sblinyy wrote:It seems most of you are talking about just his fielding.
Considering the title of the topic is "Do you think Jeter is a good fielding SS?", I fail to see the problem.
As for my opinion. I don't think the flashy plays are the result of his lack of range. He makes those types of plays going to his right. His range that way is fine IMO, it's anything hit two feet or more to his left that's the problem. Overall I don't think he's the butcher that some metrics have made it look like, but I agree he has no business winning those Gold Golves. He probably peaked at slightly above average and he's below average right now.
While I personally would like to see him move to another position in the next year or two (either LF or 1B) but I don't think the Yankees will actually do it. I think he'll be the regular SS for better or worse until Posada's contract is up, and then he'll be the DH until he retires. I just can't see him moving to another position. The Yankees are welcome to surprise me, but I just don't see it.
AcidRock23 wrote:I dunno, going from being an OK 3B to being a plus 1B might help the team and then the Yanks could track down a purchasable defensively-minded 3B and solidify the whole infield more. Prospectus had a blurb that '1B is as wide open as it was May 2, 1939, the day Lou Gehrig asked out of the lineup' (Baseball Prospectus 2008, p. 342)
I don't think that will last very long. There's a switch hitting, good fielding first baseman currently playing down south who's a free agent next season. 3B is an offense position. Being an average fielder is ok if that person can mash and I don't think A-Rod will breakdown physically enough in the next handful of years that he won't be at least average.