Originally Posted by DSpivack
Ibanez was pretty much their starting LF for the majority of the season, until they traded for Ichiro. That's the only big difference there. Otherwise, their bench partially relied on castoffs from the White Sox in Jayson Nix, Dewayne Wise, Chris Stewart, and Andruw Jones.
The Yankees upgraded by trading for Ichiro. The Sox "upgraded" by signing Wise. Big difference.
Wise had an excellent hot streak, but then he regressed to his mean.