A Look Back at Past Contract Talks Between Derek Jeter and the Yankees

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Derek Jeter’s contract negotiations have easily been the most widely discussed topic in Yankeeland, despite there really not being much news to report. For some reason, several media types have used the off-season lull to repeatedly denigrate Jeter to the point of portraying him...

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Jeter’s Contract … Again … But This One’s “Fair”

Offensively, Jeter’s been basically league-average this season. His .276/.339/.387 line is good for a 99 OPS+, but league-average is pretty good for a shortstop. But that’s still a far cry from his .334/.406/.465 2009 season. What happened? The easiest thing to do is point toward his BABiP, but that’s a bit simplistic. For his career, Jeter’s BABiP is .357, but it’s only .311 this season, meaning his slash line is lower than it should be. But is there an underlying problem? Maybe. His O-Swing% is 28.9%, which is 6% above last season and 8.6% above normal, and that means that his plate discipline has regressed for some reason. He’s also making contact with those pitches more than usual, which may account for his ridiculously high GB/FB rate of 4.21 (for reference, that leads all of baseball by over 1 to second place Elvis Andrus, who has one of 2.92). Therefore, Jeter is swinging at more pitches out of the zone (losing valuable walks) and hitting more balls on the ground than normal, and to top it all off, he’s hitting fewer line drives.…

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Derek Jeter in his contract year

Amid the ongoing struggles of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira it has been convenient to overlook Derek Jeter‘s poor performance at the plate. TYU has been all over this (and deserve credit for helping...

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Jeter not worried about his contract situation (and he shouldn’t be)

Today in Tampa, Derek Jeter met with the media to discuss the new year and, of course, his looming free agency was the dominant topic of conversation. As was expected, Jeter brushed the issue off as a possible distraction and affirmed his desire to be a Yankee for...

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