Raw EWSL: 297.00 (99 W)
Adjusted: 317.17 (106 W)
Age-Adj.: 280.18 (93 W)
POS Age PLAYER Raw EWSL Age Adj C 34 Jorge Posada 21 19 1B 35 Jason Giambi 19 14 2B 23 Robinson Cano* 6 17 SS 32 Derek Jeter 25 22 3B 30 Alex Rodriguez 32 31 RF 37 Gary Sheffield 32 22 CF 32 Johnny Damon 24 21 LF 32 Hideki Matsui 25 22 DH 37 Bernie Williams 13 9 C2 36 Kelly Stinnett 2 1 INF 32 Miguel Cairo 7 6 OF 29 Bubba Crosby+ 1 6 13 29 Andy Phillips+ 0 6 SP1 42 Randy Johnson 17 16 SP2 37 Mike Mussina 12 11 SP3 30 Carl Pavano 10 8 SP4 26 Chien-Ming Wang 4 7 SP5 28 Shawn Chacon 7 8 RP1 36 Mariano Rivera 18 15 RP2 30 Kyle Farnsworth 9 7 RP3 36 Ron Villone 6 5 RP4 34 Aaron Small 4 3 RP5 30 Jaret Wright 5 4
Other pitchers we are likely to see include Tanyan Sturtze and, if he gets healthy enough to pitch this season, Octavio Dotel. Carl Pavano is clearly the key guy on this team; a solid year from Pavano gives them three dependable starters, with a chance for 4 if Wang holds up (no, I don't expect the fairy godmother to give Chacon and Small a new set of ball gowns this season), and could take the pressure off a bullpen that yet again is shaky behind the sandman. On offense, the Yanks are 8 men and out once again, with the decrepit Bernie eating up at bats and minimal help from the bench. And, of course, this is an old, old team.
With Bonds ailing last season and Palmeiro having hung it up, we haven't yet had a test of a guy with the kind of steroids bullseye Sheffield now has painted on him; 2006 will be that test, and we'll see if Sheff proves that he's still impervious both to age and to the media. Long term, of course, if it turns out that a lot of the performances by mid/late-30s slugging of the past decade have been steroids-driven, and those performances don't hold up in the future under the new testing regimes (two big ifs), that could adversely impact Steinbrenner's business model of buying established over-30 veterans.
I'm not optimistic about Cano, who came into camp out of shape and isn't the most disciplined player to start with.
I think the Crank needs to take a look at the spring Chacon and Cano have had. And by God, if Robbie's out of shape, I don't wanna know what I am: