Statistically speaking -- the only way fans of the National Pastime talk around April Fools' Day -- the New York Yankees constitute the greatest organization in the history of Major League Baseball.

The club has won 27 World Series championships, an MLB record.

It has won 40 American League pennants, another MLB record.

And it has been designated by Forbes as the most valuable MLB team for the 16th consecutive year, worth $2.3 billion.

Between free-agent desertions and injuries, however, the Yankees' Opening Day lineup against the Boston Red Sox Monday will represent a sea change in the roster of the team that led the AL with a 95-67 won-loss record last year.

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One reflection of this sea change is the difference between the annual salaries paid to players in the actual Opening Day lineup in 2012 (as reported by SB Nation) and those paid to players in the projected Opening Day lineup in 2013 (as reported by MLB.com).

Based on payroll data reported by Baseball-Reference.com -- as well as by Baseball Player Salaries, Spotrac and USA Today (where indicated parenthetically in the captions below the photographs in the slideshow above) -- players in the actual Opening Day lineup last year were paid annual salaries amounting to about $136.15 million and players in the projected Opening Day lineup this year will be paid annual salaries amounting to about $72.85 million.

As any Microsoft Excel spreadsheet will tell you, the Opening Day lineup players' annual salaries thus have fallen by about 46.5 percent from year to year.

Here's the Yankees' actual Opening Day lineup in 2012, position by position:

C.C. Sabathia, SP

Russell Martin, C

Mark Teixeira, 1B

Robinson Cano, 2B

Alex Rodriguez, 3B

Derek Jeter, SS

Brett Gardner, LF

Curtis Granderson, CF

Nick Swisher, RF

Raul Ibanez, DH

And here's the Yankees' projected Opening Day lineup in 2013, position by position:

C.C. Sabathia, SP

Chris Stewart, C

Kevin Youkilis, 1B

Robinson Cano, 2B

Jayson Nix, 3B

Eduardo Nunez, SS

Vernon Wells, LF

Brett Gardner, CF

Ichiro Suzuki, RF

Ben Francisco, DH