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Winter Leagues 11-22 -- YANKEES NEWS
13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 9:38AM #1
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WINTER   LEAGUES   REPORT    11-22-09


 

ARIZONA  FALL  LEAGUE:   The AFL ended this week.  The Yankees had 7 players playing for the Surprise Rafters who finished with a 16-16 record,  2 games out of 1st.


Ian Kennedy--RHP---Kennedy finished strong at the AFL this week in his last start going  5.0 IP,  1 ER,    5 hits.    The most important thing for Kennedy at the AFL was  to  get  some regular work  coming off surgery.     He made 7 starts going  2-1 with a 4.25 ERA.     He threw 29.2 innings which led the league.   14 earned runs,   30 hits.   He had 28 strikeouts with 5 walks.   3 of those 5 walks came in one game. 


Zach Kroenke---LHRP---Kroenke made 11 relief appearances at the AFL.    He ended up  1-0  with 2 saves.    15.1 IP,    9 earned runs,   15 hits,   15 strikeouts--4 walks.         In 2009 Kroenke  had an impressive  season at AAA SWB going 7-1 with a 1.59  ERA out of the bullpen.    

Mike Dunn--LHRP--Dunn made 10 relief appearances at the AFL with a 1-2 record and 1 save.   He threw 10-1 IP,    5 ER,    11 hits.    He had 20 strikeouts,  but he also issued 10 walks.     BAA .268,     with a 2.04 Whip.    His fastball was 94-96.         Dunn  split  time in 2009 between Trenton and SWB going  4-3,   3.31 ERA.      He had an impressive 99 strikeouts in 73 innings,  but he also issued 46 walks. 


Grant Duff---RHRP-----Duff had a solid AFL,  appearing in 10 games.  He had 2 saves,  with  a 2.89 ERA.    9.1  IP,     3 earned runs,   7 hits,  1.29 WHIP,     BAA  .212.     All 3 runs he gave up came in his only bad game.   His fastball was in the 94-95 area.    In 09 between Tampa and Trenton,  71.2 IP,    38ER,    65 hits,    63 K--27 BB,    BAA.236.


Brandon Laird--INF----Laird had a very good AFL hitting .333  in 22 games   (30-90).    He showed good power with 6 homers which tied him for 2nd in the AFL.   He added 9 doubles,  24 rbi,  and scored 20 runs to go with a 4.06 OBP and .633 SLG.      In  2009 Laird  hit. 266,   with 13 HR,    75 rbi  at  A-Tampa.


Colin Curtis--OF---Curtis had an outstanding AFL hitting .397 in 20 games,  (31-78).    He showed good power with 5 homers,  7 doubles,   2 triples.    He had 18 rbi,  19 runs, and 3 stolen bases,  with a   .472 OBP.        Curtis split time in 2009  between  AA Trenton and  SWB hitting  .250,    24 doubles,     7 HR,     48 rbi,    57 runs. 


Austin Romine--C--Romine was hitting  .400  (6-15)  in 4 games at the AFL with 2 rbi before injuring a finger.    Romine hit .276 at A-Tampa in 2009 with 13 HR,    72 rbi,    28 doubles,    61 runs.  


VENEZUELAN  WINTER  LEAGUE


Francisco Cervelli--C--Lara--- Cervelli just began play this week going 3-9 with a double,  2 runs,   2 walks,  and 2 strikeouts.    In 2009 he hit .298 (28-94)  in 42 games for NY.     


Romulo Sanchez--RHP--Lara----Sanchez was just added to the 40 man roster.   He made 3 relief appearances this week for 2.2 IP,  5 ER,  5 hits.     VWL totals:   15 IP,   11 ER,    15 hits,   19 K's--8 walks.    His 2009  AAA totals:    64.2 IP,      29 ER,     66 Hits,    64 K's--34 walks. 


Reegie Corona--INF--Maganelles--Corona was just added to the 40 man roster.   He's having an outstanding winter league.   This week he went 5-11 with a home run,   2 doubles,   2 rbis,  and 4 runs.   VWL totals: .353 (18-51),  HR,  7 doubles,  8 rbis,  14runs.  In 2009  he split time between Trenton  and SWB,  .257,  69 runs,  40  rbi. 


