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Cashman tries to douse Jeter-to-CF fire

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08:21 AM ET 01.26 | As quickly as it started, Brian Cashman wanted to put it to rest. The Yankees GM, at a WFAN event, was asked how realistic is it for Derek Jeter to finish his career at shortstop by a fan and responded that he could foresee Jeter possibly shifting to the outfield before his new four-year deal was up. ... Cashman later told the News, however, that his answer was merely hypothetical. "This is not an issue and it is not something that we are considering. It's certainly not something that should be a blown-up viral discussion," Cashman said.

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January 26, 2011  09:03 AM ET

I believe he could do it if the Yanks have his replacement at SS ready to go...

January 26, 2011  09:08 AM ET

at some point it's inevitable that he wont have the range for short...

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January 26, 2011  09:23 AM ET

It will probably be Hals' decision to make.

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January 26, 2011  09:24 AM ET

Late 30's players don't play centerfield. Anyone who thinks it's practical to move an aging player, no matter his history doesn't understand the game. Not to mention it isn't as simple as oh just play center, even if the player was younger.

January 26, 2011  09:41 AM ET

I guess the Yanks are desperate to put someone in center who's got no range. At least he wont have to field ground balls right at him while making them look like spectacular plays.

January 26, 2011  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

at some point it's inevitable that he wont have the range for short...

You're right. The year was 2002

January 26, 2011  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You're right. The year was 2002

Keep on saying he has no range and sooner or later you'll be right...

January 26, 2011  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Late 30's players don't play centerfield. Anyone who thinks it's practical to move an aging player, no matter his history doesn't understand the game. Not to mention it isn't as simple as oh just play center, even if the player was younger.

Robin Yount made the transition at 29/30 - I am not a yankee fan but like Jeter. That team is dead in a year or two - lots of aging big $ players with no where to play

January 26, 2011  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Late 30's players don't play centerfield. Anyone who thinks it's practical to move an aging player, no matter his history doesn't understand the game. Not to mention it isn't as simple as oh just play center, even if the player was younger.

Robin Yount comes to mind, but he moved at a much earlier age,

January 26, 2011  09:52 AM ET
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Robin Yount made the transition at 29/30 - I am not a yankee fan but like Jeter. That team is dead in a year or two - lots of aging big $ players with no where to play

They're old now for pete's sake.The main core, Pettitte, Jeter, Mariano, Posada...Speaking of the core, Bernie could have played CF another year before his retirement.

January 26, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Robin Yount made the transition at 29/30 - I am not a yankee fan but like Jeter. That team is dead in a year or two - lots of aging big $ players with no where to play

Beat me to it I see.

I think Yount retired at age 37 or 38

January 26, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Imagine if Jeter and A-Rod stay on the left side of the infield for another 3-4 years. Who would want to pitch for the yankees with an infield that has so little range

January 26, 2011  09:55 AM ET
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Beat me to it I see.I think Yount retired at age 37 or 38

Yes he did

January 26, 2011  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Yes he did

Yount did break in at 18. so more miles on him

January 26, 2011  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Imagine if Jeter and A-Rod stay on the left side of the infield for another 3-4 years. Who would want to pitch for the yankees with an infield that has so little range

I could see Pedroia, Ellsbury and Crawford laying some bunts down in that direction.

January 26, 2011  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Robin Yount made the transition at 29/30 - I am not a yankee fan but like Jeter. That team is dead in a year or two - lots of aging big $ players with no where to play

Correct, Yount moved at age 29, he was retired at the age this artcile says Jeter would be moved to center. It's a ridiculous idea even for those out there who think Jeter is superman.

January 26, 2011  10:09 AM ET
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Keep on saying he has no range and sooner or later you'll be right...

He's got as much range as Palmeiro did the year he won the gold glove. I've seen glaciers move better than Jeter at this point. don't get me wrong, he's great but lets not get carried away thinking he's Ozzie Smith...

 
January 26, 2011  10:29 AM ET

First, I happen to know that Jeter would retire before his contract is up if they won another World Series. Second, he would be no worse than Damon being in the outfield, and I think they may have won a World Series with Damon out there.

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