New York Yankees: 50 greatest players of all-time

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Mike Mussina. 33. player. 43. . SP. 2001-08

Mike Mussina delivered for nearly a decade as the staff ace for the Baltimore Orioles and, after signing a six-year, $87 million contract with the Yankees as a free agent in December 2000, he just did more of the same.

In eight seasons in the Bronx, Mussina never won a Cy Young Award, never made an All-Star team and largely went unnoticed.

All he did was take the ball every fifth day and usually give the Yankees a chance to win a ballgame.

Moose never started fewer than 27 games as a Yankee and even as he aged, he adapted to remain a solid starter.

In his final season in 2008, Mussina had his only 20-win season, going 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA and 1.223 WHIP in a league-leading 34 starts covering 200.1 innings, striking out 150 and walking only 31 as a 39-year-old.

In eight seasons in the Bronx, Mussina posted a 3.88 ERA and 1.212 WHIP to go with a 114 ERA+, a 123-72 record and 1,278 strikeouts in 1,553 innings.

A 270-game winner in 18 seasons, Mussina inched closer to Hall of Fame induction this year, receiving 63.5 percent of the vote, up from 20.3 percent in his first year of eligibility in 2014.