Previewing the Yankees’ projected 2023 Opening Day lineup

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu
May 29, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) watches his solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees spent a lot of money during the offseason, and there is no way to deny that. The team is better than what they fielded in the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, as they were able to retain lineup stalwarts Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo and add pitchers Carlos Rodon and Tommy Kahnle to the mix.

While upgrades at third base and left field would have been nice, the Yankees do have some internal options to occupy those positions. To really have a chance against the elite, however, they ought to understand that they are better off not giving Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa regular playing time.

Knowing the current MLB and high minors depth and the fact that manager Aaron Boone rarely showed any kind of consistency, we will do our best and try to preview the Yankees’ opening day lineup.

Yankees’ potential opening day lineup

3B DJ LeMahieu

RF Aaron Judge

1B Anthony Rizzo

DH Giancarlo Stanton

2B Gleyber Torres

LF Oswaldo Cabrera

CF Harrison Bader

C Jose Trevino

SS Oswald Peraza

Bench: C Kyle Higashioka, IF Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3B Josh Donaldson, OF Aaron Hicks

This exercise assumes two things that could easily end up being wrong: that Anthony Volpe does not make the team out of camp and that Josh Donaldson and Aaron Hicks aren’t traded.

The Yankees could be actively looking for a way to unload Hicks and Donaldson as we speak – particularly the latter – but if they haven’t done it yet, it’s because it’s clearly not easy.

That lineup has some contact, power, and on-bae ability. It’s the best the Yankees can field at this point, given that there are no substantial upgrades left in free agency and that a Bryan Reynolds trade is looking unlikely at this point.

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