Jeter-Outfield Debate On Fire After Cashman Breakfast
Updated: 1/26/11, 7:58 a.m.
NEW YORK (WFAN) — Will Derek Jeter end his New York career at shortstop?
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman rekindled the old Jeter debate during a question-and-answer session Tuesday morning, while appearing at WFAN’s Breakfast with a Champion, hosted by Mike Francesa.
“I like corner outfielders and corner infielders who have power, so for me, if he’s ever gonna move, it’s probably gonna be a Robin Yount situation,” Cashman said. “We’ll deal with it when we have to.”
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Yount moved from shortstop to center field in the 1980s while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cashman also said that he would “be surprised” if Derek finishes at shortstop, but quickly added that “Jeter’s our shortstop, period.”
“I know he’s working hard to put himself in that position,” Cashman said.
Cashman later told the New York Daily News that moving Jeter “is not something that we are considering.”
“It’s certainly not something that should be a blown-up viral discussion,” Cashman told the Daily News. “I was responding to a question about the speculation about him moving possibly to third base and Alex going to DH. And I said, in my mind, his athletic abilities translate better to the outfield.
“But that is not something we are considering and not something we have talked to Derek about. He’s our shortstop. End story.”
Other notes from Cashman’s appearance:
– Andy Pettitte has still not committed to New York.
– Joba Chamberlain will remain in the bullpen, even if Pettitte retires.
– According to Cashman, the Boston Red Sox are a better team… right now.
– Mariano Rivera is the best Yankee Cashman has ever seen.
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