It had been nine years since the New York Yankees tasted the champagne, but after missing the playoffs in 2008, they bounced back to win their 27th World Series title a year ago.
Last winter the Yankees did what they do best, and that is spend money. And spend they did, as they paid out a whopping $423 million for three players in CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira.
Armed with high expectations, things got off to a slow start last year for New York. The team struggled without Alex Rodriguez, who after an offseason of steroid revelations, missed the first month of the season recovering from hip surgery. The Yankees, though, caught fire once the three-time AL MVP returned and went on to win a major-league high 103 games. continue>>