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5 key needs the Yankees face before Spring Training

A difference of eight games decided the American League East in 2018, though as manager Aaron Boone evaluates the 100-win regular-season performance that represented the Yankees’ best showing since 2009, he did not see the gap between his club and the Red Sox as being that large.

“They were an unbelievable team [last] year, a monster,” Boone said. “But we also understand that we feel like we’re very much on level ground with them. We’ve obviously got areas that we need to improve to close that gap, but we feel like when we’re at our best, we’re as good as any team in the world.”

As 2019 dawns, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has said that he wants the Yankees to avoid appearing in a third straight Wild Card Game, so overtaking the defending World Series champions for the division crown is now viewed as a must.

Here are five things that the Yankees need to do before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 13:.

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