Murderer’s Row is now grasping for dear life as the Grim Reaper comes knocking at the door.
Francisco Cervelli could develop into a passable catcher, but he’s certainly no Posada. Though he’ll fail to match recently departed Russell Martin’s power, he can trump his .211 average. Then again, the 26-year-old struck out at a 21.2 percent clip in 2011, so don’t bank on it.
Teixeira’s slumps are no longer secluded to April. The first baseman, who turns 33 in April, has failed to hit higher than .256 or exceed a .500 slugging percentage since 2009. He’s still a formidable power threat but no longer a superstar.
Cano now enters the 2013 season as the team’s clear top dog. Although he hit .320 during their championship year, he has since improved his walk rate while hitting for more power. Back then, he was among the league’s top second baseman. Now he is a legitimate MVP candidate.
Kevin Youkilis, who signed a one-year, $12 million deal to play third base for the Yankees, will fit right in with the Yankees’ disciplined batting approach. If healthy, the Greek God of Walks could bounce back in a major way, but he has yet to amass a 145-game season since 2008.
Rodriguez will likely fill the designated hitter slot upon his return from hip surgery, but don’t hold your breath in anticipation for his season debut.
Now that Curtis Granderson is manning center field, the current Yankees boast an upgrade in the middle of the outfield. Hitting .232 cost him some fan support, but he still collected 43 home runs, his second straight season surpassing 40 homers.
Brent Gardner played a limited role in 2009, but he could potentially bat leadoff this year. With a career .355 on-base percentage and 137 steals through 475 games, the role suits him.
Since Nick Swisher appears ready to leave the Big Apple, with ESPN's Buster Olney reporting Cleveland as his possible destination they will scour the market for someone else with a keen batting eye, a propensity to tally 25-30 home runs and an infectious smile. Good luck with that search.
Last season, the Bronx Bombers managed to bring across 804 runs. They might struggle to match that mark in 2013.