Josh Schmidt--RHP-- Zulia----Schmidt made his 7th start Thursday going   5.0 IP,   1 earned run on 7 hits,    4 K's--1 walk.      VWL totals: 33.1 IP,    16 ER,   35 hits,  28 K's--11walks,    4.32 ERA,    BAA .271.   Schmidt had  a very good year in 09 at Trenton going 8-4,  1.61 ERA.  83.2 IP,    15 ER,    57 hits,   96 K's---38 walks

Eric Wordekemper--RHP--Zulia---Wordekemper has struggled so far in winter ball.       He made 1 relief appearance this week 1.0 IP,  1 run,   2 hits.     VWL totals:   5.1 IP,    9 ER,    11 hits,  1 K--4 walks.      In 2009  he split time between  AA and  AAA,    58.2 IP,    3.38 ERA,     22 ER,     50 hits,     44 K's--15 walks.      


Luis  Nunez--INF--Zulia--Nunez has seen limited action.    This week he was 1-4 with a run and strikeout.    VWL totals:   .250,  6 rbi,   1 run.    He hit .276 in 09  between Tampa and SWB. 


MEXICAN   WINTER   LEAGUE


Jorge Vasquez--1B--Culiacan--Vasquez went 6-14  for the week,  with a home run,  3 rbi,and 3 runs.      MWL totals:    .290   (9-31),  2 HR,    7 rbi,    4 runs.      In 09 at AA Trenton he hit   .329,    56 rbi,  13 HR and  15 doubles  in  225 at bats.  


Walter Ibarra--INF--Hermosillo--Ibarra saw limited action this week going 1-5 with a run scored.      MWL totals:    .293  (12-41),     4 rbi,  8 runs.     In 2009 at  A-Tampa   Ibarra hit   .265,     38 runs,     16 rbi.


DOMINICAN   WINTER   LEAGUE


Ivan Nova---RHP---Escogido----Nova was just added to the 40 man roster and had an outstanding winter league.  DWL totals:  4 starts,  25.2 IP,  ERA  1.05, BAA .187,    3 ER,   17 hits,    17 K's--4 walks.   He finished 09 in the SWB rotation with 2 strong playoff games.  


Juan Miranda--1B---Licey----Miranda just started winter ball 2 weeks ago and is off to a great start.   This week  he went 6-11,  with his 2nd homer and 4 rbi.    DWL totals:  .536  (15-28),    2 HR,    10 rbi,  7 runs. In 2009 at AAA SWB he hit  .290 with  82 rbi, and  19 homers.   


Wilkins  Arias--Aguilas--RHP---Arias made 3 relief appearances this week,   2.2 IP,    0 runs,    3 hits,   4 K's--1 walk.    DWL totals:  12.0 IP,   6 ER,    9 hits,   12 K's--4 walks.     2009 at AA Trenton,   he  went 5-4  with a  3.65 ERA.,   61.2  IP,    53 hits,     25 runs,    66 K's---22  walks.


Eduardo Nunez--INF--Toros---Nunez was just added to the 40 man roster.   He began winter ball last week and has seen only limited action.  In 2 games he's 1-4,  with a walk and run scored.  In 09 at  AA Trenton he hit   .322,    55 rbi,    70 runs,   9 HR,    26 doubles,  19 stolen bases.


Abraham Almonte--OF--Escogido--Almonte has seen limited action mostly as a pinch hitter-pinch runner.   This week he went 2-6 with 3 walks and 3 runs.   DWL totals:  .273 (3-11),    2 rbi,   6 runs,  4 walks.  2009 at A-Charleston  he hit  .280,    56 rbi,   36 SB.  


PUERTO  RICAN  WINTER  LEAGUE:  


Amaury Sanit---RHP---Mayaguez--Sanit made 2 relief appearances this week  0.2 IP,    1 ER,     2 hits.     PRWL totals:   2.0 IP,   1 ER,   3 hits.   Sanit pitched at 3 minor league levels in 2009.    At  AAA SWB,   4.13 ERA,    11 ER,   27 hits,  13 K's---7 BB.


 



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13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 9:42AM #2
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13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 9:52AM #3
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Since steroid confession, Alex Rodriguez has turned into Series hero, while Yuri Sucart's now a zero




The year didn't start out so well for Alex Rodriguez, who was outed as a steroid user in February, but that seems like ancient history to most Yankee fans now.

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The year didn't start out so well for Alex Rodriguez, who was outed as a steroid user in February, but that seems like ancient history to most Yankee fans now.




A-Rod, (c.) who revels after Yankees celebrate World Series-clinching win in Game 6, finally became clutch with numerous big hits.

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A-Rod, (c.) who revels after Yankees celebrate World Series-clinching win in Game 6, finally became clutch with numerous big hits.




Yuri Sucart has struggled since A-Rod's Feb. 17 confession about steroid use, in which the slugger implicated Sucart. Banks have begun foreclosure proceedings on his home and three rental properties.

