Girardi's quote comes via Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:
“He’s always been a guy that has responded during the course of time. People have been ready to say that you should move him, and one year he ended up with 200-plus hits, and that sort of thing. You can look at Derek in the No. 2 spot, but we’ve had a lot of guys who have struggled. Maybe because of his name, he’s going to be the focus a little bit, sometimes maybe more than other guys, but we’ve had a lot of guys struggle.”
Girardi seems to be relying heavily on Jeter's past as his basis for keeping him in the No. 2 hole when he's hitting .254.
The Yankee skipper also fairly points out that there are plenty of guys struggling on the roster and Jeter isn't the entire reason this team isn't producing runs.
However, it must be noted Jeter's job is to get on base at the top of the order and he hasn't done a good job of that in 2014 with a .312 OBP, so where there's smoke there's fire and that will keep driving people to blame Jeter and call for him to be moved down in the order.
That puts Girardi in quite the difficult position because Jeter has been a staple at the top of the Yanks' lineup for nearly two decades and moving him down would be the equivalent of a 9.5 on the Richter scale.
Girardi won't make a move yet because he has already said he isn't changing his lineup now, but it's certainly possible if Jeter keeps playing the way he has or gets worse and the team's offense doesn't rebound. After all, Girardi has said he wouldn't allow Jeter's farewell tour to hold him hostage in making certain decisions for the team.
Hiding Jeter's lack of success at the plate this season is easier when the team is winning and scoring runs, but it's far more difficult when the Yanks are in a situation similar to what they're going through right now.