New York is not a happy place right now, after "chicken" Shohei Ohtani said "NO" to the Yankees on Sunday after the team was set to go "all in" on the next "Babe Ruth".
In the aftermath of the Japanese player, the Yankees now have to regroup and come up with a new plan.
First thing is getting a fifth starter for the rotation and the obvious choice is C.C. Sabathia.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees already contacted the left-hander even before the tough Ohtani news.
yankees recently reached out to cc sabathia, even before getting the ohtani news. cc is even more key now.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) 4 de diciembre de 2017
There is also the possibility of signing Alex Cobb, and it had been reported that the Yankees were in the lead with the Cubs on signing the exRays pitcher..
The rotation as of now has Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery.
Signing both Cobb and Sabathia could set them up for a six-man rotation, something that has already been talked about when going for Ohtani.
Chad Green, a very valuable arm in the bullpen a "bullpen ace" of sorts, could also transition to a starting role, but with a pen as dominant as it was last year, especially in the playoffs, it might be better to keep that part untouched with Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman.
On the field, the Yankees still have a few questions, like:
Who plays third?
Chase Headley has not been the most popular player in his time with the Yankees, and he could be seeing a lot more of first base next year.
With Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres pushing to be in the Big Leagues in 2018, Headley could be relegated to platoon duty at first base with Greg Bird and some DH.
Cashman has mentioned wanting to trade Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury, but their contracts are very hard of a sell to other teams. It's possible the trade still trades them and they eat at least half of the salary just to make room for their young players.
A big problem, at least in Ellsbury's case, is that the outfielder has a Full-No-Trade clause and would have to approve any move. But, if moved that would free up the fourth outfielder spot for Clint Frazier.
Another big question the team is facing is who will be the full-time DH?
When not catching, Sanchez is the clear choice but the team is still adamant about using the Dominican as the full-time catcher.
Ellsbury spent some time at DH during the playoffs when facing right-handers, but lefties were left to Matt Holliday who is now gone.
The Yankees seemed prepared to give Ohtani some lefty DH responsibilities, but that ship has now sailed.
Could it be time to make a late push for Giancarlo Stanton?
It seems unlikely as the team really wants to get under the Luxury Tax in 2018, to reset their spending for 2019 free agency with big names like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado available.
There are some cheap options on the market for a right-handed bat, Jose Bautista seems like a possibility for a right-handed DH or even bringing back Todd Frazier, if they work on the price.
And on the left side someone like Yonder Alonso or Matt Adams.
It really all depends on if the Yankees are able to get rid of Ellsbury and Headley.
Also, a big thing to take care of in the Bronx is deciding who the new bench coach will be to help new manager Aaron Boone, who doesn't have any experience as a skipper in the Big Leagues.
It has been mentioned by several baseball analysts that Eric Wedge, who was Boone's manager in his time with the Cleveland Indians, as a strong candidate for the job as he has experience on being a skipper and a relationship with Aaron.
The Yankees don't need much and would still compete if they end up striking out on all fronts, but knowing Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner they won't cross their arms and wait for the season to start.
The Winter Meetings next week should be very interesting for the Yankees this year.