And so begins the transition from Derek Jeter the everyday player to Derek Jeter the expensive bench piece.
“I feel like this young man has a lot of upside,” Girardi said of Nunez. “He’s swung the bat well for us. I think [he’s] a young man that’s exciting whenever he goes out there, because of his speed and what he brings to the game. This is a kid that we have high hopes for, and he’s gonna see some time against left-handers.
“And we can DH Jeet [Derek Jeter] or[Alex Rodriguez] in a sense to give them that half-day off.”
Hopefully the Yankees don’t give A-Rod too many days off (although with his hip he should still see at least one day a week off) because Jeter has just not improved over his career worst season last year.
His batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage are all less than what they were a year ago. His power has taken an especially big hit dropping his slugging down from .370 to .316. Him and the Yankees can talk about adjusting his swing all they want, but it hasn’t worked.
I don’t think even the most skeptical Yankees fans would have guessed that Jeter would begin to see less playing time in the first year of a ill-advised four year contract they gave him.