The 39-year-old Jeter underwent the knife last October to fix his fractured left ankle.
Although expected to recover in four to five months, Jeter never fully healed from the procedure and played in only 17 games this season.
Missing Hannah Davis’ banging partner, New York went 85-77 and failed to qualify for the playoffs for only the second time in the wild-card era.
Leading MLB with 216 hits in 2012, Jeter’s presence at the plate and in the clubhouse would have dramatically bettered the Bombers.
“I expect him to play, and I think he’ll do everything in his power to get back to the form he was in 2012,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. “He’s got an offseason that he has a lot of strength that he wants to gain back in his legs and have a normal offseason. It should be good for him.”
Badly needing upgrades all over the diamond, the Yankees can rely on Jeter “to get back to the form he was in 2012.”
A 13-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner, Jeter still possesses “a lot of strength.”
The Yankees are a middling squad that is far removed from capturing their 28th World Series championship.
Nevertheless, a healthy Jeter will immediately bolster New York’s lineup.
On a side note, trailing “Charlie Hustle” by 940 hits, fans shouldn’t prematurely dismiss Derek Jeter’s pursuit of Pete Rose’s record.by