Al Jeterzeera in full effect

Main course:

Cashman calls offer to Jeter ‘appropriate and fair’

There is nothing baffling about our position,” Cashman said. “We have been very honest and direct with them, not through the press. We feel our offer is appropriate and fair. We appreciate the contributions Derek has made to our organization and we have made it clear to them. Our primary focus is his on-the-field performance the last couple of years in conjunction with his age, and we have some concerns in that area that need to be addressed in a multiyear deal going forward.

“I restate Derek Jeter is the best shortstop for this franchise as we move forward. The difficulty is finding out what is fair between both sides.”

The Yankees have made Jeter a three-year offer of $45 million, obviously short of what the 36-year-old icon is seeking.

Dessert:

In this numbers game, Jeter’s don’t add up

Derek Jeter’s position when it comes to his contract negotiations appears to be this: I am Derek Jeter, pay me.

It doesn’t matter he has almost no leverage or he is coming off his worst season or the production of shortstops 37 and older in major league history is dismal.

Logic and facts are not supposed to matter. All that is supposed to matter is this: I am Derek Jeter, pay me.

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I’ve said plenty about this over the last few days.  Your turn. Who’s right, who’s wrong?  Where is this going to wind up and when?

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16 thoughts on “Al Jeterzeera in full effect

  1. Ochtung

    We've "wasted" money on so many other players not worthy of wearing pinstripes. Give El Capitan his fourth year guaranteed with an optional fifth year. Include a service agreement on the back end and call it a day.

    The man has been nothing other than dignified and classy; show cases the organization and has always been a stand up guy. Why fight it out in the tabloids now? Cash, showboat and posture behind closed doors.

  2. LarryAtIIATMS

    Y'know something Jason? I'm starting to think that this may not happen.

    What is Jeter's leverage? His leverage is that he thinks he's worth more than $15 million a year for three years. His leverage is, so long as he's going to be paid less than he thinks he's worth, he's free to consider anyone's offer, no matter how low it might be. It's not like he needs the money. Why not sign a one-year Adrian Beltre kind of deal for, say, $6 million a year, to prove his worth? There are a ton of teams that would pay Jeter $6 million a year, if only to stick it to the Yankees.

    I am trying to picture the tabloid headlines if Jeter signs the current offer. I don't live in NY, so tell me if you think I'm wrong, but I think the headlines will be that the Yankees drove a hard bargain, and that Jeter is being paid much less than A-Rod. I think the headlines might refer to Jeter as "humbled" or even "humiliated". I think Jeter is a very proud man, with good reason to be proud, and that he's not going to sign a contract if there's any kind of public impression that he's been humiliated.

    The way I'm starting to see this is, the Yankees will get this deal done as soon as they offer Jeter a way to save face, and I think that can be done by building the right kind of incentives into his contract. If both sides can say that Jeter will make $20 – $25 million a year if Jeter performs above a certain level, and if the incentives are set high enough to make it worth the Yankees while to pay Jeter the extra bucks, then BOTH sides save face.

    Saving face now seems to be a necessary part of the negotiating process, and you could knock me over with a feather, because I never thought it would come to this. I never imagined that Cashman would publicly invite Jeter to test the market and see if he can do better than $15 million a year.

    I'm disappointed in this process. Jeter deserves blame, but the guy hasn't negotiated a contract in ten years, so I can cut him some slack. The Yankees do this sort of thing all the time, and their handling of this matter has been clumsy and undignified.

    • The "overpay" I have been thinking about is the $5m/year to get him from $15m to $20m as he achieves milestones and other incentives. Low hanging fruit. How about an extra $1m for another Gold Glove!

      Just get this out of the papers already

  3. LarryAtIIATMS

    Tell me I'm crazy … but if I'm Jeter, I want to show Cashman that I have other options, even if just to save my pride.

