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Derek Jeter less valuable than Eduardo Nunez, projections say

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gestures to infielder Eduardo

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gestures to infielder Eduardo Nunez at spring training in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

Yankees superstar Derek Jeter will provide less value to the team than perennial underachiever Eduardo Nunez -- according to the latest computer projections.

The ZiPS projections for the Yankees (and several other teams) were unveiled on Fangraphs.com today and the forecasts for Jeter and Nunez aren't pretty:

  Jeter Nunez
Zips Wins Above Replacement 0.4 0.5
Average .259 .260
On-base percentage ,322 .304
Slugging percentage .357 .364
Home runs 5 5
Stolen bases 7 19
Plate appearances 325 385

The projections for the rest of the potential starters are a little more positive. You can find them all here.

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