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After an injury-ridden 2013 season for Jeter and Teixeira, both players are set to return to the diamond in 2014.
In 2013, Jeter played 17 games between July, August and September. The Yankees great batted just .190 but had seven RBI. After dealing with multiple injuries including a calf strain and ankle problems, Jeter is preparing to play in 2014.
On November 1, Jeter signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the Yankees.
Jeter playing shortstop will undoubtedly be more limited than previous years due to the fact that he is aging. He will be 40 years old this upcoming June.
But that doesn't mean he won't be a phenomenal player. He still has quick hands, and he is more than capable of snagging a ball during routine plays. He will find a way to make great plays, as he always does.
Jeter will also bring back some power offensively. As a doubles machine, as long as he gets his ankle healthy, there is no reason why he can't go back to hitting doubles and the occasional triple.
Besides, having him on the team will provide leadership as the Yankees rebuild (sort of).
Teixeira is now entering the sixth year of his eight-year, $180 million deal that he signed with the Yankees back in December 2008.
Year five of the deal, 2013, was a complete disaster for Teixeira and the Yankees. He suffered one too many wrist injuries which limited him to only play 15 games for the entire season.
But Teixeira has it all figured out. He spoke to MLB Network Radio and said that he is now able to swing a bat since the surgery. Teixeira is also hoping that he will begin hitting activities on January 1.
What does that mean for the Yankees? Well, if Teixeira starts hitting activities on January 1, there is a likely chance that he can build his way up to fighting form by spring training. And if can work on activities like live batting practice and hitting drills until he's at 100 percent, he can definitely be ready by April 1.
The prospects of a healthy Teixeira will provide the Yankees with yet another offensive threat that they lacked in 2013. And during this offseason, the Yankees can also then focus less on first base and pay more attention to who can play at second and third.