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Yankees' catcher Francisco Cervelli after batting practice on Field 1 at George Steinbrenner Field during spring training in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Meet the 2013 Yankees

Newsday's Anthony Rieber offers notes on the players who will comprise the Yankees' roster for 2013.

DAVID AARDSMA, reliever The Yankees signed the righthander
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DAVID AARDSMA, reliever
The Yankees signed the righthander after he underwent Tommy John surgery, paid him for a year to rehab, and hope he can help them in the bullpen this year. |

BRENNAN BOESCH, utility Something’s up when a 27-year-old
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BRENNAN BOESCH, utility
Something’s up when a 27-year-old lefty power hitter is released. Either Boesch will be a steal for the Yankees or the Tigers knew something the Yankees haven't learned yet. |

ROBINSON CANO, second baseman In this last year
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ROBINSON CANO, second baseman
In this last year of his contract, Cano comes off a putrid postseason and then a spectacular World Baseball Classic. One of the few Yankees in his prime, he has something extra to play for: Money. MVP not out of the question. |

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FRANCISCO CERVELLI, catcher After spending almost all of
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FRANCISCO CERVELLI, catcher
After spending almost all of 2012 in the minors, the excitable Cervelli seemed to be making the most of his chance to be the Yanks' No. 1 catcher in spring training. |

JOBA CHAMBERLAIN, reliever Starter? Closer? How about neither.
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JOBA CHAMBERLAIN, reliever
Starter? Closer? How about neither. Chamberlain is a good middle reliever and probably nothing more at this point. He's getting expensive, so this could be his last year as a Yankee. |

CODY EPPLEY, reliever The sidearmer teamed with Clay
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CODY EPPLEY, reliever
The sidearmer teamed with Clay Rapada for a quite effective righty-lefty specialist tandem in 2012. Eppley throws a ton of groundballs and he could be hurt if the Yankees' infield defense is suspect. |

BEN FRANCISCO, outfielder Francisco hit .213 with one
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BEN FRANCISCO, outfielder
Francisco hit .213 with one home run against lefties in 94 at-bats in 2012. It's .252 lifetime. If he can improve on that, he could get some playing time. |

BRETT GARDNER, outfielder Gardner will open the season
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BRETT GARDNER, outfielder
Gardner will open the season in center and could see some time at leadoff. He played in only 16 regular-season games in 2012 because of elbow troubles. |

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CURTIS GRANDERSON, outfielder Strikeouts, home runs, a low
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CURTIS GRANDERSON, outfielder
Strikeouts, home runs, a low batting average and durability. Granderson promised all four until he was hit in the forearm by a pitch in spring training. Should be back by May. |

TRAVIS HAFNER, designated hitter If he stays healthy,
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TRAVIS HAFNER, designated hitter
If he stays healthy, he can hit homers and get on base as a lefty DH. Hasn't had 500 at-bats since 2007. |

PHIL HUGHES, starter Slowed by two bulging discs
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PHIL HUGHES, starter
Slowed by two bulging discs in his back in spring training, Hughes was rounding into form as camp ended. Win totals last four seasons: 8, 18, 5, 16. By that pattern this will be a single-digit year. |

HIROKI KURODA, starter Raw numbers were exactly what
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HIROKI KURODA, starter
Raw numbers were exactly what they were with the Dodgers in 2011. Considering the switch of leagues and ballparks, that means Kuroda was one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2012. |

DEREK JETER, shortstop The Yankees have to hope
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DEREK JETER, shortstop
The Yankees have to hope Jeter’s ankle isn't a season-long concern. The captain turns 39 in June. He had a remarkable 2012; few shortstops ever have contributed so much at such an advanced age. |

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BOONE LOGAN, reliever Lefty didn't make his first
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BOONE LOGAN, reliever
Lefty didn't make his first spring appearance until March 19 because of elbow soreness. Appearances the last three years: 51, 64, 80. With Clay Rapada hurt, Yankees hope that elbow holds up. |

