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5 issues facing the Yankees in 2013

Derek Jeter is helped off the field in

Derek Jeter is helped off the field in the 12th inning during Game 1 of the ALCS. (Oct. 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Derek Jeter's ankle

Range was a concern with Jeter before he broke his left ankle last October. What are the realistic expectations for a 38-year-old shortstop coming off surgery?

Power outage

More than 100 home runs departed in offseason, and it remains to be seen if Yankees are equipped to score in "different ways'' Joe Girardi has said will be necessary. Brett Gardner needs to stay healthy.

The A-Rod circus

The Yankees preferred to have Alex Rodriguez, rehabbing from hip surgery and ensnared in the Biogenesis investigation, stay away to avoid the distraction. If he's ready at midseason, how badly will they need him?

One Mo time

The 43-year-old Mariano Rivera enters his final season in pinstripes having never been more important to the Yankees who, with their other holes, can ill afford closer issues.


The 34-year-old had better stay healthy. The Yankees have few palatable options at third base behind him, as evidenced by GM Brian Cashman's public wooing of the retired Chipper Jones when thoughts turned to moving Youkilis to first base in place of the injured Mark Teixeira.

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