New York Yankees: What to expect with Manny Machado being unlikely

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With Manny Machado to the Bronx looking less likely each day, what is there to expect from the New York Yankees in 2019?

About a month and a half ago, Manny Machado to the New York Yankees looked like all but a done deal, but now it is looking less and less likely by the second. So what does this mean for the Yankees in 2019?

The Yankees made some great offseason signings in the form of Troy Tulowitzki, Adam Ottavino among others, which makes up for the Bronx Bombers likely not signing Manny Machado.

With Didi Gregorius out until what appears to be at least June or July, Manny Machado would have been a fantastic addition in New York. Unfortunately with that being unlikely to happen, Troy Tulowitzki will have to be the solution for the time being.

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This being said the Opening Day starting lineup will likely look something like this:

Not much different from the 2018 team at all, the only major difference being a competition between Luke Voit and Greg Bird for the starting spot at first base, plus the pitching staff changes.

The pitching staff however did get a huge improvement from that of 2018 with the addition of James Paxton via a trade from Seattle and the re-signing of J.A. Happ.

The likely loss of Manny Machado, while unfortunate, is not the end of the world. The signing of Troy Tulowitzki has the potential to be a major splash for the Yankees, especially with Didi Gregorius out for a lengthy period of time.

Tulo, while he didn’t play in 2018 and a majority of the 2017 season, had a great 2016 season in which he played 131 games. Tulo hit 24 home runs with 79 RBIs and a .254 batting average.

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If the Yankees can get that kind of production out of Tulowitzki then the signing will be one of the best by any team this offseason, simply because of the price they got him for. The Yankees signed Tulowitzki for the league minimum contract which means they owe him virtually nothing.

This being said the Yankees have a lot to gain from the signing but little to lose. Would the signing of Manny Machado be great? Sure it would, but it is most definitely not the end of the world.