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Yuri Sucart has struggled since A-Rod's Feb. 17 confession about steroid use, in which the slugger implicated Sucart. Banks have begun foreclosure proceedings on his home and three rental properties.





MIAMI - An entire baseball season has passed since Alex Rodriguez acknowledged using steroids at that awkward spring training press conference in February, and the Yankees' $275 million man has rebounded quite nicely, going from steroid zero to World Series hero in just nine months.


Rodriguez was a beleaguered man after Sports Illustrated reported that he had tested positive for two anabolic steroids in 2003, but he recovered from both his steroid scandal and hip surgery to help the Yankees run away with the American League East. He silenced the critics who said he couldn't perform in the clutch by hitting .365 in the playoffs and driving in 18 runs in 13 games. He won his first World Series ring and paraded through a blizzard of confetti up the Canyon of Heroes.


At the end, A-Rod even got the girl: The notorious skirt-chaser started dating "Almost Famous" star Kate Hudson in May, and their blossoming romance has fueled rumors about future wedding bells. Rodriguez has already bought Hudson a ring: Just last week, the slugger gave his girlfriend her own World Series trophy, a $39,000 Louis Vuitton white-gold ring with pink sapphires and diamonds.


But the cousin Rodriguez claims persuaded him to use steroids from 2001 to 2003 - and then obtained and administered the banned drugs - has not fared so well since A-Rod's mea culpa moment. Banks began foreclosure proceedings on Yuri Sucart's Miami home and three South Florida rental properties in the months after Rodriguez's Feb. 17 news conference.


Perhaps even more disturbing for Sucart, who spent the past 15 years as A-Rod's anonymous go-fer, his rich and famous cousin dragged him out of the shadows and turned him into another steroid sidekick, much like Roger Clemens' former trainer, Brian McNamee, and Barry Bonds' boyhood friend Greg Anderson.


"I think he was disappointed that he was blamed for everything," says John Ruiz, a Miami attorney who represented Sucart in one of the foreclosure proceedings.


Unlike McNamee and Anderson, professional trainers who worked with world-class athletes for years, Sucart is not a fitness guru - he's a pudgy middle-aged man who suffers from lower back pain and other health problems. Rodriguez has a history of letting others take the blame for his blunders - agent Scott Boras, for for example, took the rap after Rodriguez announced in the middle of the 2007 World Series that he was opting out of his contract with the Yankees. But the idea that an elite ballplayer like A-Rod would use performance-enhancing drugs based on the recommendation of a cousin who spent the past decade laying out his clothes and making dinner reservations strains credibility, and Ruiz says it was not right for Rodriguez to drag Sucart into his steroid scandal.



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13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 9:54AM #4
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Yankees & Red Sox battle for hard-throwing Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman




The Yankees are reportedly battling the rival Red Sox for the services of free-agent Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman.

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The Yankees are reportedly battling the rival Red Sox for the services of free-agent Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman.



The last time the two baseball superpowers tangled over a talented Cuban defector, the Yankees signed Jose Contreras and the Red Sox were left steaming, so angry that GM Theo Epstein supposedly kicked chairs at the Nicaragua hotel where both teams negotiated with the pitcher. A furious Sox chief executive Larry Lucchino later dubbed the Yanks. "The Evil Empire," enraging the Steinbrenner clan and adding flames to an already-intense rivalry.


Get ready for another international incident. Many in baseball believe either the Yanks or Sox will sign Aroldis Chapman, a 21-year-old left handed pitcher who has hit 102 miles per hour on the radar gun. Chapman, who defected from Cuba last July and is a free agent, might be the best pitching prospect not already in a major league organization.


"He is an extremely talented guy," says one baseball executive who has seen Chapman pitch. "My bet is that it'll come down to the Yankees and Red Sox, like it always does now. Most of us believe that. To them, it's only money.


"And I think the Yankees will get him. They can give him a big-league contract over five years for $20 million and they don't even feel that."


Chapman met with both teams, as well as the Mets and Orioles, and could meet with the Cardinals, Marlins, Braves and Tigers, too. Chapman was at Yankee Stadium for Game 6 of the AL Championship Series, the Yanks' clinching victory over the Angels. He threw a bullpen session at Fenway Park in front of, among others, Epstein, Boston manager Terry Francona and ex-Sox and Cuban great Luis Tiant.


It's possible that Chapman could throw for teams in a showcase-type setting. If so, "Every GM would probably be there," says one club's coordinator of Latin American scouting. "You'll have a lot of radiation there from all the radar guns."


