(Pretend the dude in the middle is Gardner. Courtesy of the AP)
While the starting infield looks a lot different than it did at this time last year, I don't think I'd label the changes as a "makeover". It's an impossible argument to make that this year's projected starting infield is better than last year's and I won't waste my time or yours trying to make it. Moving to the outfield, however, that makeover label starts to fit a lot better. This year's projected starting group, which includes 2 of the Yankees' premiere FA signings, looks much better and more well-balanced on paper than last year's. There's above-average defense, better batting average and all-around on-base skills, fewer strikeouts, and enough pop in the bats to keep opposing pitchers honest. After the jump, the knowns and unknowns for this remade starting outfield.