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Michael Pineda

Will Aging Yankees Get Older With Offseason Free Agent Signings?

NEW YORK — The quartet leaned against the dugout railing with uniformly glum expressions during the ninth inning, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances crossing their arms, Brett Gardner dangling his over a railing and Chris Young resting his chin on a hand.

The New York Yankees expected better this year than elimination in the AL wild-card game. Many others anticipated worse.

"When the season started, no one thought we would be here," manager Joe Girardi said after Houston eliminated New York 3-0 on Tuesday night.

In the first year after Derek Jeter's retirement, the Yankees ended their two-year absence from the postseason but did not reach the division...