LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2013 — The New York Yankees are the defending American League East champions, having finished with a 95-67 record, but they faltered in the playoffs. Unfortunately for New York fans, a repeat of the 2012 finish would be a very long shot for the 2013 Yankees.
The Yankees will head into the summer already behind the eight ball as Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira will start the year on the DL. Rodriguez may be out for the year, while Granderson and Teixeira will be out until May.
New York will need Derek Jeter to have another career year like he did last year. They also need Robinson Cano, by far the best second baseman in the game and in a contract year, to have a fast start if the Yankees want a chance at the post season.
The American League East is very competitive this year, and the Yankees will most likely be on the outside looking in. They intend to be under the luxury tax threshold next year, so things may not turn around for a while in New York.
Projected payroll: $207,685,000
Notable Players Out: DH Raul Ibanez, RF Nick Swisher, C Russell Martin, 3B Eric Chavez
Notable Players In: 3B Kevin Youkilis, DH Travis Hafner, LF Juan Rivera, 1B Dan Johnson
Prospect Watch: OF Slade Heathcott and RHP Brett Marshall
Highlight Hitter: 2B Robinson Cano (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .301/.351/.503 29 HR/94 R/100 RBI)
Highlight Pitcher: RHP CC Sabathia (ZiPS 2013 Projections: 14-8, 3.60 ERA, 8.19 K/9, 202.3 IP)
Projected Lineup: C Chris Stewart, 1B Dan Johnson, 2B Robinson Cano, 3B Kevin Youkilis, SS Derek Jeter, LF Juan Rivera, CF Brett Gardner, RF Ichiro Suzuki, DH Travis Hafner
Projected Rotation: RHP CC Sabathia, RHP Hiroki Kuroda, LHP Andy Pettitte, RHP Phil Hughes, RHP Ivan Nova
Projected Closer: RHP Mariano Rivera
Manager: Joe Girardi
Projected 2013 Finish in AL East: 1. TBA 2. TBA 3. TBA 4. New York Yankees 5. Boston Red Sox
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