). After him, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gadner, Matt Holliday and Starlin Castro form a solid collection of decent to above average players.

What will hold that Yankees back this season is their rotation, which features no sure-things aside from Masahiro Tanaka. Michael Pineda and Luis Severino each had FIPs far better than their ERAs, so perhaps they can have the pendulum swing the other way in their favor in 2017. C.C. Sabathia was serviceable last season but will turn 37 this year. Having the untouchable combination of Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances in the bullpen will give New York arguably the strongest bullpen duo in the league.

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