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New York Yankees infield range 'worst in baseball'

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Jeter returns after a 2013 season lost to injury.
Jeter returns after a 2013 season lost to injury..

The New York Yankees have the least range of on the infield than any other team in Major League Baseball, according to an unnamed big-league scout.

"It's got to be the worst in baseball," the scout told CBS Sports.

Derek Jeter, 39, is set to start at shortstop this season despite missing the whole of 2013 to an ankle injury and they have no money left to rectify the situation.

Top free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew remains unsigned as we enter the latter part of spring training and the Yankees were thought to have held talks over the weekend. However, the word coming out of those talks is that the Yankees have drunk themselves dry this summer and have no money left.

So far the Yankees have committed an estimated $458 million to sign free-agent stars Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, which has helped to improve their offence as well as adding a major name to their pitching line-up.

Despite the big spending, big gaps remain and the scout believes their infield defense will prove to be a major issue when the 2014 season gets underway. 

"They have six holes," he said, referring to a gaping space between the four defenders.

A Yankees official reportedly told CBS Sports that although the defense looked "vulnerable", it would be OK before praising the minor leaguers who have plugged the gaps in spring training so far, picking out Brian Roberts for special praise.

The scout, however, sees it differently, saying: "He looks to me like he's swinging a weighted bat at times."

After bursting through the $189 million luxury-tax threshold, many believed the Yankees would carry on spending but, as the season draws nearer, it is looking more and more likely that they will stick with their current infield line-up.

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