The Yankees and Derek Jeter made peace this weekend, announcing that the Captain will be on board for at least three more seasons.
In June, Jeter will turn 37 – ancient for an everyday shortstop. Admittedly, this year he lost a step or two, literally and figuratively. Whether his decline continues or if he miraculously turns things around remains to be seen; but, as with everyone else, he’s not getting any younger.
The key to his season will be how Joe Girardi manages him. It’s unlike Jeter to ask out of the lineup, so it will be his skipper who might have to have him take a seat a bit more often and/or DH a bit in addition to playing the field.
Jeter’s uncharacteristic numbers in 2010 weigh on him, so there’s no doubt he will work hard during the off-season to prove that he’s not finished yet – and that the Yankees made the right move in re-signing him. I hope Girardi is spending half as much time trying to figure out what to do with him.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits