Baseball season is almost upon us, and as they do every year, the New York Yankees will be looking to make an impact.
Offensively, the team looks the same as it has the past couple of years. Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira will continue to provide in their respective spots on the lineup. Curtis Granderson had a breakout year last season and will be looking to do the same in 2012.
Alex Rodriguez looks to rebound from an injury-plagued 2011, while Russell Martin and Nick Swisher enter contract years and will be looking to make a statement to the Yankees organization and any free-agent suitors.
There is one new addition to the starting lineup, though. Say hello to Raul Ibanez, former member of the Seattle Mariners and the Philadelphia Phillies. He'll be serving as this year's primary designated hitter and it will be interesting to see what he has left in the tank.
Please note these are simply my projections for how the Yankees' starting lineup will do this year. I'm sure many of you will have different projections as to how each player will do, and I welcome your thoughts and any of your projections in the comments section below.
So how will the Yankees offense do this year? Let's take a look at each individual member of this year's starting lineup.