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Yankees DFA Eduardo Nunez to make room for Yangervis Solarte

Eduardo Nunez of the Yankees runs home to

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Eduardo Nunez has gone from being the Yankees' starting shortstop in 2013 to out of a job in 2014.

The Yankees designated Nunez for assignment on Tuesday, days after the 26-year old shortstop lost the utility infielder job to Yangervis Solarte in spring training.

Nunez played 69 games at shortstop and 14 games at third base in 2013 while Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez rehabbed injuries....

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Infielders creating tough decisions for Yankees' Girardi

New York Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez dives unsuccessfully

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VIERA, Fla. — The safe bet remains the Yankees making some kind of deal for an infielder before the end of spring training.

As for the internal infield options in camp competing for backup spots, Joe Girardi has liked what he’s seen so far.

“They’ve all played well,” Girardi said Tuesday, mentioning, Zelous Wheeler, Yangervis Solarte, Dean Anna and Eduardo Nuñez. “They’ve all played...

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Derek Jeter less valuable than Eduardo Nunez, projections say

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gestures to infielder Eduardo

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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...

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Who will play second base for Yankees?

Tampa Bay Rays' Kelly Johnson, center, is congratulated

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The Yankees may have blunted the loss of Robinson Cano’s offense by signing the likes of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, but there remains one, glaring issue: None of those players can man second base.

UPDATE: The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a deal with Brian Roberts. Read the story here.

The Yankees have infielder Kelly Johnson on the roster, but their reported...

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Brendan Ryan likely to provide big help for Yankees

Seattle's Brendan Ryan is mobbed by teammates after

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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...

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Could Alex Rodriguez play shortstop if needed?

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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.

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