JAYSON NIX, utility Your basic utilityman, Nix can
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JAYSON NIX, utility
Your basic utilityman, Nix can play the infield and outfield and field everything hit his way. If he plays a lot, though, that probably means the Yankees are in trouble. |

IVAN NOVA, starter Proof that wins aren't valued
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IVAN NOVA, starter
Proof that wins aren't valued like they used to be: Nova has 28 over the last two years. Still, he frustrates the Yanks and could be nosed out by David Phelps for a rotation spot if everyone is healthy. |

EDUARDO NUNEZ, infielder Nunez hasn't shown that he
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EDUARDO NUNEZ, infielder
Nunez hasn't shown that he can field at a passable level at any position, but the Yankees are going to try him as Derek Jeter's shortstop caddie. Can hit and run. |

ANDY PETTITTE, starter At 40, the only question
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ANDY PETTITTE, starter
At 40, the only question seems to be how many starts Pettitte can make and how many more years he wants to pitch. In his last full season (2010), he threw 129 innings. Does he have 200 in him? |

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DAVID PHELPS, starter/long relief Could explode into a
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DAVID PHELPS, starter/long relief
Could explode into a reliable rotation piece this year. He gets strikeouts (96 in 99 innings last year) despite not having great stuff. The Yankees need someone to improve and be more than they expected. |

MICHAEL PINEDA, starter Will start the season on
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MICHAEL PINEDA, starter
Will start the season on the DL after missing all of 2012 following shoulder surgery. Still just 24, will he ever be what the Yankees thought they were trading for? Check back in July. |

CLAY RAPADA, reliever The lefty specialist pitched in
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CLAY RAPADA, reliever
The lefty specialist pitched in 70 games and amassed 38 1/3 innings. Will start the season on the DL with shoulder bursitis. |

MARIANO RIVERA, closer His farewell tour will likely
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MARIANO RIVERA, closer
His farewell tour will likely include ceremonies for his last visit to each MLB park, many saves and even more broken bats. If spring training is any guide, his stuff is as good as ever. |

DAVID ROBERTSON, reliever Didn't seem comfortable in his
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DAVID ROBERTSON, reliever
Didn't seem comfortable in his brief time as Mariano Rivera's fill-in last season, but continued to excel as eighth-inning guy. Will he replace Rivera in 2014? Big shoes for the man with high socks. |

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ALEX RODRIGUEZ, third baseman Expected to miss the
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ALEX RODRIGUEZ, third baseman
Expected to miss the first half of the season after hip surgery. Turns 38 in July. Will he be on the field by then? Will he be good if he is? |

CC SABATHIA, starter Threw 200 innings last year
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CC SABATHIA, starter
Threw 200 innings last year despite two stints on the disabled list. Feeling better after elbow surgery, the Yankees have no shot if he's not there for 200-plus this season. |

CHRIS STEWART, catcher Stewart and Francisico Cervelli will
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CHRIS STEWART, catcher
Stewart and Francisico Cervelli will likely be more 60/40 than true No. 1 and No. 2 catchers. Stewart has a little pop — very little — and can catch. Careers have been built on less. |

ICHIRO SUZUKI, outfielder Ichiro hit .322 after joining
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ICHIRO SUZUKI, outfielder
Ichiro hit .322 after joining the Yankees and .359 at Yankee Stadium. No wonder he became a fan favorite. A rare superstar who seems to have no ego and will play any of the OF positions and bat anywhere in lineup if asked. |

MARK TEIXEIRA, first baseman Teixeira's wrist injury could
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MARK TEIXEIRA, first baseman
Teixeira's wrist injury could keep him out until May (best case) or could wreck his whole season if he needs surgery (worst case). Yankees need his stability in lineup and at first. |

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KEVIN YOUKILIS, third baseman/first baseman Youkilis was signed
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KEVIN YOUKILIS, third baseman/first baseman
Youkilis was signed to fill in for A-Rod. He bounced back with the White Sox last season after a tough start with the Red Sox. At this point, good for around 500 at-bats and a stint or two on the DL. |

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