This is the weakest team the Yankees have fielded in at least a decade. With Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira joining Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list to start the year, and with two 39-year-olds (Derek Jeter and Ichiro) in the every-day lineup, and with no catcher to speak of, a poor opening month seems likely. As unthinkable as it might be for a team with a $200 million payroll in a city as demanding as New York, general manager Brian Cashman can't give his aging, fragile team much rope this year: He should cash in free-agents-to-be Granderson, Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Kevin Youkilis for prospects. The team is in transition, with just five players under contract for 2014, a desire to get under the luxury-tax threshold ($189 million) and a crop of promising prospects due to start arriving in '15. Believe it, New Yorkers: If missing one pennant race with a roster that is the third best in the division makes it even a little more likely that the Bombers can win the AL East in the second half of the decade, it will be worth it.