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Cashman: Derek Jeter’s future could be in center field

01.25.11 at 1:05 pm ET
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Derek Jeter is the Yankees’ shortstop. But New York GM Brian Cashman has already started to give thought to a potential position change for the future Hall of Famer.

Cashman, in an appearance on WFAN in New York this morning, said that he could envision Jeter following the path of Hall of Famer Robin Yount, who spent the first 11 years of his career as a shortstop before moving to center field for the final nine years of his career. Yount won MVPs at both shortstop (in 1982) and center field (in 1989).

“I like corner outfielders and corner infielders who have power, so for me, if [Jeter's] ever gonna move, it’s probably gonna be a Robin Yount situation. But we don’t have to deal with it at this point,” Cashman said, in remarks detailed by ESPN.com. “We’ll deal with it when we have to.”

The idea of having Jeter follow Yount’s career path would have its challenges. Yount was entering his age 29 season when he moved to the outfield. Jeter is entering his age 37 season. Only 19 players have played 100 or more games in center field in a season after turning 37. (For the list, click here.)

Cashman said that it would be surprising if Jeter remained at shortstop for the life of his three-year, $51 million deal that includes a player option for a fourth year, but that he wouldn’t rule out such a possibility completely, and that Jeter is working diligently this offseason in hopes of staying at short. Moreover, Cashman made clear that the Yankees are not currently working to prepare for such a move, and that Jeter is viewed as the shortstop for the coming year.

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