The Yankees’ defense over the past few years, perhaps over the bulk of the decade, hasn’t been very good. Whether they trot out a crew of all-bat, no-D players, or whether they give playing time to guys whose D has drastically declined, the Yanks have been below-average preventing batted balls from turning into hits. Eric Seidman at FanGraphs takes a look at the phenomenon using UZR. I know that some have a problem with defensive stats, but what our eyes, or at least my eyes, saw in 2005 is consistent with the numbers. The Yanks D was terrible. Thankfully, it appears that the team will field potentially average or above average players at every position (except Jeter, of course) this year.