The New York Yankees, one the most loved teams and one of the most hated. The Yankees have a history that rivals that of any other sports teams. 27 World Championships, the most recent coming this past season in 2009.
The new year arrives, a new season, and the Yankees are looking to repeat. Many additions have been made to the Yankees team, but they have also lost many players that could prove to have been critical to their Championship success.
Key additions to the Yankees teams include Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson, Chan Ho Park, Marcus Thames, Javier Vazquez, and Randy Winn. All great players who have proven themselves in the bigs. The obvious big names are Granderson a young outfielder acquired from the Detroit Tigers, he has proven himself to be a great defender and a good hitter, despite a slump last year. The second big name would be Javier Vazquez a veteran pitcher of 12 seasons who won 15 games last year with the Braves. The additions to the Yankees team are extensive and it doesn't look like production offensively and defensively will be a problem.
However with every off season comes the loss of players that were key to your success last year. This off season the Yankees lost Melky Cabrera, Phil Coke, Johnny Damon, Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy, Hideki Matsui, Jose Molina, Xavier Nady, and Chien-Ming Wang. All of these players were key in the play that the Yankees had last year and Austin Jackson was the number one prospect that the Yankees had in the farm system. Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy are two losses in the bull-pen and possible starting rotation that will be difficult to be replace. Melky Cabrera was a bright young outfielder that had turned into a fan favorite, Damon was a veteran that has put in many great seasons. Finally Molina was a back-up catcher to Jorge Posada who will have to be replaced at some point.
All in all, the Yankees team looks like they will be coming back for another championship season to add to their historic legacy. The only other possible issue would be the distraction of the expiring contracts of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Manager Joe Girardi. However all of those listed have said that there is no distraction and they have no intention of leaving and are simply waiting until the end of the season when the Yankees will offer them new contracts.
For the upcoming season watch for the New York Yankees to make a run for their 28th World Championship and put up numbers that may even be better than their last seasons'.