On Baseball: Yankees Enter the Season Looking for Something to Worry About

The Yankees had pursued Drury for a while, and got him on Feb. 20 in a three-team trade that sent one prospect to Arizona and another to Tampa Bay. They got Walker last week for $4 million, a steal for a reliable switch-hitter with power and a good on-base percentage.

But might the Walker deal hurt the Yankees’ chances of adding a piece at the trading deadline while still staying under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold? Nope, Cashman said. No worries there, either.

“I wouldn’t have done Walker if I didn’t still have powder dry to do stuff,” Cashman said.

Maybe the Yankees’ hitters will strike out too much; Stanton and Judge did combine for 371 strikeouts last season. Then again, they also combined for 111 home runs. The Yankees can live with that.

“It’s a trade-off for our power,” Cashman said, “but I don’t worry about that as long as we’re putting runs on the board.”

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One of the few uncertainties for the Yankees was how the team would handle second and third base. Those issues were solved with a trade for Brandon Drury, left, and the signing of Neil Walker (not pictures).

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