- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 10, 2010

TAMPA, Fla. | Derek Jeter likes the Yankees’ chance to repeat as World Series champions.

“As long as we stay healthy, I like the team that we have,” the New York captain said after a pre-spring training workout on Wednesday.

One year after signing free agent pitchers CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, the Yankees strengthened their rotation by acquiring Javier Vazquez from Atlanta.

“It all goes back to what I always say: You pitch, you have a chance to win,” Jeter said. “It’s a long season you’ve got to go through.”

New York also added outfielders Curtis Granderson, Randy Winn and Marcus Thames, and designated hitter Nick Johnson.

Jeter took four weeks off after the postseason, then started indoor workouts. He began outdoor drills in mid-January.

“You celebrate for a short amount of time and then it’s back to preparing for the next season,” Jeter said. “Last year was a wonderful year, but last year is over with.”

Jeter is entering the final season of a $189 million, 10-year contract. He plans to address the topic after New York media arrives for spring training next week.

NOTES: Fifth starter candidate Joba Chamberlain threw off a mound and pitching coach Dave Eiland said he “looked good.”

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