Alex Rodriguez gives bold take on 2018 Yankees

Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez

Add in veterans like Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Neil Walker, and the Yankees appear poised to have one of the most frightening lineups in baseball this season.

The addition of Stanton has many, including Sports Illustrated, predicting the Yankees to win their first World Series since 2009.

Willits has been equally impressed with Stanton, last season's National League MVP. Blessed with dynamic, young sluggers in Aaron Judge (52 homers in 2017), Gary Sanchez (33) and Didi Gregorius (25), the Yankees own the rosiest future of any team in the A.L. Boston may have won two more games than NY in 2017 but by the end of the playoffs hardball enthusiasts couldn't stop talking about the Baby Bombers from the Bronx.

Read on for a primer on the Yankees' season, which begins Thursday with a visit to the Toronto Blue Jays, in order for them to hoist their 28th World Series trophy this fall.

The Giancarlo Stanton Era started off with a bomb.

As a veteran, Stanton isn't expected to miss a beat and he already feels comfortable in the Yankees clubhouse.

The game has changed dramatically in its approach - three true outcomes (home run, strikeout and walk) and the demise of complete-game pitching - but to the best of our knowledge, surprises have not been outlawed.

Aaron Judge wowed the baseball world with 30 home runs before the All-Star break, finishing with 52 for the year and earning AL Rookie of the Year and placing second in the MVP vote.

"I have the feeling that someone's always working harder, so I do the most I can". "It's different that way". There will be slumps and losing streaks and both he and Judge will undoubtedly draw scrutiny.

The attractive thing about baseball though is that its eight months provide so many twists and turns that expectations can fly out the window once the first pitch is thrown.

Judge became one of the big stories in baseball previous year when he smashed a rookie record 52 home runs while becoming a larger-than-life character in the process.

Stanton says his advice for his new teammate is simple.

"I would say not try to be better than he was past year". Just trust yourself and trust your preparation.

The 25-year-old Bird has been promising yet perplexing since his big league debut in 2015, when he came up from the minors and had 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 46 games. If Rodriguez is correct, it could be an even better team then some think.

One Sunday morning in Double A, Judge wanted to work on his defense before the game.