• Wild Thought: Jeter To Second?

    Posted by on March 31st, 2009 · Comments (17)

    Derek Jeter’s contract is up after the 2010 season. And, some Yankees fans only want him back after that if he moves off shortstop. However, the Yankees have A-Rod at third and Tex at first – for years to come. And, Jeter’s bat doesn’t profile for the outfield. So, where does Jeter go?

    How about second base? If Robbie Cano hacks and/or dogs his way out of Yankeeland over the next 2 years, would the Yankees ask Jeter to play second in 2011?

    Well, if Jeff Kent, Julio Franco, Toby Harrah, Mariano Duncan, Juan Samuel, and Tim Teufel could play second base in the majors and not kill their teams, then there’s no reason why Derek Jeter, even with his limited defensive skill set, cannot play second base and help the Yankees. Anyway, that’s today’s wild thought…

    Comments on Wild Thought: Jeter To Second?

    1. clintfsu813
      March 31st, 2009 | 10:04 am

      And if Cano bounces back and mashes?

    2. MJ
      March 31st, 2009 | 10:08 am

      The issue isn’t only his defensive shortcomings. It’s the principle of signing a guy who will be 37 years old to a new contract. At what point does good common sense enter the equation? Plus, as Clint said above, if Cano produces as he did from 2005-2007, then what?

    3. thenewguy
      March 31st, 2009 | 10:19 am

      I just don’t see a move to 2nd happening. Cano would really, and I mean REALLY, have to crap the bed in order for Jete to move to 2nd. Cano may never win a batting title or hit 330 for a season (or he might), but I really just can’t see Cano getting worse than he is now.

    4. March 31st, 2009 | 10:20 am

      If Cano can turnaround his game, from last season, then the Yankees are out of options – and will have to keep Jeter at SS, if they want to resign him. Or, maybe, you move Cano to the OF, if his bat is THAT GOOD, and play Jeter at 2B?

    5. ChrisXS
      March 31st, 2009 | 10:23 am

      Move Arod back to short, Cano to third, and Jeter to second?

    6. Raf
      March 31st, 2009 | 10:24 am

      Jeter’s bat may not profile for the outfield, but how would he compare to someone like, say, Johnny Damon? How good/bad would he be defensively in LF?

    7. MJ
      March 31st, 2009 | 10:27 am

      How good/bad would he be defensively in LF?
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      Jeter has poor range at SS. Why would he suddenly have the ability to make plays in the power alley? He might be a better athlete than Hideki Matsui but you think a 37 year old can go from SS to LF after spending 20 years in the infield? I find that unlikely.

    8. Raf
      March 31st, 2009 | 10:34 am

      While I don’t want to get into this too much, given that I don’t have a dog in this fight, ranging to his right @ SS is a lot different than ranging to his right in the LF power alley.

      Given enough work and time to prepare, I see no reason why a player wouldn’t be able to learn the outfield and play passable defense. I don’t expect Jeter to be a Greg Luzinski type butcher out there in the OF, though stranger things have happened.

    9. Corey
      March 31st, 2009 | 10:37 am

      Move Arod back to short, Cano to third, and Jeter to second?
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      too many moving parts there, our defense would have the good possibility of collapsing if all 3 can’t learn their positions

    10. MJ
      March 31st, 2009 | 10:45 am

      I don’t expect Jeter to be a Greg Luzinski type butcher out there in the OF, though stranger things have happened.
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      Luzinski was a career OF, even if he was a butcher. I don’t get how people just think a change of positions and a few months of practice can make it all OK.

      A 37 year-old career infielder moving to OF — even for a guy like Jeter who is still a good enough athlete — won’t be easy.

    11. Raf
      March 31st, 2009 | 11:12 am

      I don’t get how people just think a change of positions and a few months of practice can make it all OK.
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      It has been done before with other players. If he does, Jeter will not be the first or last to change positions.

      It may not be easy, but it’s a reasonable path to take.

    12. Jake1
      March 31st, 2009 | 11:30 am

      put Cano in LF. jeter would be a better 2b than him anyway. and damon and nady are fa’s anyway. then go out and trade for hanley ramirez.

    13. Corey
      March 31st, 2009 | 11:32 am

      jeter would be a better 2b than him anyway.
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      lol how would you know? We’ll all be complaining that Jeter can’t fill the whole a man on first creates cause he can’t go to his left

    14. MJ
      March 31st, 2009 | 11:33 am

      It has been done before with other players. If he does, Jeter will not be the first or last to change positions.
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      I know it has been done before. But has it been done before by a 37 year old career infielder moving to the OF?

      I’m not saying it’s IMPOSSIBLE. I’m just saying I don’t think it’s as easy as people think it is and, further, seems like a waste of time to me. The Yanks shouldn’t be making a habit of re-signing 37 year old players.

      There’s no shortage of LF’ers that can do better than Jeter can with both the stick and the glove. If he can’t play SS and if 2B is occupied with Cano, I’m sorry, he’s got to go. Most every other franchise runs their business in a sensible manner. I just wish the Yanks could see that there will be life after Jeter, just as there has been life after Bernie (as there was life after Mickey, Yogi, Joe D). Fans will get over it.

    15. MJ
      March 31st, 2009 | 11:35 am

      put Cano in LF
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      Why should Cano be moved off his position to accomodate Jeter? How many players need to be moved for this guy? If Cano is doing a good job (and he certainly did a good job from 2005-2007) then there’s no reason to move Cano to LF for Jeter.

    16. butchie22
      March 31st, 2009 | 12:43 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      If Cano can turnaround his game, from last season, then the Yankees are out of options – and will have to keep Jeter at SS, if they want to resign him. Or, maybe, you move Cano to the OF, if his bat is THAT GOOD, and play Jeter at 2B?

      Your original quote about Cano hacking it in pinstripes is very telling. If Cano can’t field the position and is a dud offensively THEN it could be a good idea to say good bye to Cano and give Jeter a chance at second. Then again, Jeter doesn’t look like he would be a bad outfielder at this point either. But would he have the pop to be a “Yankee” outfielder? And for the guy who says that the Yanks should make sense and be rid of Jeter…..St Derek…Mr Yankee himself being shown the door whereas the more volatile PR (and more productive )and ringless player, Arod gets a richer contract and stays? There is a part of me that knows that Jeter is overrated BUT there is another part of me that knows that the fanbase will react very adversely to any maltreatment of the Captain. Say what you want about his diminished skills(they have and will diminish even further), it will be a PR nightmare if they blow off Jeter a la Bernie. And Cano? That lazy bum, hasn’t fufilled his potential yet so why should anybody be loyal to him. The Red Sox have a short little Wolf Boy who just won MVP in his second season and Yankee fans hope that Cano “rebounds”. Meanwhile there is no one to scream at Robbie this year, so expect more of the same from him……

    17. March 31st, 2009 | 1:21 pm

      If they had a suitable replacement for him at shortstop. People keep trying to move him and never think about that. And other people seem to think Ramiro Pena is all of a sudden going to start OPSing .800 after a career in the minors of barely being over .600.

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