It may take a while to get back to 100%, but now that the boot is off, Derek Jeter has started to work out down in Tampa. Hopefully that broken ankle won’t sap the soon-to-be-39-year-old Jeter of what’s left of his range. He opens the season with 3304 hits.
Meanwhile, another minor signing, and it’s of an old face. In continuing to search for a righty-hitting OF, the Yanks signed Juan Rivera. Rivera will be 35 in July, and he hit .244-9-47 for the Dodgers last year (OPS+ 81). He has mostly played LF, RF and 1B in his career, and started his career with the Yankees, for whom he played 2001-2003. He is a .274 career hitter with 132 HR and a career OPS+ of 102. Rivera was signed to a minor-league deal.
Meanwhile, Nick Johnson has retired and Freddy Garcia signed a minor-league deal with SD.