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Derek Jeter's lineup spot could be controversial

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10:00 AM ET 12.21 | The Yankees lost their best hitter, but very probably improved their lineup. Robinson Cano exited, but the additions of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran should bring length and diversification to the batting order. It also offers up this bit of intrigue (controversy?) -- cue the elephant walking into the room: Where is Derek Jeter batting? Joe Girardi said he had been doodling with lineups a bit, but when I got him alone and asked specifically about Jeter's place, the Yankees manager said, "I have thoughts on it, but I am not ready to share those thoughts." My translation: If Jeter were no doubt hitting second, Girardi would have said just that. He is keeping wiggle room. Why potentially disrespect an organizational icon before you know his status? But the wiggle room also is there because the Yankees have to win in 2014 after missing the 2013 playoffs and Girardi knows he might have to make an uncomfortable decision to drop Jeter, something he resisted even as Jeter struggled for large swaths of 2010-11.

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December 21, 2013  10:02 AM ET

You Are Done, Bro.

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December 21, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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7th to 9th, depending on who else is in the lineup. Ells should be first. That's why you brought him in. Then Gardner, because if you're gonna value him so much, you better put him at the top to use his speed.The Yanks are desperate, and will continue to regress this year.

Joe Girardi doesn't have the sack to put Jeter anywhere but where he wants to be, 2nd. But either way this should be fun to watch.

IMO, Gardner should hit 9th. Beltran 2nd.

December 21, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Joe Girardi doesn't have the sack to put Jeter anywhere but where he wants to be, 2nd. But either way this should be fun to watch.IMO, Gardner should hit 9th. Beltran 2nd.

agree with the missing sack
I would be shocked if Jeter was not second

December 21, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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7th to 9th, depending on who else is in the lineup. Ells should be first. That's why you brought him in. Then Gardner, because if you're gonna value him so much, you better put him at the top to use his speed.The Yanks are desperate, and will continue to regress this year.

I don't see why they would regress unless they are massively hurt again
they lost one big bat, but picked up 2 + tex

Can't replace mo- obviously-
and they lost pettite who was decent

they likely will make a move for a pitcher and if pineda can actually
pitch- the roster should be fine.

December 21, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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I don't see why they would regress unless they are massively hurt againthey lost one big bat, but picked up 2 + texCan't replace mo- obviously- and they lost pettite who was decentthey likely will make a move for a pitcher and if pineda can actually pitch- the roster should be fine.

* they lost grandy too- but he barely played

December 21, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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I don't see why they would regress unless they are massively hurt againthey lost one big bat, but picked up 2 + texCan't replace mo- obviously- and they lost pettite who was decentthey likely will make a move for a pitcher and if pineda can actually pitch- the roster should be fine.

It's all going to come down to pitching for the Yankees. They have assembled very good lineup and should score enough runs.

Will CC continue to decline? Will you see the Kuroda of 2012 and the first half of 2013, or the one who struggled badly in the second half last season. Will Nova finally put together a full season of quality starts? And can Robertson replace Mo?

December 21, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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7th to 9th, depending on who else is in the lineup. Ells should be first. That's why you brought him in. Then Gardner, because if you're gonna value him so much, you better put him at the top to use his speed.The Yanks are desperate, and will continue to regress this year.

the yankees either force their hand into the hot spot or else lose everything at once!!!

December 21, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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It's all going to come down to pitching for the Yankees. They have assembled very good lineup and should score enough runs.Will CC continue to decline? Will you see the Kuroda of 2012 and the first half of 2013, or the one who struggled badly in the second half last season. Will Nova finally put together a full season of quality starts? And can Robertson replace Mo?

there is no question they have alot of variables/what ifs in their pitching staff
but unless karma continues to pound on them,
I just can't see the amount of injuries being close to the same, which is why I don't see them regressing as the other poster said-
that being said- they have a ton of age
and have several guys that have been oft-injured, so I do expect
several DL stints

December 21, 2013  10:58 AM ET
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* they lost grandy too- but he barely played

but there is one thing that the yankees should be concern,the injury rash that attacked those big bats,from Jeter to Texeira to A-rod to Granderson to the bullpen,,yankees have to be carefull hoping the new guys don't pick the injury rash from the other players!!!

December 21, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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there is no question they have alot of variables/what ifs in their pitching staffbut unless karma continues to pound on them, I just can't see the amount of injuries being close to the same, which is why I don't see them regressing as the other poster said-that being said- they have a ton of age and have several guys that have been oft-injured, so I do expect several DL stints

hoping for the best expecting the worse!!!

December 21, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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but there is one thing that the yankees should be concern,the injury rash that attacked those big bats,from Jeter to Texeira to A-rod to Granderson to the bullpen,,yankees have to be carefull hoping the new guys don't pick the injury rash from the other players!!!

don't worry-
they'll just put some 'tussin on the rash

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December 21, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

there is no question they have alot of variables/what ifs in their pitching staffbut unless karma continues to pound on them, I just can't see the amount of injuries being close to the same, which is why I don't see them regressing as the other poster said-that being said- they have a ton of age and have several guys that have been oft-injured, so I do expect several DL stints

I don't think it's karma so much. Like you said they have a lot of age, and that's by their own doing. You sign players over 30, more of a chance injuries will happen.

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December 21, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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You think it's karma?

or some type of sttuborn virus?"?

December 21, 2013  11:17 AM ET
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I don't think it's karma so much. Like you said they have a lot of age, and that's by their own doing. You sign players over 30, more of a chance injuries will happen.

for sure-
which is why giving ells so much $ with his legit injury history
wasn't a good move, IMO
but we are fans- what can we do.....
he's a yankee- I'll root for him

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December 21, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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If he's ever gonna gave a final good year, this will be it

likely his last one,even though the yanks had have extended his contract for one more year!!!

 
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