New York Yankees: Derek Jeter and 4 Players Who Shouldn't Be Everyday Starters
It's a sad day for Yankee fans when their captain can no longer be an everyday starter.
Derek Jeter's starting to act his age, and he can't fight off Father Time forever. His bat started to slip last season, and his defense (while never truly stellar) is on the decline.
Sure, he had an amazing second half, but that first half, and 2010, is in the back of everyone's mind.
Jeter isn't the only Yankee who shouldn't be an everyday starter. Here's a list of players who shouldn't start every day in 2012.
Derek Jeter, SS
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Let's start with the captain.
It's hard to imagine someone else playing shortstop, but that time is soon upon us.
After his rejuvenating year in 2009, he hasn't been the same player. The first sign of his decline came in 2010, and as he continues to age, more signs will come.
Jeter did his best to erase that with his amazing second half this regular season, but how long will he be able to put together comebacks like that?
Then there's his defense, which has never been great, above average at best. Now he's getting older, which means his range will start to get limited, potentially costing the Yankees some games.
It's hard to admit it, but Jeter can't play everyday at shortstop anymore. Joe Girardi will have to either rest him on the bench or give him some games as the designated hitter.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
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Here's the second half of the Yankee's 73-year-old left side of the infield.
Like Jeter, Alex Rodriguez has been starting to play his age. Sure, he's been playing hurt, but I'm pretty sure he won't be crushing 40 to 50 home runs a year anymore.
Reaching 30 might even be a question since he hasn't hit more than that since 2008, when he hit 35.
A-Rod was able to adjust defensively this past year, but he's still prone to errors with his age, which'll likely cost the team wins.
He'll likely be seeing most of his time at designated hitter, but Girardi will have to rest him more often to make sure that injury doesn't come back or get worse.
Eduardo Nunez, IF
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Right now, the guy who stands to replace Jeter and A-Rod at their positions is utility man Eduardo Nunez.
He filled in admirably when they were hurt, but he's not exactly who I want playing shortstop or third base everyday.
This season, Nunez made 14 errors in 50 games at shortstop and six errors in 60 games at third.
His bat isn't good enough yet to make up for those errors. I'd actually rather have the 73-year-old shortstop/third base combo playing instead of Nunez.
He's good enough to give Jeter and A-Rod breaks but not good enough to play every day yet.
Jesus Montero, C/DH
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I'm not sure how I feel about having a soon-to-be 22-year-old, full-time designated hitter.
I'd rather have him playing a position, but the only position he can play is catcher, and he's not exactly a Molina brother behind the plate.
If he's the DH, that means Jeter and A-Rod will have to play the field, which weakens our infield defensively. The Yankees aren't exactly fielding Gold Gloves at every position, but any defensive upgrade they can get would help.
If he's catching, then the Yankees can put Jeter or A-Rod in the DH spot, but then there's a weakness behind the plate, especially if A.J. Burnett is pitching.
His bat certainly deserves to be in the lineup, but Girardi just has to figure out the best way to put it in without hurting the team overall.