It’s time for Aaron Boone to make some big moves. Here are three ways he can help the Yankees get back on track before it’s too late.
The Yankees entered the season with World Series dreams, but their performance has been more like a nightmare through 15 games. It’s too early for Aaron Boone and the team’s brain trust to panic, but staying the current course is not a realistic option.
The question that needs to be answered is which buttons Boone needs to push to wake the team up from its current malaise. Expecting GM Brian Cashman to swing a big trade to shake the roster up is unrealistic. Any improvements will likely come from inside the organization’s current options.
There are still plenty of potential moves to be made. Read on to discover the three changes Boone needs to make immediately to help give the Yankees a big boost.
3. Hit DJ LeMahieu third
The third spot in the Yankees’ batting order needs to go to a player capable of driving in serious runs. LeMahieu isn’t going to lead the team in home runs, but his exceptional contact rate puts him in a unique position to lead the team in RBIs.
LeMahieu hasn’t exactly started the season on fire, but he’s been more than competent with the bat in his hands. It’s reasonable to think he can improve on his current slash line of .286/.375/.411 as the season rolls along. Putting him at the No. 3 spot in the lineup every day will give him more chances to turn that solid contact into run production. It’s not a move that needs to be permanent, but it can give the New York offense a much-needed boost in the short term.