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Derek Jeter Credit: Derek Jeter (Getty)

The Yankees are ready to party like it’s 2006. Unfortunately, it’s 2013.

If reports are correct and general manager Brian Cashman does reacquire former Yankees second baseman — now a left fielder — Alfonso Soriano, that will give the Yankees five of the 16 position players who started in the All-Star Game from seven years ago. None are younger than 34 today.

Those aren’t the only current Yankees who were studs back in ’06. Here’s a then-and-now look at 11 of these hitters, including prospective Yankee Soriano.

Mark Teixeira, 1B
2006 stats:
162 G, .282 BA, 33 HRs, 110 RBIs
Teixeira was just 26 when he posted his third straight season of at least 30 homers and 100 RBI for the Rangers.
2013 stats: 15 G, .151 BA, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs
At 33, his campaign is already over due to a wrist injury.

Robinson Cano, 2B
2006 stats:
122 G, .342 BA,15 HRs, 78 RBIs
Cano was a 23-year-old first-time All-Star reserve seven years ago.
2013 stats: 99 G, .303 BA, 21 HRs, 69 RBIs
He’s the only player in the group whose numbers are significantly better now. He’s also the youngest of these 11 players.

Alex Rodriguez, 3B
2006 stats:
154 G, .290 BA, 35 HRs, 121 RBIs
A-Rod’s ’06 campaign was sandwiched between his two AL MVP seasons in the Bronx.
2013 stats: none
Recovery from hip surgery has kept the $275 Million Man out this whole season, and talk of a looming suspension won’t help matters.

Derek Jeter, SS
2006 stats:
154 G, .343 BA, 14 HRs, 97 RBIs, 34 SBs
The captain finished second in the 2006 AL MVP voting, the closest he ever came to winning the award.
2013 stats: 1 G, .250 BA, 0 HRs, 1 RBI, 0 SBs
Multiple ankle fractures and now a quad injury have limited the 39-year-old to four at-bats this year.

Alfonso Soriano, OF
2006 stats:
159 G, .277 BA, 46 HRs, 95 RBIs, 41 SBs
The Nationals moved Soriano to the outfield for his only year in Washington, where he produced the fourth and most-recent 40-40 season in baseball.
2013 stats: 92 G, .256 BA, 17 HRs, 51 RBIs, 10 SBs
At 37, his numbers have been solid this season for the Cubs.

Vernon Wells, OF
2006 stats:
154 G, .303 BA, 32 HRs, 106 RBIs, 17 SBs
The Blue Jays rewarded Wells with a long-term extension following his the season.
2013 stats: 90 G, .238 BA, 10 HRs, 37 RBIs, 4 SBs
He started off well, but his production has plummeted. At least the Angels are footing most of the bill.

Ichiro Suzuki, OF
2006 stats:
161 G, .322 BA, 9 HRs, 49 RBIs, 45 SBs
The Japanese star was still a perennial 200-hit-a-year producer and elite leadoff hitter for Seattle.
2013 stats: 93 G, .277 BA, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 14 SBs
Even at 39, he’s been one of the better Yankee hitters in this disappointing season.

Travis Hafner, DH
2006 stats:
129 G, .308 BA, 42 HRs, 117 RBIs
“Pronk” tied Don Mattingly’s record with six grand slams in a season for the Indians.
2013 stats: 78 G, .210 BA, 12 HRs, 37 RBIs
The Yankees knew they were getting power and not much else when they signed him in February.

Curtis Granderson, OF
2006 stats:
159 G, .260 BA, 19 HRs, 68 RBIs
At 25, Granderson helped the Tigers reach the World Series in his first full-year as a starter.
2013 stats: 8 G, .250 BA, 1 HR, 1 RBI
He’s been snakebit in his walk year, with separate pitches breaking his forearm and knuckle this season.

Lyle Overbay, 1B
2006 stats:
157 G, .312 BA, 22 HRs, 92 RBIs
This was as good as it got for Overbay in his first year with Toronto.
2013 stats: 90 G, .257 BA, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs
Few expected even this level of production from a 36-year-old player signed off the scrap heap in late March.

Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B
2006 stats:
147 G, .279 BA, 13 HRs, 72 RBIs
He scored a career-high 100 runs in his first full-year as a starter with the Red Sox.
2013 stats: 28 G, .219 BA, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs
He’s always been injury-prone, but it looks like he may not be back at all this year.
 

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