Sorry for the long time in between posts. Life gets busy.
Yankees- (Saint) Derek Jeter- Sorry to tell you guys but Jeter isn't the player he used to be. And that's a problem. He has never been a good defender and its always getting worse. His power has totally dissapeared and he doesn't get on base as much as he used to. His stats have been declining across the board for the past three years and at 34 years old I have no reason to expect the decline to suddenly stop. He's still one of the best shortstops in the AL but he`s overpaid and its time to stop saying he has a chance to one day have more hits than Pete Rose. I do think he was banged up last year though and should bounceback to a degree in 2009. Just closer to 2008 than 2007. His decline is something you really have to worry about as a Yankees fan though.
Red Sox- Julio Lugo/Jed Lowrie-The Julio Lugo signing is looking pretty bad for Boston right about now. An EQA of .263 won't cut it in the AL East and that was the past he`d done in the past 3 years. He`s a bad fielder as well. Boston would be better off with Lowrie instead. He was pretty solid in a rookie year last year and actually seems to be able to field. Regardless though, shortstop is one of the few holes in Boston's lineup. They better hope that Lowrie works out. I have a feeling that Lugo will get the majority of the starts though with their big investment in him. If that's true then good luck guys.
Rays- Jason Bartlett- Bartlett is a pretty solidly mediocore guy who will put up around average stats with about a .260 EQA and an okay glove. He`s not exactly a key component of the Rays but he fills a hole well enough for them. He`s got absolutely no power, even less than Jeter but he has a solid enough OBP to avoid being an automatic out. He's not great but if he's the worst hitter they have then the Rays are going to be pretty good.
Conclusion- Yankees- Red Sox- Rays-Its pretty clear that the Yankees are best off here even if Jeter sinks lower than 2008. I only put Boston ahead of the Rays because of Lowrie's potential to be good. Bartlett is a little bit ahead of Lugo and it really depends on how Francona manages.