After signing an injured player to a $12 million contract, a team can understandably wonder if that player can play the position it wants him to play — even if that player is Derek Jeter. The Yankees signed Jeter to a one-year deal on November 1, amounting to a $2.5 million raise because it overrides his $9.5 million player option that he originally had.
Now, CBS Sports.com’s Scott White reports that manager Joe Girardi is keeping his “fingers crossed” that Jeter can play shortstop in 2014. Speaking to The Journal News, Girardi responded to questions about what position Jeter will likely play in 2014. White quotes Girardi as saying,
“We’re hoping that he’ll be back to where he was in 2012 before the [first ankle fracture] took place. That’s our hope. We’ll go through the offseason, allow him to do the things he needs to do, and then keep our fingers crossed in spring training that it’s all good.”
In 2012, Jeter hit .316, led the Majors with 216 hits, had a WAR of 2.2, and scored 99 ...