I’ve longed loathed Derek Jeter, merely because I believe him to be one of the most overrated players to play the game of baseball. You may or may not agree with me and that’s ok. Today isn’t about his overratedness. Today is about how Jeter apparently thinks that he still should be able to throw his weight around when it comes to contract negotiations. And this is after coming off the worst year in his overrated career.
If you’re not familiar with this whole thing, let me catch you up. The Yankees (foolishly) offered Jeter a three 3 year deal that would pay Jeter $21 million per year. Jeter (arrogantly) turned down the deal stating that he wants at least a four-year deal, and preferably a five or six year deal. Yes, a five or six year deal for a man that just came off his worst year of his overrated career!
The Yankees (smartly) have informed Jeter that he is free to hit the open market and find a team that will offer him anything better than what the Yankees are (foolishly) offering.
* Spolier Alert – Jeter won’t find anything better.
Yankee president Randy Levine said Wednesday that Jeter is “allowed to test the market” and that it’s “a different negotiation than 10 years ago,” adding further intrigue to the developing talks with the free-agent shortstop.
“All I can say is we think he’s a great Yankee, we think he’s been a great Yankee and we’ve been great for him and this is the best place for him,” Levine said. “But he’s a free agent and he’s allowed to test the market and do whatever he wants.”
“He’s a baseball player,” Levine said. “It’s a player negotiation. Everything he is and who he is gets factored in. But this isn’t a licensing deal or a commercial rights deal. He’s a baseball player.
“But with that said, you can’t take away from who he is. He brings a lot to the organization and we bring a lot to him…. Derek Jeter is a great Yankee, a great player. That said, now is a different negotiation than 10 years ago.”
No need to fret, Yankees fans. You’re captain will be in pinstripes come the summer. Mainly because he has no place to go.