New York Yankees’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

New York Yankees' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

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Injuries have derailed the New York Yankees throughout the first quarter of the long MLB season, but the talent is there for this team to win the World Series. While they will continually be called the oldest team in the league, the Yankees have a decent mix of youth and experience, and that will be a big factor come playoff time. Here are five irreplaceable Yankees right now.

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5. Dellin Betances

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5. Dellin Betances

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Say what you want about Dellin Betances' previous seasons, but the 26-year-old is having one heck of a season in the bullpen for the Yankees. Betances has a 1.73 ERA in 26 innings and his opponents' batting average against him is .156. If it weren't for Betances, this bullpen would be among the worst in the league.

4. Brett Gardner

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4. Brett Gardner

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Before the season, rumors swirled that the Yankees were going to trade the speedy outfielder to bring in an infielder or a pitcher. In hindsight, the Yankees made a smart move in keeping Gardner, as he has had an extremely productive season. Gardner is hitting .304 and he also has 11 stolen bases. Another thing to remember is that he has done a great job fielding in left field.

3. Jacoby Ellsbury

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3. Jacoby Ellsbury

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Jacoby Ellsbury started the year on a tear, but he has had trouble hitting the ball in recent weeks. Ellsbury is obviously one of the best outfielders in the league when healthy. That being said, if Ellsbury can stay healthy for the remainder of the year, it will go a long way for the Yankees and their playoff chase. Something that is really concerning to me is that he only has one home run.

2. Yangervis Solarte

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2. Yangervis Solarte

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Perhaps the best surprise in all of baseball this season is Yangervis Solarte, a 26-year-old journeyman that has truly been a godsend to this Yankees team so far. Hitting .317 with five home runs and 24 RBIs, Solarte has been the biggest contributor in this offense. While he is not the typical Yankee, the starting third basemen job is Solarte's until he loses it.

1. Masahiro Tanaka

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1. Masahiro Tanaka

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As good as advertised, that's how good Masahiro Tanaka has been for the Yankees this season. Before the season, general manager Brian Cashman said that the Yankees viewed as a No. 3 starter. After C.C. Sabathia's ineptitude, Ivan Nova's season-ending elbow injury, and Michael Pineda's pine tar issue, Tanaka has been pressed with a hard task and he is responding extremely well to it.

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