2010 record/finish: 95-67, second place, wild card
Manager: Joe Girardi (fourth season)
Key additions: C Russell Martin, RHP Rafael Soriano, OF/DH Andruw Jones, RHP Kevin Millwood, RHP Freddy Garcia
Key losses: 1B Lance Berkman, OF Austin Kearns, LHP Andy Pettitte, RHP Javier Vazquez, RHP Kerry Wood.
Outlook: It was a tough offseason for the Yankees, who didn’t get Cliff Lee or Zack Greinke. Consequently, there are questions about their starting rotation now that Pettitte has retired. They still have one of the best everyday lineups, although it is aging, and the bullpen, with the addition of Soriano, is one of baseball’s best.
Player to watch: RHP Ivan Nova. Just 24, the hard-throwing right-hander seems headed for the starting rotation. His success this spring has Yankees fans and N.Y. writers already predicting greatness.
Will win the east if ... starter A.J. Burnett starts earning some of his gargantuan contract and Nova is as good as advertised.