Chapman has been compared to former college pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick by the Nationals last June, in terms of raw ability. He led Cuba's National Series in strikeouts twice and was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in the World Baseball Classic last March, pitching well against Australia but getting battered by Japan's experienced hitters in another outing.


But despite Chapman's blazing fastball, he is considered less of a finished product than Strasburg, who signed a four-year, $15.1 million deal with Washington after playing at San Deigo State.


"Aroldis is special," says the Latin American scouting coordinator. "He doesn't have the command and control of Strasburg, but he could end up being another Randy Johnson. When Randy was drafted, some people said he'd never get it together and be any good. Aroldis is one of those great talents that comes around and you hope he eventually grows up enough to master it."



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13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 9:55AM #5
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Highly touted Cuban pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman fires agent



Sunday, November 22nd 2009, 4:00 AM




It remains to be seen whether this is an advantage for the Yankees in pursuit of highly touted Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman, but Chapman has fired his agency, Athletes Premier International, and signed with veteran agents Alan and Randy Hendricks, stunning his former reps.


API released a statement Saturday saying the company is "greatly surprised and deeply disappointed" by the switch and that Chapman had not indicated he was unhappy. "We will have more to say about this matter at a later date, but in the meantime we wish Aroldis luck in his future endeavors," the statement added. A source said that API has retained a lawyer in the matter.


The Hendricks have long dealt with the Yankees - they are the agents for Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain and ex-Yank Roger Clemens - and are more experienced than agent Edwin Mejia of API. The Hendricks recently signed Cuban slugger Kendry Morales of the Angels as a client.


That link helped the Hendricks' brothers land Chapman. "He decided to change agents and called Kendry Morales for advice," Randy Hendricks wrote in an e-mail. "Kendry recommended us, and Aroldis hired us. It was all unexpected. We are looking forward to working with him as he advances his career."

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13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 9:59AM #6
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Aroldis Chapman: Everything You Need to Know


BASEBALL  INTELLECT    11-19-09


Click link for full scouting report and videos.


www.baseball-intellect.com/aroldis-chapm...


 


 

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13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 10:02AM #7
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Yankees can wait for Halladay



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13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 10:03AM #8
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Former Yankees on the move


November
21


Last night, when I read that the Houston Astros had signed former Yankees minor league pitcher Jose Valdez, I assumed it was a minor league deal that might be worth a note at some point. Then I read on Mike Ashmore’s blog that Valdez was added to the Astros’ 40-man. Checking the Astros official site confirmed the move. I won’t say this is the most unexpected baseball news I’ve ever read, but it’s close.


Valdez was once fairly highly touted but had fallen into organizational player status with the Yankees. He put up good numbers but was basically a guy who could fill a bullpen role in Double-A and Triple-A. When he came to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, he was the last guy in the pen. Never remotely close to a big league call-up.


“The Valdez kid threw well last season, and he’s lighting up the Dominican Winter League,” Houston GM Ed Wade told mlb.com. “We had a couple of guys see him down there and they felt this kid had a chance to be a real significant contributor to the back end of the bullpen. We gave him a roster spot as a Minor League free agent, which is a rarity.”


Valdez is worth keeping an eye on just to see if the Yankees completely missed the boat.


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Speaking of former Yankees minor league pitchers, Jeff Karstens has been designated for assignment by the Pirates. Pittsburgh previously let Eric Hacker leave as a minor league free agent. Hacker was traded to the Pirates for Romulo Sanchez, who the Yankees just added to the 40-man, so at least the Yankees got the better of the Pirates in one move.


Chase Wright and Matt DeSalvo, by the way, are also minor league free agents. They were part of that massive group of 2007 rookies who made emergency starts for the Yankees. Another from that group, Tyler Clippard, pitched well out of the Nationals bullpen this year and seems to have solidified a major league job.


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13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 10:04AM #9
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World Series trophy making the rounds


November
22


Trophy


Last night I got a most unexpected email from longtime reader of this blog, Ron Hromisin. Turns out, the World Series trophy was back in my old stomping grounds this weekend, and Ron was there to see it.


Al Santasiere, who co-wrote the official retrospective of the old Yankee Stadium, was at Misericordia University — near Scranton in a town called Dallas — for a book signing. The trophy came with him.


“My family and I returned a short time ago from what was the thrill of a lifetime,” Ron wrote. “There it was in all it’s glory, for the first time ever outside of NYY Stadium!!!”


All three exclamation points were Ron’s, and every one of them seemed necessary.




