C800 2009 Yankees Outlook: SS

Chasing800 is going to look at each position and give you insight and opinion on the current situation and what may loom ahead. Today we will look at Shortstop.

This position needs no debate, it belongs to Derek Jeter. The Captain is entering his 14th season as the starting shortstop. Many have argued that Jeter's defense is the worst of all shortstops in baseball. There was a study done last year that backs up Jeter's incapabilities. I don't care about that stuff. His all around numbers have been in the decline over the last 3 seasons but he is getting older, he will be 34 in June. He is still the guy I want on the field and in the batter's box with the game on the line. His leadership is a driving force both on and off the field. He is one guy on the Yankees I never worry about, neither should you. Last year the Yanks missed the first time in Jeter's career and I expect that to moviate him this year. He will also be helped by the addition of Mark Teixeria and his gold glove caliber defense at first base.

Chasing800 Prediction:
Jeter has another Jeter-like season. While his numbers won't resemble an 18 million a year player, he will bring the intangables that he always brings to the table. I expect a better season from Derek this year than 2008. Look for .308 12HR 84 RBI. He will play above average defense but not enough to secure another gold glove.

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One Response to this post

  1. Bronx Baseball Daily on March 20, 2009 at 1:01 AM

    I think Jeter's salary is irrelevant when it comes to most conversations. Think of it like they are paying for his Brand which the Yankees will milk for the next 40 years. Probably longer.