New York Yankees 2011 Season Preview
The New York Yankees fell short in last year's playoffs and spent much of the offseason chasing a top free agent that could put them back over the top.
However, New York's pursuit of Cliff Lee somehow went by the wayside as the Philadelphia Phillies came out of nowhere to sign the talented left-hander to a big contract.
The Yankees tried to salvage their disappointing offseason by signing former Tampa Bay closer Rafael Soriano to be the setup man to Mariano Rivera. New York certainly beefed up the back end of their bullpen, but it is a suspect starting rotation and aging lineup that has many concerned.
The Yankees did managed to re-sign Rivera and shortstop Derek Jeter. Rivera's deal got done pretty quickly after he was nearly unhittable last year, but Jeter's rough 2010 and high contract demands made for a shaky situation.
A.J. Burnett was shaky for much of last season while Andy Pettitte has opted to retire, leaving New York with C.C. Sabathia and a lot of uncetainty in their starting rotation.
They have the power to make up for some deficiencies in their rotation, but unless some of their starters step it up, the bullpen could get taxed early and often. The Yankees remain one of the favorites to get to the World Series, but it won't be an easy road.