Be forewarned: What follows will be depressing. Any analysis of the 2013 Yankees lineup figures to be as such. Especially when compared with their past versions.

The Yankees neared a deal for former All-Star outfielder Vernon Wells, who has degraded into such a state where the Angels no longer had use for him, despite the $42 million owed these next two seasons. The Yankees are reported to be paying $13 million from that tab – a sizable sum for a player who has batted .222 the last two years.

The arrival of Wells coincides with the quiet exit of Derek Jeter, who will not be ready by Opening Day. His exact return date is unknown. Brian Cashman set April 6 as a target, but that appears quite optimistic. Thus the Yankees lineup on April 1 will be quite weaker than the one which began the season in 2012.