(Courtesy of Reuters)
Once the biggest pillar of the team's offensive strength, the Yankee infield came into the 2013 season a crumbling, weather version of its former self and the first place to point to when making a case against handing out long-term contracts to players approaching their 30s. The Yankee infield was old, injured, and regressing at the corners, older and more injured at shortstop, and heading for free agency while already on the wrong side of the age 30 threshold at second. That was just in Spring Training too, and none of those descriptions changed for the better once the regular season started.
It was long and difficult year around the Yankee infield, one that I don't think anybody quite saw coming. I know I didn't back in March when I first outlined what we knew and didn't know about this group. Even in my attempt to stay grounded with my expectations, I was still way too optimistic about the prospects of 2013 being a good year for the infield. Lesson learned there I guess, along with these others.