Heading into the offseason after their ALDS loss to the Red Sox, the Yankees had offseason goals to fortify their roster so that result didn't occur yet again. Starting pitching was an obvious top-of-the-list priority, but there was also the prospect of adding All-Star Manny Machado to an already-stacked lineup that touted the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
But the Yankees never made that giant splash many expected GM Brian Cashman to make. He did trade with the Mariners for lefty James Paxton to be the team's hopeful ace (he's finally trending in that direction after his last two starts), but the Machado signing never came to fruition. In fact, the Yankees didn't have too much interest in the young infielder.
Instead, Cashman took a flyer on Troy Tulowitzki to fill in at shortstop while Didi Gregorius rehabbed his way back from Tommy John surgery. And even before that signing, the Yankees brought free agent DJ LeMahieu on board to be their versatile infielder through the season.