Derek Jeter needs to pick up where he left off in 2012.
|Projected Lineup ||Position ||Bats
|Ichiro Suzuki ||RF ||L
|Derek Jeter ||SS ||R
|Robinson Cano ||2B ||L
|Curtis Granderson ||CF ||L
|Kevin Youkilis ||3B ||R
|Eduardo Nunez ||DH ||R
|Chris Stewart ||C ||R
|Brett Gardner ||LF ||L
UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:41 p.m. ET
While they are still working out the final details, the Yankees are bringing another one of their own free agents back into the fold for 2013, as reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman (via Twitter):
Ichiro was revitalized after being traded to the Yankees this past July, posting a .322/.340/.454 batting line in 67 games for the Bombers. His return allows the Yankees to slide Brett Gardner back to the ninth spot in the lineup, a spot in which he's flourished in the past.
Another solid move by the Yankees, who bump up one spot in the rankings.
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New York started the day at No. 10 on the list, with prospect David Adams penciled into the eighth spot in the lineup at third base in place of the injured Alex Rodriguez.
With their signing of veteran Kevin Youkilis on Tuesday afternoon to fill in for A-Rod and hop into the third base slot, the Bronx Bombers jump up one spot.
One through six, the Yankees lineup is a a solid, experienced bunch that knows how to get on base and create runs.
After that, it's a mix of backups who would all be best served by coming off of the bench.
It would look better—on paper at least—with Alex Rodriguez penciled in, but he simply cannot be counted on in 2013. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, the recovery time from A-Rod's upcoming January hip surgery is four-to-six months,
Even if he returns in the second half of the season, there's as good of a chance that he's a shell of the shell of his former self as there is that he's revitalized by the surgery.