This foursome was the more or less regular Yankee infield from 2009-2012, leading the Yankees to one World Series victory and three other post-season appearances. This raises the question of where this infield fits among the greatest infields in Yankee history.
Cano has evolved into one of the best second baseman in Yankee history. It is hard for Yankee fans to imagine the Yankees without Cano, but it is all too easy to imagine the Yankees in 2018-2021 or so with an overpriced Cano splitting his time between first base and DH.
It is hard to imagine baseball over the last half century without the contributions of people like Marichal, the Alou brothers, Tony Fernandez, Joaquin Andujar, Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano and so many others.
The Yankees are in sufficiently bad shape that even a great year by Rivera will not bring them back to the World Series. Moreover, Rivera is not the only aging Yankee seeking to recover from an injury.
A fan base that is told to expect a World Series victory every year, and to see anything else as a failure is going to end up an angry disgruntled group, largely because they have been sold a bill of goods by the team's management.