This year the Yankees are almost as big a surprise as the Sox because they are winning without Teixeira, Granderson, Jeter, and A-Rod, which by my count is around $90M in annual salary.
They are not winning despite these injuries: they are winning because of these injuries.
Anybody at SS can field better than Jete the God of Glove Sham.
ARod hasn't been ARod since the PED testing began.
Teix's OPS has dropped off a cliff for 5 straight years and was headed to sub 800 territory- a negative for MLB 1Bmen these days.
Grandy is the only guy missed, but with the other 3 smucks counterbalancing, it's a net gain for the Tankees.