One of my favorite parts about this season is watching other teams' fans look on with bewilderment and rage as the Yankees turn discarded players into important pieces on a first place team. It gets even stranger when they think it's due to Yankee voodoo rather than good scouting and good fortune. This, in turn, made me reminsce of other times the Yankees "Frankensteined" former All-Stars into reasonable facsimiles of their former selves. Wade Boggs was the first one that popped into my head.
In a situation eerily similar to the one involving Kevin Youkilis, the Red Sox opted not to retain their All-Star third baseman and hand over the reins to a younger player with potential. (Will Middlebrooks in 1992 was Scott Cooper, who would be an All-Star in '93 and '94, and out of the majors before his 30th birthday) Boggs would turn 35 in '93 and had put up an uninspiring 90 wRC+ in 1992 (and batted .259!), more than 20 points below his prior career low. Considering the Red Sox 73-89 record and his age, it's not surprising his services were not retained (despite his impression that he would be brought back).
The 1993 Yankees would have a hole at third base. Charlie Hayes had put up a 98 wRC+ with plus defense in '92, but was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the expansion draft. Eschewing internal options like Randy Velarde and the immortal Mike Humphries, the Yankees beat out other suitors like the Dodgers and signed him to a 3 year/$11 million incentive-laden contract.
Of course, the rest is well-known. Boggs would return to form for the Yankees and post a 116 wRC+ over five years in pinstripes and make four All-Star teams, all while remaining one of the very best defensive third basemen in the game. And he rode a horse or something.
So will any of the current Yankee retreads find similar success? Who knows, but at least they didn't get three-year contracts!