The good news for the New York Yankees is that they still look like the strongest team in the AL East and could well go on to win their third straight division title. The bad news is that the moves they've made this offseason have done little to solve their postseason woes.
The team let go of Raul Ibanez, who established himself as a fan favorite last season with several late-inning home runs, but hasn't been able to find a replacement. However, the Yankees' DH problem could be solved once Alex Rodriguez returns from injury midway through the season, with the addition of Kevin Youkilis, who could play third base or be the designated hitter.
Not many people disagreed with the decision to let Nick Swisher go to the Cleveland Indians as the outfielder is only .169/.283/.305 in the postseason. However, Swisher's departure has left the Yankees without a right-handed hitting outfielder and while GM Brian Cashman says the Yankees are still shopping there has to be cause for concern.
Once again it looks like the Yankees will have to hope that Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano can reverse their postseason trend if the Bombers want a shot at bringing a 28th championship to the Bronx.