The New York Yankees' high payroll and expectations from year to year, as well as playing in the largest market in MLB, often make it difficult to consider any player in pinstripes as being underrated.
The team once again led all of baseball with the highest payroll, and its average salary topped the six million dollar mark.
In spite of winning an American League leading 95 games, the Yankees and their fans considered the 2012 season to be a failure as they bowed to the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Any other team would have looked back at the season as a resounding success.
Difficult as the season's end may have been for the Yankees fans to swallow, the "Bombers" critics find it just as hard to consider any Yankees player something other than over-hyped and beyond his prime.
With the 2012 campaign now in the rear-view mirror, a look back reveals players whose overall performance could get them classified as "underrated."