Posted by Chad Jennings on Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 at 9:05 am


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13 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2009 - 10:07AM #10
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To Hang In, a Series Winner Must Learn to Let Go





Published: November 21, 2009


More than any other team in American professional sports, the Yankees cannot afford to rebuild. The team’s partnership with the YES regional sports network is too lucrative when the Yankees are winning, their hulking palace of a stadium is too much of a cash cow, the local and national news media are too demanding, and the fans are too hooked on success.



Josh Haner/The New York Times

Statistically, keeping a player like Mariano Rivera, who turns 40 next Sunday, i






Fortunately for them, they do not have to rebuild. Blessed with far and away the biggest revenue stream in Major League Baseball, the Yankees never have to ask whether they can afford to keep a player. If they cannot afford it, no one can.


That does not mean the Yankees should want to keep all their players from one year to the next — not even after winning a World Series. Getting too attached to the players who won a title can prove costly for a championship team.


A survey of the 25-man rosters of the 14 World Series winners since Major League Baseball added wild-card teams, the same teams’ rosters a year later and their subsequent results, found that 97 players did not return for the season after a championship. That is an average turnover of almost seven players per team, a rate of about 28 percent. Delete the 1997 Florida Marlins, who celebrated their World Series win by dumping 60 percent of their roster in a fire sale, and the turnover rate falls to about six players per team for the remaining 13 clubs, about 25 percent.


In the year after a World Series victory, 6 of the 13 defending champions turned over one-quarter or less of their rosters. Those six low-turnover teams combined to lose 47 more games the next season, an average drop of nearly eight games from one year to the next.


On the flip side, the seven teams that had greater than 25 percent turnover combined to lose three more games in the season after their World Series triumphs — a difference of less than one victory per team.


So what happened to the stand-pat teams that made them fare so much worse? The 2002 Anaheim Angels provide a useful illustration.


As is often the case on a World Series-winning team, several players had career years. The team’s top right-handed starter, Ramon Ortiz, had career bests in earned run average, strikeouts and innings pitched. The left-hander Jarrod Washburn posted career bests in victories, E.R.A. and strikeouts. The herky-jerky relief pitcher Ben Weber had the best season of his career. First baseman Scott Spiezio had the best year of his career in the regular season, then did a mean Albert Pujols impression in the postseason. Adam Kennedy, another playoff star, set career highs in batting average and on-base plus slugging percentage.


Statistical analysis was not yet mainstream, with “Moneyball” still a few months from hitting the baseball world. Still, it did not take Bill James to know that a starter who had yielded 40 home runs in a season (Ortiz) might not be all that good or that a first baseman entering his 30s (Spiezio) who had never hit more than 17 homers in a season might not be championship-caliber.


Moreover, someone had to know that batting average was a highly variable statistic that owes a lot to luck and opposition defense, making the Angels’ majors-leading .282 a shaky pillar upon which to build an offense. Or that the team’s major-league-best .290 average with runners in scoring position might be tough to replicate, unless the Angels found a way to assemble a roster of players imbued with clutch-hitter pixie dust.


All World Series-winning teams face the prospect of regression to the mean, meaning one-year great performances inevitably, eventually, pull back to career norms. Spitting in the face of player- and team-related regression fears, the 2002 Angels replaced just two players from their championship team. In 2003, they lost 22 more games, finishing below .500 in third place in the American League West.


The Yankees face another regression-related situation. They had an old roster in 2009. Two of the top three starters, five of the nine starting batters as well as the Hall of Fame closer were 33 or older.


It is possible that 35-year-old Hideki Matsui’s knee problems are behind him and that 28-homer seasons will remain the norm. It is conceivable that Johnny Damon’s tying a career high for homers at 35 (he turned 36 on Nov. 5) means we should expect a big power threat for the next half-decade. It is imaginable that Andy Pettitte, a 15-year veteran who has flirted with retirement in recent years and has nearly 3,000 regular-season innings under his belt, will keep winning games well into his late 30s and beyond.


But it is not likely. Few players are more likely to see a regression in their numbers than those getting well into their 30s who have suddenly had a big bounce-back season. The Yankees caught lightning in a bottle with Matsui, Damon and Pettitte, who are free agents, as well as incumbent 30-somethings like Jorge Posada. Even (gasp) Mariano Rivera cannot fight Father Time forever.


The 2002 Angels are the prime example for teams that ignored the risks of regression. And history is littered with World Series winners who grew complacent and paid the price the next season.


This off-season, if the Yankees want to repeat, they should try to add younger players. By doing that, they will also avoid the trap of complacency. 




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