The best player is one of six key names who can be free agents at the end of the season. The third baseman is fifth on the all-time home run list with 647 and nobody knows if he will ever hit another. The first baseman has been ill or hurt the previous two years when he has hit an unacceptable combined .249 . And the manager is in the final leg of a three-year deal.

And yet, be careful to predict the Yankees are DOA going into spring training. There is enough talent to contend for a playoff spot, and don’t discount in-season additions as long as they don’t come with money beyond this season.

Still, the age issue can’t be ignored. Their Opening Day lineup will be the oldest in baseball. Nor can the gaping hole at catcher.


Even though he isn’t expected back from hip surgery until July at the earliest, Alex Rodriguez being linked to a South Florida anti-aging factory and PEDs is the winner here.

The feds and MLB are investigating Anthony Bosch and his relationship with players, and the biggest name in the mess is Rodriguez, who hasn’t publicly addressed the situation.

The Yankees are mum on whether Rodriguez will be in Tampa to rehab the hip but even if he isn’t physically in camp his shadow will dominate.