What a difference a year makes – The Yankees enter 2014 full of new faces

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What a difference a year can make. The 2014 Yankees lineup will consist of only one player (Brett Gardner) who was in the 2013 opening day lineup.

This offseason the Yankees came out swinging, spending over half a billion dollars to revamp this roster. Despite  their spending spree, the Red Sox are still considered the favorites to repeat as division champions. Some analyst are even projecting the Rays to finish above the Yankees as well. I see this working to the Yankees benefit, sometimes being an underdog, and I use that term very loosely for a team with a $200 million dollar payroll, can be used as season long motivation.

2013

  1. Brett Gardner CF
  2. Eduardo Nunez SS
  3. Robinson Cano 2B
  4. Kevin Youkilis 1B
  5. Vernon Wells LF
  6. Ben Francisco DH
  7. Ichiro Suzuki RF
  8. Jayson Nix 3B
  9. Francisco Cervelli C

Starting Pitcher: CC Sabathia

2014 (projected):

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
  2. Derek Jeter SS
  3. Carlos Beltran RF
  4. Brian McCann C
  5. Mark Teixeira 1B
  6. Alfonso Soriano DH
  7. Brett Gardner LF
  8. Brian Roberts 2B
  9. Kelly Johnson 3B

Starting Pitcher: CC Sabathia

The biggest concern I have for this roster is if they can remain healthy. This is an aging roster with a long list of injuries up and down the lineup. Jeter and Teixeira are returning from injury plagued seasons, Brian Roberts hasn’t played a full season in a few years now and Jacoby Ellsbury is well-known to be injury prone. Brian McCann has also spent his share of time on the DL the past three seasons, which doesn’t bode well for a 30-year-old catcher.

If, and its a big if, they can remain healthy, I see no reason why the Yankees won’t be competing for a division title down the stretch and at the very least snag one of the wild card spots.

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