With 22-year-old Luis Severino in the rotation and 26-year-olds Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro starting in the middle infield, the New York Yankees have their youngest Opening Day roster in 24 years, according to the Associated Press.
The average age for a Yankee is currently 29 years, 97 days, the youngest since 1992 (29 years, 52 days). The Yankees had not had an average age under 30 years old since 1996.
The Yankees have the 11th-oldest team in baseball, according to Statista, and the average age of a baseball player is 28.4 years. The Seattle Mariners are the oldest franchise at 30.1 years old, while the Arizona Diamondbacks are the youngest at 26.9 years old.
Including Severino, Castro and Gregorius, the Yankees have nine players who are 26 years old or younger. New York also has four players -- CC Sabathia (35), Mark Teixeira (35), Carlos Beltran (38) and Alex Rodriguez (40) -- who are 35 years old or older.
The Yankees' average age last year was 30 years, 31 days, which was the fifth-highest in 2015, according to NJ.com's Kevin Manahan.
According to Baseball Reference, which tracks players' ages as of June 30 of that year, the average age of anyone who played for the Yankees was 31.6 years old last year, 32.9 years old in 2014, 32 years old in 2013 and 33 years old in 2012.
The Yankees might still be lagging behind the rest of the league, but the club's emphasis on becoming younger and more athletic is beginning to show in the age column. The Yankees could make up even more ground next season when Beltran (who turns 39 later this month) and Teixeira (35) who will potentially be replaced by Aaron Judge (who turns 25 next April) in right field and Greg Bird (24 next season) at first base.
The following season, younger players should also replace Rodriguez (who will be 42 when his contract ends) at designated hitter and Sabathia (who will be 36 at the end of his tenure). At the same time, I expect the Yankees to continue to look to sign or trade for younger players with potential upside instead of signing/trading for veterans who are already in their 30s.