The Yankees have many key players on either one-year deals or reaching the end of their long-term contracts.
The three biggest names on that list are Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Phil Hughes. All three are vastly important to the success of the Yankees. Odds are only one of them will return at the end of the season.
The trouble with all three being free agents is that their success could be their undoing in New York.
Cano will be the most likely to return to the Bronx, as he very well might be the Yankees' best player.
Granderson seems like the most likely to depart. But, if he returns to his 2011 form, where he smacked over 40 home runs and finished with over 100 RBI and runs scored, he would be a tough guy to let walk. You can't just find guys who can hit over 120 home runs in three seasons on the market these days.
As for Hughes, he is their homegrown darling who has never quite reached the potential most advanced scouts saw in him. He is coming off his best season, and if he improves he will receive a lucrative contract in free agency.