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New York Yankees

Players to Watch    Scouting Report | By the Numbers | Projected Roster

The X-Factor

Has it really been 15 years since that tall, lanky kid with the Ted Williams swing joined the Mets? Darryl Strawberry, now 36, may be a shadow of the powder keg he once was, but that doesn't mean George Steinbrenner can't dream. Strawberry is expected to start in left, with one very clear goal: 25 home runs. If he can reach that, Strawberry and fellow lefthanders Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez will make the Yankees murderous for the AL East's mostly righthanded starters. That should be enough to put the Yankees in command again and put Straw back in the New York spotlight.

Off-Season Moves

What They Needed:A third baseman to replace Charlie Hayes and Wade Boggs, and a starter to replace Doc Gooden. Also, a designated hitter and a second baseman not named Luis Sojo.

What They Got: DH Chili Davis; third basemen Scott Brosius and Dale Sveum; long reliever Darren Holmes; and Chuck Knoblauch, one of the AL's best second basemen, from the Twins.

What it All Means: Davis will contribute more pop than the exiled Cecil Fielder did, and Holmes can be used as either a starter or a reliever. Whether Brosius still has it is a question, but not a particularly pressing one on a team this deep. If the starting pitchers—mainly David Cone, Andy Pettitte and David Wells—stay healthy, this is the team to beat in the East.

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