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The New York Yankees offense is arguably the best in baseball. In 2011 they scored the second-most runs in the majors (867), hit the most home runs (222) and stole the fourth-most bases (147).
This all happened without Alex Rodriguez for most of the year. With a healthy Rodriguez, he had the same experimental offseason knee surgery as Kobe Bryant so I am optimistic, the Yankees lineup adds another 30 home runs and 100 RBI threat in the middle of their lineup.
Robinson Cano is the Yankees best hitter. He doesn't just have power, he averaged 27 home runs and 104 RBI per season over the last three seasons, but he also hit .314 during that same time period.
Curtis Granderson hit 41 home runs in 2011, he also led the AL in both RBI (119) and runs scored (136). That is a great stat line for a player who may only get better in his third season in pinstripes.
Brett Gardner is a speed demon and a one-man wrecking crew on the basepaths. He does not hit for much average or power but he has averaged 48 stolen bases over the last two seasons and 58 stolen bases per 600 at-bats during that same time period.
Mark Teixeira has serious power judging from his 35 home runs per season for his career but his batting average is his most important stat. Teixeira has seen his batting average drop from .308 in 2008 to .248 in 2011. Could that have something to do with his .239 BABIP, third lowest in the majors? Yes, but even if he gets it back up near the league average, which is around .300, I can see him hitting near .300 in 2012.
Jesus Montero, who was sent to Seattle for Michael Pineda, will be missed in the Yankees lineup but trading him may actually solve a problem because it allows Joe Girardi to rest aging stars such as Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira by having them DH instead of having Montero DH full time.
The Yankees' offense will once again be near the top of almost every single category in 2012 and it will help them climb to the top of the AL standings and take home-field advantage throughout the postseason.