Despite spending spree, Yanks have issues

BY Ken Rosenthal • February 15, 2009

The crazy thing about the Yankees is that they are full of questions, even after spending $441 million on free agents, even before dealing with Hurricane Alex.

So much depends upon the recoveries of catcher Jorge Posada, closer Mariano Rivera and outfielder Hideki Matsui from their respective surgeries.

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Even the Yankees' two big free-agent pitching additions — lefty CC Sabathia and righty A.J. Burnett — are not certain to justify their respective free-agent contracts.

In order of importance, here is a look at the issues facing the Yankees, non-A-Rod division.

Rodriguez's own list — from steroids to Madonna to Selena Roberts' upcoming book — will require a separate column, if not a mini-series.

1. Rivera

The most indispensable Yankee, his failure to recover adequately from the removal of a bone spur in his shoulder could disrupt the team's entire pitching staff.

Manager Joe Girardi says the Yankees probably would use a closer-by-committee if Rivera was not ready by Opening Day, but did not rule out returning Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen, if necessary.

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