The moves made by the New York Yankees this offseason will necessitate some roster shuffling from within, and that will make it difficult for several members of the roster to crack the 25-man out of spring training.
They'll be in stiff competition with other candidates right from Day 1 of workouts.
General manager Brian Cashman has made it a priority to spend big this offseason in an effort to improve his club. Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka are all newcomers to the team, as are lesser-profile players like Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson.
These moves should increase the Yankees' chances of getting back to the postseason.
With that being said, Cashman failed to really address the bullpen (aside from signing Matt Thornton) after the departure of Mariano Rivera. This is where there will be the most competition for a spot on the team.
Spring training for the Yankees is more often than not a warmup for the team's star-studded roster. This year will be just a bit different. For the first time in quite some time, there will be some legitimate competition for potentially prominent spots on the team.