The Yankees are out of the playoffs, but these guys are still playing, all with ties — some stronger than others — to the Yankees organization.
C – Omir Santos
The Tigers backup catcher came up through the Yankees minor league system, advancing as high as Triple-A without ever getting to New York. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (brother of Jose) and Gerald Laird (brother of Brandon) could also apply here.
1B – Miguel Cabrera
The Tigers cleanup hitter was already emerging as one of the best hitters in the game when he played for Yankees manager Joe Girardi back in 2006.
2B – Jerry Hairston
The Brewers utility infielder have played all over the field, and so far he’s hit .375 in both the division series and the LCS. He played a similar, but more limited utility role with the Yankees in 2009.
SS – Elvis Andrus
The Rangers shortstop got to Texas as part of the prospect package the Braves gave up to acquire current Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira back in 2007.
3B – Wilson Betemit
One of several Tigers third basemen, Betemit spent a year and a half as a utility man with the Yankees before being included in the trade for Nick Swisher, one of the more lopsided deals of the Brian Cashman era.
CF – Austin Jackson
The Tigers center fielder was long considered the Yankees center fielder of the future before he was traded as part of the package that brought Curtis Granderson to the Bronx. His offensive numbers have slipped since his near Rookie of the Year debut, but his defense remains outstanding.
LF – Carlos Guillen
Who would have thought an outfield corner would be a hard spot to find an obvious connection to the Yankees? Guillen isn’t even on the Tigers active roster because he’s rehabbing a calf injury. He’s played all over the field — including left field — and even his Yankees connection is weak: He was once traded for former Yankees starter Randy Johnson.
RF – Lance Berkman
The Cardinals right fielder and cleanup hitter was a short-term rental for the Yankees last season. When his career seemed all but over, Berkman has rebounded to have a season similar to those he had in his prime with the Astros.
DH – Prince Fielder
The Brewers first baseman is the son of former Yankees first baseman Cecil Fielder, who hit .391 in the 1996 World Series.
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