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It's been a while since I thought of the Yankees as a good defensive team. But how easily things can change.
While our shortstop and left fielder are still subpar, we've now got average to good fielders in Cano, Melky, Posada, Abreu, and even Johnny Damon, who particularly appears to be a solid defender when he's in left (Melky should really be the everyday CF permanently at this point). Plus, we had Phillips and Dougie each with about a third of all innings played at first base, and both of those guys can pick it. The trend should continue if we get a defensive upgrade at 3B (by that I mean, not Betemit).
So the quality of defensive personnel and its slow upward climb might help to explain the Yankees' top rating in the Probabilistic Model of Range, by Baseball Info Solutions (and presented via David Pinto here). This basically tells you that the Yanks outperformed their defensive expectations more than any other team, in turning more difficult balls-in-play into outs. There's a bit more info if you follow the link.
Interesting that three of the top four teams are all in the AL East (Yanks, BoSox, and the Jays at fourth, after the Cubbies).