MLB Rumors: Who Will Play SS, Close for Yankees if Derek Jeter, Mariano Walk?

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MLB Rumors: Who Will Play SS, Close for Yankees if Derek Jeter, Mariano Walk?
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MLB rumors continue to heat up the hot stove—or at least New York City—as we inch closer and closer to February.

And that magical date when pitchers and catchers report.

Around baseball, it's actually been a somewhat quiet offseason for player movement. No free agents of note have signed, with the exception of the reports that former Yankee Javier Vasquez will sign with Florida.

But not even the much-coveted Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford have been in the news as much as Derek Jeter's very public contract talks with the Yankees have been.

There have been conflicting reports about the terms that Jeter is demanding. The Yankees have taken a very hard line in negotiating, and as of this posting, there is still no deal.

Much less publicized, but just as—and maybe more—alarming, is that the great closer Mariano Rivera is also without a deal and on the free-agent market.

Eventually, when it's all said and done, both are expected to remain Yankees.

But, for the sake or argument, here are some options to replace two of the more celebrated players to ever wear the pinstripes.

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