Via the Daily News -
Brian Cashman has been willing to play the role of the bad guy in the past when dealing with aging star players, essentially telling Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada they were done as Yankees. So it will be intriguing, to say the least, to see how he handles the Derek Jeter situation.
The trickiest part is that the Yankee GM may have to make a tough call before Jeter gets the chance to show whether he can still play shortstop in spring training next year.
That’s the consensus opinion of six baseball people — three scouts, three executives — I polled this week, anyway. They all say the Yankees need to acquire an everyday shortstop for next season, as they are convinced Jeter won’t be able to play the position adequately, while Eduardo Nunez is too erratic defensively, and recent pick-up Brendan Ryan can’t hit.
“Cash is in a tough spot,” said one executive. “Jeter won’t like it if they bring in a shortstop, but they have to do it. Even if Jeter works all winter to strengthen that ankle, he was moving so poorly when he was out there that it’s bound to limit him in some ways.
“So he’ll be a 40-year old shortstop who already had limited range. He may be able to help them with the bat, but not enough to justify playing short every day. If you’re the GM, it’s your responsibility to make the tough decision for the good of the ballclub.”
Didn’t I just say this two weeks ago?