Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks his team will be able to compete with the Red Sox for the AL East title this coming season.
"I think we're a team that people might say is in transition because there's a lot of young players being introduced into the lineup," Girardi said Wednesday, according to the Daily News." But these are good players, and these are impactful players, so I think we're a club that is fighting for our division. That's who I think we are."
"Obviously there will probably be more competition in spring training than maybe in any year I've ever been here, but that's a good thing," Girardi continued. "I think competition brings out the best [in people], and I think there's a group of young players that's really close and really push each other and pull for each other, and a lot of them play the same position, but I think it's a great thing, and I expect to fight for the division. Your first goal is to win your division, and that's what we're going to try to do."
The Red Sox, who won the AL East last season and lost to the Indians in the ALDS, traded for White Sox LHP Chris Sale earlier this month. He joins a rotation that includes David Price and 2016 CY Young winner Rick Porcello.