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What to Make of the New York Yankees Infield?

February 5th, 2014 at 6:16 PM
By Mike Warsaw

Entering last season the New York Yankees had many questions regarding the infield. Who will play third base for Alex Rodriguez? Will Derek Jeter be healthy? Will Mark Teixeira be able to make it through the season without getting injured?

Sound familiar?

'Alex Rodriguez' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Fast forward to 2014 and many of the same questions still exist. So let's take a look at the whole thing:

First base, Mark Teixeira – Every year we seem to be asking the same question, will Mark Teixeira be healthy? Coming off season ending wrist surgery, Teixeira's 2014 outlook is once again muddled. Teixeira recently told Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal that he expects to feel some tightness in his surgically-repaired wrist until at least June and possibly throughout the entire season. Hopefully Big Tex can shake off the rust and return to his 30 homer ways.

Second base, Brendan Ryan, Brian Roberts - Even with Robinson Cano leaving for Seattle, the Yankees spent plenty of money in Free Agency. Left without a clear cut solution at second base, the plan for now is to go with "what they've got". And "what they've got" is Brendan Ryan a solid defender with little pop and Brian Roberts a two time All Star who has been sidelined with injuries for the past few seasons. A healthy Roberts could contribute nicely and possesses excellent speed, with 156 steals from 2006-2009. Of course an addition of a free agent like Stephen Drew could greatly improve this platoon.

Shortstop, Derek Jeter - The Captain took batting practice and fielded grounders in Tampa on Monday. After the brief workout, Jeter said " Everything is good so far, knock on wood". After only playing in 17 games last season, Jeter expects to be good to go. The only question is what can we expect from him at this point in his career? Only Derek knows the answer to that and it should be a fun year with him back and finally healthy. The Bombers will back him up with Brendan Ryan and Eduardo Nunez. 

Third base, Kelly Johnson – With Alex Rodriguez suspended for the entire season, the Yankees are forced to deal with a problem that is getting a little old. Who's on third? Last year it was Kevin Youkilis (and you know how that turned out), this year it's Kelly Johnson. Johnson a career second baseman is the favorite to take over the hot corner for the Yanks. He has averaged 20 home runs in the past four seasons and plays the infield as well as left field. Eduardo Nunez will be in the mix and possibly a minor leaguer, like Dean Anna. Anna, who hit .331 for the Padres Triple A Tucson Affiliate last season, could make the team out of spring training.

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