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The Yankees infield range is “the worst in baseball”

Mar 24, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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That’s what a scout tells Jon Heyman:

According to one big-league scout in spring training, the Yankees have to have the least range on the infield of any major-league team. While he’s only in Florida, he seems pretty certain.

“It’s got to be the worst in baseball,” the scout said.

Derek Jeter‘s range hasn’t been great for years, but there was always help on either side of him. Not so anymore, as Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson — or whoever plays third base — are each statuesque in the worst sense of the term as well.

So are they a candidate to sign Stephen Drew? Nope. A source tells Heyman that the Yankees are “tapped out” on money. Which strains credulity, as the Yankees print money more or less. Just seems that they’re not willing to spend any more.

  1. stagedoorjohnny - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    In 2013 the Yankees won 85 games.
    The last time NY won 85 games they followed up with 74, 67, 71, 76 win seasons. This is a franchise clearly on the downside.
    The biggest story this year will be Jeter’s farewell tour and nothing more.
    New York will have wasted a half a billion bucks on a losing season.

    • murcat2130 - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      The NYYs infield is a big question mark, that is for sure. If Tiexiera can stay healthy, and not sleep through April, they will be in better shape than you have stated. The starting pitching, weather you like the Yanks or not, is very good. You can talk all you want about CC being old, but as it stands, he has had 1 poor season his entire career. Expect a rebound, it is coming. Tanaka will be outstanding. He has several pitches, not just a Roger Clemens like splitter. He gets 15 Wins, no problem. Kuroda will be solid once again, but at his age, he should start less games to maintain production. Pineda, from Seattle, is what you don’t see coming. He has a wipe out slider, despite throwing in the mid 90s (down a cpl MPH). Another 15 Ws at least, in powerfull fashion. He may be great. Nova can pitch in the AL east, he has proven that. An uptick from him this year guarantees a winning season. The bullpen remains to be seen, I am not certain what to expect. Life w/out Mariano will be more difficult, thats for sure. The infield is poor, no doubt. But I love the SP, and that should be enough to at least compete.

      • bolweevils2 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        I sort of agree with you. I agree that the pitching should be good, but equating that to a number of wins isn’t automatic. Just because someone pitches well doesn’t mean they are going to get 15 wins. The offense and defense play a big part in that.

    • zx11c3 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Just where do you get “half a billion bucks”? Half a billion is 500 million. The payroll is slightly over 200 million. And just when was the last year NYY had a losing record? That would be 1992.

  2. edman222 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    They could be in worse shape than they were at the start of the 2013 season. Except for Tanaka and maybe CC the starting staff is questionable. The infield could be a disaster. You’ve got injury-prone players at every infield position, even first base. Can any of them even hit? The strongest suit is the outfield and catcher. I’ve been a fan for over 60 years and I love ‘em, but you’ve got to be realistic. Poor Derek, he deserves better. Thanks Cashman for doing virtually nothing.

    • thebirdsareback - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      He did plenty, Over spent on injury plagued players who are over rated. Typical yankee move looking at the past 6 or so years. Granted some of these moves contributed to a championship and i am not taking that away from you guys. AROD and Tex have been total bust signings that were severely over paid for the production they put up.

  3. themickforlife7 - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    the problem is its all mony game now there getting and have been very lazy im a big yankee fan as well those yrs have past long time ago you will never see baseball like it use to be its been done long time back so now face the facts jeter was known for his bat and fielding not his throwing remeber craid nettles and clete boyer now they had arms the same for bobby richardson and the scooter phil rozzuto and for the out field the mm boys you know who they are i hope mickey mantle and roger maris

  4. thebirdsareback - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    And the Orioles are just sitting pretty with the most lethal defense in the majors and a 1-9 lineup of young stars that make even the most blind of yankee and redsox homers quiver in their denim wranglers.

  5. wjz770 - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Must be a Red Sox scout. This is spring training and only a red sox scout will knock Yanks now as it is in the water to knock the Yankees since the beginning of time.

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