Mar 23, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) forces out Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (13) and throws the ball to first base for a double play during the second inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees infield range described as "worst in baseball"


 

You know what team could really use Stephen Drew? The Yankees.

But the Yankees reportedly will not pursue Drew because, hilariously, the Yankees are out of money.

The Yankees spent so much dough bringing in Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann that they no longer have the payroll flexibility to improve their infield.

So they are stuck going into the season with potentially the most dreadful infield defense in recent memory.

A scout laid out the badness to John Heyman in the most blunt terms imaginable.

“It’s got to be the worst in baseball,” the scout said of the Yankees’ infield range.

But is that really fair? Well let’s look at it.

You have 39-year-old Derek Jeter at shortstop. He never had great range to begin with, and now he’s old and coming off an ankle injury.

You have Brian Roberts, an average defender, at second base. He is 36 and pretty much always hurt.

At third base you have Kelly Johnson, another less-than-stellar defender. But at least he is relatively young at 32.

And of course at first you have Mark Teixeira, who is 33 and about as nimble as one of the centerfield monuments.

So yeah, it’s fair to say that is potentially a terrible defensive infield.

The best you can say about these players is that they will gobble up everything they get to.

The Yankees pitchers will just have to strike out a lot of guys, I guess. Cause most of what gets hit on the ground is going to find its way through.

Grow that infield grass, Yankees. That’s your solution. Make that stuff into a jungle. Then maybe you’ll have a shot.

Either that or find some extra money and bring in Stephen Drew.

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