Derek Jeter is as consistent as they come. Jeter is a career .317 hitter who became the Yankees all-time hits leader last season. Jeter also became the first 35-year-old shortstop to ever win the World Series. No other team has had a $200 million+ payroll, but that’s beside the point!

Jeter is set to become a free-agent after this season. However, everyone expects the Yankees to hand Jeter a blank check and call it a day. Regardless, what should fans expect from The Captain in 2010?Jeter re-invented himself defensively and had a career year with the bat in 2010. Jeter hit .334 with 18 HRs and 30 SBs while finishing 3rd in MVP voting. Defensively, Jeter post a 6.6 UZR, grossly better than his previous seasons (-15.3 UZR in 2007). This statistic is truly remarkable for a 35-year-old shortstop.

Jeter posted an overall WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of 7.4, meaning that he added 7.4 wins compared to the average shortstop.

Jeter also posted an impressive line of .344-.432-.563 in the 2009 post season. The guy is showing no signs of slowing down.

Jeter hits at the top of an absolutely loaded line-up and is a sure bet to score 100+ runs. Jeter had an 83% stolen base conversation rate in 2009, 3rd best of his career.

Other Notes:

Jeter’s Three-Year Averages: (.319, 199 hits, 13 HRs, 18 SBs). Factor in the pending free-agency and we can project Derek Jeter to have a great season.

Projected Defense: Shortstop typically begin their decline after their 35th birthdays. It’ll be interesting to see how Jeter performs this season.

Projection: .321, 205 hits, 15 HRs, 25 SBs, 3.4 UZR, 4.3 WAR

Regardless of Jeter’s production this season, the Yankees and Jeter will enter uncharted waters at the end of the season. No team has ever spend more than $10 million/year on shortstop over 35 years-old. Once again, Derek Jeter and the Yankees will make history next winter. Let’s just hope that some history starts in early November.

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