According to the NY Post, shortstop Brendan Ryan is “close” to re-signing with the Yankees as insurance for Derek Jeter.

When Ryan was acquired in September, we wondered if this meant the front office was souring on its crown jewel, Eduardo Nunez. While Ryan cannot hit, he’s been baseball’s elite defensive shortstop since 2009. Over the past five years, he leads all MLB SS in defensive runs saved (95) and UZR (47). Over the past three years, he also leads all MLB SS in defensive runs saved (51) and is third in UZR (26.5).

Nunez, on the other hand, has no redeeming qualities as a professional baseball player.

If Ryan is on the team from the outset of 2014, does that mean we’ve seen the last of everyone’s favorite awful player?