Baseball: Yankees take stock

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The Independent Online

The New York Yankees dynasty that was denied a fifth World Series title in six years by Arizona's Game Seven comeback on Sunday is headed for what could be the biggest overhaul since their run started in 1996.

Tino Martinez, who has played in all four title-winning teams, asked to be regarded a free agent on Monday, as did Scott Brosius and Chuck Knoblauch, who have been around for three. In all, 104 major league players, including San Francisco's Barry Bonds, who broke the home run record this year, have make the request.

The Yankees' infielder Randy Velarde and relief pitcher Mark Wohlers have made the same request, but with owner George Steinbrenner's millions, a strong core led by Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and Mariano Rivera, three fine starting pitchers and a talented farm system, will still present a formidable challenge.