It has been reported that the New York Yankees are close to re-signing short stop Brendan Ryan to the team. The reason behind this re-signing is merely as insurance to Derek Jeter.
Jeter missed a majority of the 2013 season, and Ryan took his place; stepping up defensively,but falling flat offensively.
According to the NY Post,
Ryan, a high-end defender with feeble offense, would serve as some insurance in case Derek Jeter cannot play shortstop regularly as he attempts to return from his ankle injuries.
The deal was described as “small” and would not deter the Yankees from pursuing a better player who could play shortstop and, perhaps, third base, such as free agents Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta. The Yanks are looking to bulk up on the left side of the infield and be protected if Jeter is incapable of playing and Alex Rodriguez’s suspension is upheld.
Ryan, who turns 32 in March, was traded from the Mariners to the Yankees on Sept. 10. In 17 games with the Yanks, he showed his strength (playing spectacular defense) and weakness (producing a .563 OPS).
Hopefully for the Yankees, Jeter is able to get back on the field and remain healthy next season. But at least if he can’t play in every game, the team will have some kind of back-up plan with Ryan.