Yanks infield could be worst ever
With A-Rod banned and Jeter aging, New York is looking at a disastrous infield
- Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesFrom 2010-13, the best wRC+ Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter achieved was 117.
In 2013, for the first time in 11 seasons, the wins above replacement (WAR) posted by the New York Yankees' infield starters was less than 10.0. In fact, it fell well short of that mark, as Lyle Overbay, Robinson Cano, Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez combined for a more modest 5.3 WAR. This week, two pieces of news came out that might make 2014 even more bleak, at least on the field.
First, Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season. Second, it was revealed that the team is unlikely to sign any other free agents to a major league deal before spring training. In other words, what you see is what you get. And that might be quite unsightly. In fact, it could end up being the worst infield in the Yankees' soon-to-be 114-year history.
Digging back through the years, it is clear that the Yankees have had some pretty good infields. For our purposes here, we're defining an infielder as the player who played the most games at first base, second base, third base and shortstop in each season. That obviously leaves utility players out of the equation, but for a quick-and-dirty estimate, it works pretty well. After all, generally speaking, if a player is good enough to start, he'll start.
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