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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...Read more »
If Derek Jeter approaches 200 hits next season, CC Sabathia believes the Yankees will have a pretty good shot at winning the AL East. “That’s huge. That puts us right at the top of the division,” Sabathia said Tuesday afternoon before he hosted a holiday party for 52 youngsters from the Madison Square Boys and Girls Columbus Clubhouse at the MLB Fan Cave in Manhattan. Sabathia added that he recently...Read more »
For the first time in nearly two decades the Yankees have a serious shortstop problem.
Franchise icon Derek Jeter was re-signed to a one-year, $12 million deal Friday afternoon. Even without that move (more a superficial tactic made for luxury tax purposes) Jeter would have likely remained a Yankee in 2014 since he possessed a $9.5 million player option.
But Jeter appeared in just 17...Read more »
Derek Jeter spoke for 13 minutes Wednesday about the Yankees’ decision to shut him down due to his ankle issues, but also talked about his future and shushed any talk about retirement. Here’s the full transcript from his news conference at Camden Yards.
Q: How disappointed are you having to sit out the remainder of the season?
DJ: “Yeah, it’s very disappointing. I mean, to not to be...Read more »
Derek Jeter has joined plenty of elite clubs already during his career.
He has 3,000 hits, five World Series rings, an All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP during the same season. We know the numbers and accolades almost as well as the Pledge of Allegiance.
But if he wants to legitimately come back from a series of nagging injuries (not the least of which involves his ankle) that have...Read more »
Brendan Ryan was batting .192 for the Mariners prior to the Yankees acquisition of the shortstop on Tuesday night.
That number is no aberration.
Ryan hit .194 in 2012 for Seattle. OPS+ is a stat measuring a hitter’s on-base plus slugging percentage in a more normalized fashion than OPS (for example – park effects are taken into account). An average hitter posts a number around 100. Ryan...Read more »
Alex Rodriguez back at shortstop? The concept may not be so farfetched.
With Derek Jeter still rehabbing his calf strain, and Jayson Nix likely out for the rest of the season with a fractured hand, the Yankees are playing with a three-man bench consisting of one outfielder (Brett Gardner or Vernon Wells), one catcher (Austin Romine or Chris Stewart) and one first baseman (Lyle Overbay or Mark Reynolds).
Manager Joe Girardi said he preferred the extra pitching that keeping Preston Claiborne affords, given that both long-men Adam Warren and David Huff were used extensively during Wednesday's win.
So what happens if regular shortstop Eduardo Nunez, still playing with a tight hamstring, is unable to complete a game?
“[Vernon Wells] lobbied yesterday, and I said, ‘I don’t think so Vern,’” Girardi said Thursday morning. “I have some ideas.
“You start thinking, how many people do you want to move around for one position? So I have some ideas. Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but we’ll see.”
How about the Yankees current third baseman? You know, the one who used to play a pretty good shortstop before ceding the position to accommodate Jeter?
“I said ‘I have some ideas,’” Girardi said to laughter. “I have a left fielder that’s played second base, too.”
That last comment could mean Girardi doesn’t want to open the A-Rod-to-shortstop Pandora’s box and would instead prefer to shift Alfonso Soriano to second, the position he played during his first stint with the Yankees, and free-agent-to-be Robinson Cano to short.
But Pandora's box would be a pretty interesting option, too.
Jeter begins his rehab assignment Thursday in Scranton for at least two games.
It will be a surprise if Derek Jeter rejoins the Yankees by the end of the weekend series that starts Friday night in Boston.
No one will be more surprised than Joe Girardi.
“I wouldn’t think so," the Yankees manager said Thursday. "We’ll go day by day and see where he’s at.”
Jeter looked fine as he took batting and infield practice at Yankee Stadium before the afternoon...Read more »
David Wright vs. R.A. Dickey.
Derek Jeter vs. Mariano Rivera.
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