Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman said that he was taken out of context earlier Tuesday when he talked about a possible position switch for shortstop Derek Jeter.
The Yankees’ general manager was quoted as saying Jeter could be moved to the outfield before the end of his new contract. But Cashman said he was addressing a hypothetical from WFAN’s Mike Francesa, the host of the breakfast Q&A where he made the remarks.
“If you listen to Mike he talks a lot about Jeter moving from short to third and [Alex Rodriguez] going from third to DH,” Cashman said in a phone interview with the New York Post Tuesday afternoon.
“I said that’s not something we’re focused on right now at all. He’s our shortstop and he’s going to do everything in his power to stay there. Mike said that he thought that was the way to go. I said I thought his skill set would take him to the outfield if he was to move off that position.
“We signed him to be our shortstop,” Cashman added. “It’s as simple as that. If adjustments have to be made we’ll deal with it when that day occurs, if it ever occurs.”
Jeter, the Yankees’ starting shortstop since 1996, signed a three-year, $51 million contract with a player option for a fourth year. Despite winning his fifth Gold Glove Award last season at age 36, Jeter’s range at shortstop has been continually questioned.
Also at the WFAN fan breakfast, Cashman reportedly said the Red Sox were better than the Yankees right now, but his team has a better bullpen after the recent signing of former Tampa Bay closer Rafael Soriano.
Cashman also reportedly said, "We’re one starter away from being a World Series contender." But he added that Joba Chamberlain would not move back into the rotation and that 38-year-old Andy Pettitte is unlikely to return for another season.