A costly aging problem for Yankees

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,MLB,Jeffrey Tomik

This upcoming season may finally be the year the Yankees' careless spending and aging stars catch up to them.

New York has missed the playoffs just once in the last 18 seasons, but there are already concerns about its star-studded left side of the infield.

The Yankees will be without 37-year-old third baseman Alex Rodriguez for most of the first half of the 2013 season because of a second hip surgery, and he still has $114 million on his contract through 2017.

Meanwhile, 38-year-old shortstop Derek Jeter, who will make $17 million in 2013, is in a walking boot and is expected to be limited in spring training with a fractured ankle.

In related news about injured aging Yankee greats, New York brought back 43-year-old Mariano Rivera on a one-year, $10 million deal after the closer missed most of the 2012 season with a knee injury.

With all the uncertainties, it's paramount for New York to focus on adding depth this offseason.

- Jeffrey Tomik

jtomik@washingtonexaminer.com

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