The Position PlayersIn this our year of dwindling hopes and expectations, I thought what better time than to take a look at whether the Yankees have actually upgraded or downgraded with the acquisitions they’ve made. Given their recent performance on the field, I think I know what overall conclusion I’ll come to, but I’m hoping that I’m wrong.I’ll start at catcher.Brian McCann was signed to a five-year deal and replaces Chris Stewart. Last year Stewart was the epitome of futility at the plate (he hit .211) and behind it (he was second in passed balls with 12).To date, McCann is hitting .238 with 13 home runs (Stewart had four) and has 8 passed balls while throwing out 43% of runners attempting to steal (Stewart had a 31% rate). Given the increase in productivity as well as the better...

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