2010 New York Yankees Preview

Ryan Gaydos@@RyanGaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 2, 2010

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  (EDITOR'S NOTE: IMAGE HAS BEEN DIGITALLY DESATURATED) Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 25, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Bottom line, the Yankees are the defending World Series champions.

I think they have a very good shot for pulling off the repeat. The Yankees lost Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrerea and a great prospect in outfielder Austin Jackson, however they did bring in Curtis Granderson, Javier Vazquez, Randy Winn, and Nick Johnson.

The Yankees now have a bolstered rotation, but they still need their older guys like closer Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada. Posada is getting older and his numbers need to stay where they’re at if he wants to be effective this year.

Rivera is also getting older but he is coming off a 44 save season.

The Yankees need numbers like that if they want to solidify their spot as World Series repeat champions.

CA: Jorge Posada
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Robinson Cano
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Brett Gardner
CF: Curtis Granderson
RF: Nick Swisher
DH: Nick Johnson

SP: C.C. Sabathia
SP: A.J. Burnett
SP: Andy Pettitte
SP: Javier Vazquez
SP: Phil Hughes
CP: Mariano Rivera