For the New York Yankees, the 2012-2013 offseason hasn’t been very kind.
Between the Alex Rodriguez saga continuing and the re-signing of older players, the Yankees don’t look like a fresh team in the hunt for a championship.
Derek Jeter’s injury in the playoffs last season was simply the icing on the cake for the aging team.
Now in 2013, Jeter’s return and continued success against both pitchers and Father Time is vital to New York’s success.
Keeping Jeter healthy and productive this year is of the utmost importance for New York, because without Jeter, it loses the rest of the starting left infield and its leadoff hitter.
Although Jeter isn’t back completely for spring training, he continues to rehab from a broken ankle.
Here are three key factors to Jeter making it through all of 2013.