Since I started the day criticizing Jeter-criticism-gone-too-far, let me balance things out by responding to Mark Feinsand’s column from last Friday in the Daily News, the takeaway of which is that Jeter will be back as a Yankee next year no matter the cost:
Alex Rodriguez is due to earn $184 million over the next seven years – and that doesn’t even include the $30 million he can collect from his pursuit of Barry Bonds’ home run record. Jeter won’t get that kind of money, but if A-Rod is making an average of $26.2 million through 2014, how can the Yankees pay Jeter less than the $21 million he’s making now?
It’s more likely that Jeter will get a raise to $22 million to $25 million per over the next four or five years. That sounds like a ton of money for a shortstop who will turn 37 next summer, but as the rival GM points out, the value of Jeter’s 3,000th hit alone – he was recently named the most marketable player in baseball by Sports Business Daily – is enough to make an inflated deal worthwhile for the Yankees.
“He’s always going to be worth far more to the Yankees than he will be anywhere else,” the GM said. “You can’t quantify what he’s worth with a normal equation. Forget what he does on the field – and he’s still an excellent player – but the business reasons alone are so compelling, it makes too much sense on both sides.”