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.... Something to think about

All of the NY papers, as well as all of my friends and family are screaming for the all-out failure Yankees to completely rebuild. David Pinto suggests that to start with, Jeter should move to third. He also wonders about the difficulty of doing so. Bill James has written several times that almost all defensive shifts are left-ward, as in centerfield to left, and certainly shortstop to third qualifies.

I think Jeter would make an excellent third basemen, as I wrote many moons ago, and Soriano would make a great centerfielder, so what the Yanks really need to get, (in my humble opinion) is a terrific double play combination. Of course, that's certainly easier said than done, but instead of going out and getting Vlad to power up the outfield, they could do it themselves by sending Soriano's 78 home runs the last two seasons out there.

Moving him out of the infield could also help him at the plate, (his plate discipline, or lack thereof, is absurd), as playing the outfield is considerably less taxing than either second or short. Bernie could play left, (where his lack of arm won't be as problematic), and certainly Matsui could make up for his lack of a gun with his excellent instincts and positioning.

Just a thought, as I have a working connection this morning.

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