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SEASON IN A SENTENCE: The Yankees took the unusual step of selling off their veterans to embark on a rebuilding phase, but the young players they brought up provided more immediate impact than expected and kept the team in playoff contention until the season’s final week.

HIGH POINT: Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge got their first big-league callups on Aug. 13 and did something never before done in major league history, hitting back-to-back homers in their first career at-bats to lead an 8-4 win over Tampa Bay. It was a historic moment and symbolic of the promise of the franchise’s future.

LOW POINT: The Yankees hovered around .500 all year but could never get much over it, and the result was a fire sale that saw Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller and Ivan Nova all dealt for prospects at the trade deadline. It was the first time since the early 1970s that the Yankees were active sellers at the deadline.

NOTABLE ROOKIES: Catcher Gary Sanchez put on a historic performance with 20 home runs in 52 games after an August callup to thrust himself into Rookie of the Year contention despite playing less than one-third of the season. He set a major league record by hitting 11 homers in his first 23 games. Infielders Austin, Rob Refsnyder and Ronald Torreyes and outfielder Judge all received their first significant big league time but made minimal impact. Righthanders Luis Cessa (4-4, 4.35) and Chad Green (2-4, 4.73) were serviceable swingmen in the rotation and bullpen.

KEY TRANSACTIONS: Most notably in regards to the franchise’s past and present, the Yankees released Alex Rodriguez in August after he hit .200 with a .598 OPS but retained him as a special advisor in the front office. First baseman Mark Teixeira, another link to the club’s last World Series title in 2009, announced his retirement. The Yankees acquired multiple high-profile prospects from their summer trades, including shortstop Gleyber Torres from the Cubs as part of the Chapman deal, outfielder Clint Frazier and lefthander Justus Sheffield from the Indians in the Miller trade, and 2015 No. 4 overall pick Dillon Tate from the Rangers in the Beltran trade.

DOWN ON THE FARM: Buoyed by some of the franchise’s midseason acquisitions, Scranton-Wilkes Barre won the International League title and Triple-A National Championship. Double-A Trenton and high Class A Tampa made the Eastern and Florida State League finals, respectively, and all four full-season Yankees affiliates posted winning records. Pitching dominated up and down the system, with starters Jordan Montgomery (14-5, 2.13), Chance Adams (13-1, 2.33) and Domingo Acevedo (5-4, 2.61) leading the way at their respective levels.

OPENING DAY PAYROLL: $227,854,349 (2nd)

— Kyle Glaser

BEST TOOLS
Best Hitter for Average Gleyber Torres
Best Power Hitter Aaron Judge
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Tyler Austin
Fastest Baserunner Jorge Mateo
Best Athlete Jorge Mateo
Best Fastball Domingo Acevedo
Best Curveball James Kaprielian
Best Slider Justus Sheffield
Best Changeup Domingo Acevedo
Best Control Jordan Montgomery
Best Defensive Catcher Luis Torrens
Best Defensive Infielder Gleyber Torres
Best Infield Arm Gleyber Torres
Best Defensive Outfielder Dustin Fowler
Best Outfield Arm Aaron Judge
PROJECTED 2020 LINEUP
Catcher Gary Sanchez
First Base Greg Bird
Second Base Jorge Mateo
Third Base Didi Gregorius
Shortstop Gleyber Torres
Left Field Clint Frazier
Center Field Dustin Fowler
Right Field Aaron Judge
Designated Hitter Jacoby Ellsbury
No. 1 Starter Masahiro Tanaka
No. 2 Starter James Kaprielian
No. 3 Starter Justus Sheffield
No. 4 Starter Chance Adams
No. 5 Starter Michael Pineda
Closer Dellin Betances
TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos. 2016 Org
2007 Phil Hughes, rhp Twins
2008 Joba Chamberlain, rhp Indians
2009 Austin Jackson, of White Sox
2010 Jesus Montero, c Blue Jays
2011 Jesus Montero, c Blue Jays
2012 Jesus Montero, c Blue Jays
2013 Mason Williams, of Yankees
2014 Gary Sanchez, c Yankees
2015 Luis Severino, rhp Yankees
2016 Jorge Matero, ss Yankees
TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos. 2016 Org
2007 Andrew Brackman, rhp Did not play
2008 *Gerrit Cole, rhp Pirates
2009 Slade Heathcott, of White Sox
2010 Cito Culver, ss Yankees
2011 Dante Bichette Jr., 3b (1st round supp.) Yankees
2012 Ty Hensley, rhp Yankees
2013 Eric Jagielo, 3b Reds
2014 Jacob Lindgren, lhp (2nd round) Yankees
2015 James Kaprielian, rhp Yankees
2016 Blake Rutherford, of Yankees
* Did not sign
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LARGEST BONUSES IN CLUB HISTORY
Hideki Irabu, 1997 $8,500,000
Jose Contreras, 2002 $6,000,000
Andrew Brackman, 2007 $3,350,000
Blake Rutherford, 2016 $3,282,000
Gary Sanchez, 2009 $3,000,000
Dermis Garcia, 2014 $3,000,000

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