If Jeter Leaves, Yankees Will Go with Nunez Not FA’s

Via Buster Olney of ESPN (2nd link):

Sources: Yanks expect [Derek Jeter] to be back, but they have identified their Plan B if he isn’t — Eduardo Nunez. The 23-year-old SS would be given the opportunity to win the SS job in spring, rather than the Yankees immediately pursuing a veteran like Orlando Cabrera.

This is obviously a less than ideal situation. Nunez is a decent player and for another team he might even be their starting shortstop, but fans might form a mutiny against Brian Cashman should they somehow fail to re-sign Jeter and be forced to use Nunez instead.

Nunez hit .289 with a .721 OPS in 464 at bats with Triple-A Scranton last season. He has almost no home run power with just a bit of gap power. That can improve a little, but not dramatically. He hit .322 in 2009 at Double-A, but his walk rate is pretty low. Considering his average defense, he certainly not an impressive replacement at any level.

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One Response to If Jeter Leaves, Yankees Will Go with Nunez Not FA’s

  1. David K. says:

    We've seen very little of Nunez, true, but my assessment is that he will be a very good line drive hitter and he has more talent than all the other infield/outfield prospects they've brought up in the last couple of years. He is patient and he hits the ball the other way. He has an idea at the plate. I'd say there is a pretty good chance he would better than Jeter right now if he got the playing time.

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