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3 Yankees Players Who Have a Make-or-Break Season Ahead in 2020

David Kaestle
Giancarlo Stanton is going into an important season for him with the Yankees.
Giancarlo Stanton is going into an important season for him with the Yankees. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
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The Yankees are entering the 2020 season (whenever it begins) with one mantra – World Series or bust. Not that this hasn't been their mindset every season, but with the addition of Gerrit Cole to one the league's best teams, not only is a World Series title the goal, it's also expected by many analysts.

However, in certain areas one could argue the Yankees have an embarrassment of riches. Their depth is unmatched by any other team in the MLB, which has been called upon heavily in the last year with their record-breaking amount of injuries.

With this kind of depth, certain players can become expendable, meaning 2020 could be a make-or-break year for them and their future with the Yankees. Let's examine a few players who find themselves in that situation heading into the season.

3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF

Giancarlo Stanton during a spring training game.
Giancarlo Stanton during a spring training game. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

Giancarlo Stanton was the ultimate example of the rich getting richer when the Yankees acquired him from the Miami Marlins ahead of the 2018 season. The former NL MVP had a solid first year with the Yankees, belting 38 homers and driving in 100 runs. However, year two was an absolute disaster. Stanton got hurt early on and spent almost the entire season dealing with various injuries, only playing in a total of 18 games. With outfield depth galore and Stanton's injury concerns already arising again in 2020, if he can't prove his MVP-caliber worth this season, the Yankees could look to move on from Stanton (if possible, he owns a no-trade clause).

2. Gio Urshela, 3B/SS

Gio Urshela looks to repeat his great 2019 season.
Gio Urshela looks to repeat his great 2019 season. / Elsa/Getty Images

Gio Urshela was brought in for defensive depth prior to last season, but was thrust into the starting third baseman role when Miguel Andújar had season-ending surgery. Never being more than a replacement-level player with Cleveland and Toronto prior to that, nor hitting above .233, Urshela turned into an offensive monster, batting .314 with 21 home runs in 132 games, while also playing Gold Glove-quality defense. Andújar is back in 2020, but it seems Urshela will still play third base, for now. Andújar was always known much more for his bat than his defense, so if Urshela's bat takes a major step back to what it used to be, he could once again lose the job to Andújar.

1. Clint Frazier, OF

2020 will definitely be a make-or-break year for Clint Frazier's future with the Yankees.
2020 will definitely be a make-or-break year for Clint Frazier's future with the Yankees. / Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Clint Frazier is one of the more exciting Yankee prospects, if you can even consider him a prospect anymore. He's spent much of his time in pinstripes going up and down from the minors. However, when given the opportunity in the majors, he has shown he has a lighting bat, but his defense was some of the worst in all of baseball for 69 games last season. The 25-year-old outfielder will always carry some value given his hitting ability, but if he can't prove to be a more complete player, the Yankees might decide to cut ties with him and go with one of the many other options they have in the outfield both at the major- and minor-league level.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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