“I expect him to play, and I think he’ll do everything in his power to get back to the form he was in 2012,” Girardi said. “He’s got an offseason that he has a lot of strength that he wants to gain back in his legs and have a normal offseason. It should be good for him.”
Of course, what are they supposed to say? Jeter will finally show his age and look less than impressive? Of course not.
But the fact is, Jeter is coming off a pretty gnarly injury and had trouble staying healthy with a variety of different ailments this season. That’s not to say Jeter’s career is over by any stretch, but it’s looking more and more likely Father Time is slowly creeping towards the iconic shortstop.
So while we’ve likely seen the best years of Jeter, even a diminished Jeter will provide dividends for the Yankees come 2014, not only on the field but in terms of leadership.