5 things to watch for with the Yankees as they prepare for spring training 2015.
All about A-Rod
Regardless of the off-the-field circus, the most compelling question regarding Alex Rodriguez is this: Does the 39-year-old, whose body long ago exhibited signs of breaking down, have anything left after missing all of 2014?
Now playing shortstop . . .
The task of replacing Derek Jeter falls to Didi Gregorius, a 24-year-old acquired from the Diamondbacks in December. He’ll be reminded of that throughout spring training, and that will be just the beginning.
Masahiro Tanaka avoided surgery on the slight tear of his right UCL that cost him a good portion of 2014, but the Yankees will hold their breath each time he takes the mound.
It’s tough to find a scout in baseball who doesn’t think Dellin Betances has the stuff to close. But he has to prove it, starting with winning the job in spring training.
CC-ing what remains
Even before being diagnosed with a degenerative cartilage condition in his right knee last May, CC Sabathia, now 34, was struggling to adjust to life with diminished fastball velocity.