New York Yankees: A fountain of youth
The Yankees projected starting lineup features seven players over the age of 30; shortstop Didi Gregorius and newly acquired second baseman Starlin Castro are the only starters in their twenties. Despite their old age, the team remains talented and always seems to find a way to win.
In every season since 1992, the Yankees have posted a winning record and have only missed the playoffs four times over that span. As they continue getting older, however, the talent is sure to begin fading.
Young players such as Gregory Bird, Rob Refsnyder, and Luis Severino have shown flashes of what the Yankees’ future might look like. Bird and Refsnyder, however, are blocked in the starting lineup, as are outfielder Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez. In addition, the Yankees’ willingness to spend money will likely always keep them in contention.
That said, a little dip in the Fountain of Youth surely wouldn’t hurt. Alex Rodriguez is still playing at a high level despite having turned 40 this past season, and guys like Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira are also continuing to play well as they approach the 40-year-old plateau. Keeping them young for a few extra years certainly wouldn’t hurt the Yankees.
Stocking Stuffers: a jar of pine tar for Michael Pineda and robotic arms for Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller so they can pitch in all 162 games.