Yankees Official 2019 Roster and Preview

After what was a punch-in-the-face ALDS loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees spent the last five months retooling in all areas in preparation for a bounce-back chase for their 28th World Series Championship. With an upgraded and enhanced roster, along with a Red Sox roster that has arguably regressed, the Yankees are primed for a very legitimate shot at their first AL East title since 2012.

The ultimate result of the 2018 season was, of course, a failure. However, that’s not to say there weren’t any positive outcomes. Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar shined in their rookie seasons, both posting wRC+ above 120 with 20+ home runs. Aaron Judge proved he was no fluke with another stellar season despite missing six weeks due to a fracture in his wrist. Luis Severino posted an overall outstanding follow-up to his 2017 campaign. The basic notion here, for the most part, is that the Yankees continued to successfully develop their players.

If these Yankees are to finally put it all together and win the World Series, the key word is, of course, health. Now, with the official 25-man roster announced, here’s a look at how the 2019 Yankees will shape up to start the season.


Gary Sanchez

Austin Romine


Luke Voit

Greg Bird

Gleyber Torres

DJ LeMahieu

Miguel Andujar

Troy Tulowitzki


Giancarlo Stanton

Brett Gardner

Aaron Judge

Mike Tauchman


RHP Masahiro Tanaka

LHP James Paxton

LHP J.A.Happ

RHP Domingo German

LHP CC Sabathia *

LHP Aroldis Chapman

LHP Zack Britton

RHP Adam Ottavino

RHP Chad Green

RHP Tommy Kahnle

RHP Jonathan Holder

LHP Stephen Tarpley

RHP Luis Cessa

*5-game suspension

Key Additions: LHP CC Sabathia (Re-sign), OF Brett Gardner (Re-sign), LHP James Paxton (Trade w/SEA), LHP (Re-sign), SS Troy Tulowitzki (Free agent), LHP Zack Britton (Re-sign), INF DJ LeMahieu (Free Agent), RHP Adam Ottavino (Free agent), LHP Gio Gonzalez (Free Agent), Mike Tauchman (Trade w/COL)

Key Subtractions: RHP Sonny Gray (Trade w/CIN), OF Andrew McCutchen (Signed w/PHI), RHP David Robertson (Signed w/PHI), Neil Walker (Signed w/MIA), Adeiny Hechavarria (Signed w/NYM)

Projected Starting Rotation

  1. RHP Masahiro Tanaka
  2. LHP James Paxton
  3. LHP J.A. Happ
  4. RHP Domingo German
  5. TBA*

* CC Sabathia 5-game suspension

Projected Starting Nine

C: Gary Sanchez

1B: Greg Bird

2B: Gleyber Torres

3B: Miguel Andujar

SS: Troy Tulowitzki

LF: Giancarlo Stanton

CF: Brett Gardner

RF: Aaron Judge

DH: Luke Voit


CL: LHP Aroldis Chapman

LHP: Zack Britton

RHP: Adam Ottavino

RHP: Tommy Kahnle

RHP: Chad Green

RHP: Jonathan Holder

LHP: Stephen Tarpley

RHP: Luis Cessa


UTL: DJ LeMahieu

OF: Mike Tauchman

C: Austin Romine

Disabled List

CF Aaron Hicks

SS Didi Gregorius

RHP Dellin Betances

OF Jacoby Ellsbury

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