Midseason grades: bats and brass

As Joe Girardi likes to say, the way the Yankees have performed so far this season is not what you want -- and it is certainly not what anyone expected after an offseason infusion of cash resulted in a largely rebuilt roster.

But injuries and underproduction have taken their toll, and right now it looks as if the Yankees might have to tear up this blueprint and start all over again in the upcoming offseason. Problem is, they’re still locked into a half-dozen players who may be at or near their expiration dates. And oh yeah, No. 13 is coming back next season.

Before we get to that soap opera, let’s take a look at our annual midterm report for the 2014 Yankees -- and keep in mind, as my former students at LIU-Post already know, I’m a pretty lenient grader.