Derek Jeter has retired. He will no longer play for the New York Yankees. Not next year. Not the year after that. Never again. Jeter will not pull an Andy Pettitte or Roger Clemens and decide to return at some point in 2015. It isn’t happening. That means that – whether you like it or not, and I certainly fall into the latter – the Yankees must finally look for a new shortstop to replace Jeter. Without a clear-cut replacement working his way up through the minor leagues, the Yankees will likely need to address this glaring hole through free agency. Well, the Baltimore Orioles just gave J.J. Hardy a three-year contract extension worth $40 million, so New York can cross off that option. Still, the Yankees are notorious for spending too much money to acquire a player they covet, especially after missing out on the playoffs. Just think what will be going through the minds of the Yankees’ executives after failing to qualify for the postseason in consecutive seasons. Could that be enough to push the Yankees to sign Hanley Ramirez?
We are talking about the Yankees. Anything is possible.