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Breaking down where each Yankee stands heading into 2019

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Here’s a look at where each Yankee stands heading into the offseason:

The Pillars

These guys are in it for the long haul.

Miguel Andujar, 3B: One-plus year of service.
Chad Green, RHP. Two-plus years of service.
Aaron Judge, OF: Two-plus years of service.
Luis Severino, RHP: Two-plus years of service.
Giancarlo Stanton, DH-OF: Signed through 2027 with an opt-out after 2020.
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP: Signed through 2020.
Gleyber Torres, 2B: Less than a year of service.

Stanton, who has full no-trade protection, can make $218 million from 2021 through 2027. It’s hard to see him turning that away.

The walk-year staples

The Yankees’ youth movement will hit a crossroads next year, as they’ll have to make a call on some of the pioneers in their new direction. And one guy will have to make his own call.

Dellin Betances, RHP: Five-plus years of service
Aroldis Chapman, LHP: Signed through 2021 with an opt-out after 2019.
Didi Gregorius, SS: Five-plus years of service.
Aaron Hicks, OF: Five-plus years of service.
Austin Romine, C: Five-plus years of service.

Gregorius and Hicks, in that order, rank as the most obvious candidates for extensions, and maybe Romine can stick around on a reasonable deal. Betances appears a good bet to test the market. Chapman has $17.2 million owed to him in each of 2020 and 2021, so if he puts up an All-Star campaign next season, opting out seems like a real possibility.

The walk-year staple remover

Sonny Gray, RHP: Five-plus years of service. He’s easily the most likely person to be traded on the entire roster.

The kids who are not all right

Greg Bird, 1B: Three-plus years of service.
Clint Frazier, OF: Less than one year of service.
Gary Sanchez, C: Two-plus years of service.

Sanchez ended his terrible 2018 in upbeat fashion, and he has major supporters in the organization. Bet on him staying. The injury-prone Bird simply has not been very good since his rookie showing in 2015. The Yankees can’t seriously regard him as a Plan A for 2019, can they? Poor Frazier, meanwhile, faces an uncertain future thanks to his battles with concussions this season.

The free agents

Zach Britton, LHP
J.A. Happ, LHP
Adeiny Hechavarria, IF
Lance Lynn, RHP
Andrew McCutchen, OF
David Robertson, RHP
CC Sabathia, LHP
Neil Walker, IF-OF

Happ and Robertson appear most likely to return. Sabathia has voiced an extreme open-mindedness to pitching elsewhere.

The potential free agent

Brett Gardner, OF: Gardner has a $12.5 million team option against a $2 million buyout for 2019. As The Post’s Joel Sherman has reported, the Yankees are likely to exercise that option.

Pieces under control

Luis Cessa, RHP: One-plus year of service.
A.J. Cole, RHP: One-plus year of service.
Domingo German, RHP: Less than one year of service.
Kyle Higashioka, C: Less than one year of service.
Jonathan Holder, RHP: One-plus year of service.
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: Three-plus years of service.
Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP: Less than one year of service.
Jordan Montgomery, LHP: One-plus year of service.
Justus Sheffield, LHP: Less than one year of service.
Stephen Tarpley, LHP: Less than one year of service.
Ronald Torreyes, IF-OF: Two-plus years of service.
Luke Voit, 1B: Less than one year of service.
Tyler Wade, IF-OF: Less than one year of service.

Montgomery, a successful rookie last year, is rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery and could return late next season. Voit is the most intriguing guy here because of his power surge after joining the Yankees in a trade from St. Louis. The others range from rising stocks (Holder) to falling stocks (Kahnle) to depth guys (Cessa, German) to prospects (Loaisiga, Sheffield).

Last and least (and most, in a way)

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF: Signed through 2020.

One of the most untradeable players in the industry — perversely impressive rare air — thanks to his contract, his injury history and his no-trade clause. After missing the entire season with ailments, can he actually contribute in 2019? He wasn’t awful last year.

Credit: NY Post

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