Is There Any Chance That, During Spring Training, The Yankees Conclude To Play Jeter At 3B & Ryan At SS?
Isn’t the Yankees best overall infield option, right now:
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Brian Roberts/Kelly Johnson
SS: Brendan Ryan
3B: Derek Jeter
Granted, Ryan won’t hit a lick. But, his glove will help the Yankees pitchers – a million more times than Jeter at short.
And, while Jeter gives you no power at third, the Yankees can offset that with the power they now have behind the plate with Brian McCann. Also, platooning Roberts and Johnson may keep Roberts off the disabled list.
The key, of course, to all this, is getting Jeter to sign-off on playing third.
It would be nice for Derek to raise his hand on this now. But, he won’t do that. Therefore, it may come down to him showing up in camp and having everyone realize that his range is totally gone now, post-injury.