Look, we are trying to find non-Derek Jeter things to talk about, but until the winter meetings conclude, there just isn't any earth shattering MLB news to discuss other than talking about "what if."
As for Jeter, as it's been widely reported, apparently in his meeting with the Yankees yesterday the Bronx Bombers were willing to raise their offer from 3 years - $45 million to 3 years - $50 million ish... ($16 mill - $17 mill per year.)
The 10 year contract extension that Troy Tulowitzki just signed with the Colorado Rockies breaks down to a $15.7 million average. If Derek Jeter thinks that he should be paid more than Troy Tulowitzki going forward, he's either lost his mind or perhaps he is failing in his old age.
The problem for Jeter hasn't changed, he has no leverage. A few days ago, Brian Sabean and the San Francisco Giants were kicking Jeter's tires, but the signing of Miguel Tejada takes away even that remote possibility. No one else had even picked up the phone.
To compound the problem for Jeter, the deal that Tulowitzki just signed gives him even less leverage than the no leverage that he had before. If it possible to have negative leverage in a negotiation, Derek Jeter has it. If he were to do the unthinkable and play somewhere else, it's a 100% certainty that team would not give him more than $50 million for three years. That's being the case, there is no way he could leave and have the Yankees look like the bad guys. The only way for that to happen would be for the Yankees to be offering less than someone else.
If Jeter re-signs with the Yankees (there's no reason to believe he wouldn't), he'll sign soon because the longer this drags on the worse it becomes for him. The Yankees have a standing offer out there that is a heck of a lot more than anyone else would give him and every day he doesn't take it makes him look greedy (because everyone knows he can't get more from someone else.)
As for guys worth talking about who play MLB not named Derek Jeter.......... Looking at the 2011 Free Agent Tracker:
- The Texas Rangers are doing whatever they possibly can to keep Cliff Lee in a Rangers uniform. Remember, there is no state income tax in Texas, so the Rangers can offer less money and still match the Yankees.
- Although no one has heard form Zack Greinke, everyone assumes that if he's traded it will not be to a large market team. - i.e. the Yankees.
- Carl Crawford is looking for an 8 year deal (why anyone would think he can run like he does 8 years from now is beyond me.)
- Jayson Werth wants a 6 year deal before he joins Edge in the WWF.
- Adam Dunn who would be perfect for an AL team doesn't want to DH.
- Paul Konerko has no eff'ing idea what he wants to do.
- Adrian Beltre is waiting for his phone to ring. I hope it's on.... - Mike Cardano
Mike is the founder of Around the Horn Baseball & Xtra Point Football.
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