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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

The Next Yankee Shortstop

By: Eric Vanemon

With the retiring of Derek Jeter, the biggest whole in the Yankee lineup is without a doubt shortstop. It will definitely be odd not seeing the Captian at short but who exactly will we see there in 2015?
We have Brendan Ryan who I don't see being the starter but rather a backup infielder. There is also the option of signing Stephen Drew back to start but that's not exactly the ideal situation.

It seems like a lot of people want to see Troy Tulowitzki take the role, however how much would the Yankees need to trade to get him? Would the price be right? Luckily there are other options.

Asdrubal Cabrera is a free agent. Coming off a season with a .241 batting average with 14 home runs, he may just be the best option. With 9 of his 14 home runs coming as an Indian (before being traded to the Nationals) he could probably take advantage of the small Yankee ball park. Though for the righty to use this to benefit him, he would have to sharply pull a ball of hit some opposite field bombs. There is of course some worry as he batted .229 after being traded to the Nationals as he was possibly affected by seeing all new pitchers.

But, if Cabrera isn't the guy the Yankees are looking for there is Starlin Castro who may be available for trade. Castro is a career .284 hitter coming off a season where he hit .292 with 12 home runs and 65 RBI’s. Being that the Cubs have quite a few solid infield prospects, Castro could very well find himself dawning Yankee pinstripes next season. 

Any way you look at it, it's tough to tell just who it will be. Regardless, we are in for some serious excitement during this offseason!

-@eric_vanemon or @skinnysabathia

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