    What about Jeter taking a 1 year $8 MM deal to play second base for his old buddy Donny Baseball and the LA Dodgers? I think the Dodgers would make the offer — they need an upgrade at 2B, and Jeter would help eliminate some of the stench from the McCourt divorce. Jeter would be moving from one major media market to another, and his star power might even be enhanced. He might make more money with proximity to Hollywood than he would by finishing his career in NY. At the same time he'd be able to disprove everything they're saying about him in NY: that he's greedy, that he insists on playing SS despite the erosion of his physical skills. He can say that the money never mattered to him, he just wanted to play for a team that really, really wants him there and values his presence. He can say that the Dodgers expressed a strong desire to have him play there, while the Yankees no longer seemed interested. He can say that he's moving because he wants to help his old friend Mattingly make a good start. He can say that he purposely picked the Dodgers so he would not have to play against the Yankees.

    Yes, this sounds crazy to me, too. But tell me why Jeter wouldn't do it.

    Tell me quickly, too. I'm thinking about posting on it.

    • Jeter is as prideful a guy as you will see. I've said many times here that this public negotiation is bad for both sides and Jeter very well might bolt out of pride. A giant FU to the Steinbrenners and Cashman.

      I've also said many times that if Jeter chooses to leave, I will be incredibly bummed but my world won't end. The business side of that happening is probably a net positive for the Organization, in capital letters.

      Playing this out in public is bad form. Jeter doesn't deserve being treated like any old free agent. Keep it quiet, work out the details and be done with it.

      • LarryAtIIATMS

        Hey, if Jeter bolts, maybe I should offer my services to the LA Dodgers sweetspot blog. You wouldn't dare me to test the market, would you?

    • BTW: Post away as you wish, with my blessings.

    • Fine with me.

    • Brien@IIATMS

      Jeter CAN do whatever he wants, but let's be clear about one thing: leaving town to take less money with another team because he was "insulted" the Yankees would only overpay him by 40% rather than 150% is probably going to do a number on his public image and damage his long term earning power. It would be one thing if someone offered him more money than the Yankees, but I think we all agree that that's not going to happen. And that's the reality Jeter is up against. Whether he realizs it or not is the question.

  4. JCJon

    I feel like this whole public spectacle is due to the Yankees. It started when Hank Steinbrenner opened his mouth, before negotiations even began, that things might get messy. They're taking advantage of Jeter's personality –not going to the press, not making a public spectacle.

    We don't know what Jeter's thinking, because he hasn't said anything. Yes, his agent said he was baffled. But it seemed it was due in part to the Yankees making everything so public. Negotiate in private. At some point, you would think the Yankees would step away from the need to have the most coverage at any price. I'm also beginning to wonder how much power Cashman has vis-a-vis Randy Levine.

    • I firmly agree JCJon.

      Unless… the team TRULY believes that Jeter won't live up to the contract ON THE FIELD. Despite a rather pedestrian 2010, he's still better than anything else out there right now and anything the organization has ready to fill that void if Jeter bolts.

      It's bad form and I don't like it one bit.

  5. Joseph

    I'm a prideful guy too but I would never leave a boss who wont overpay me and go elsewhere to make half of what I make now doing the same thing.
    They should do a 4 year $80 million contract but have Jeter donate $7 million a year to the Yankees favorite charity.

  6. Scott

    Jeter is not negotiating his agent is. I would presume his agent has done this before. Jeter is going to get a 4 year contract about 16 a year with incentives or performance bonuses.

  7. Scott

    The Yankees have a business to run. Jeter will not get 45 million from any other team out there. The yankees are overpaying because it is Jeter. And Just because Arod's contract is asinine doesn't mean Jeter's should be too.

  8. Allen

    Does this remind anyone of how the Yankees got rid of Joe Torre? Offered him a contract that was a pay cut but still great pay for his 'position,' just to make him look like a bad guy for turning down the offer, when they knew all along he would never take it. I'm sure the thought has crossed Jeter's mind that this offer is the Yankees' way of getting rid of him without stirring the ire of the fans, especially given the way they've been hitting him in the press as a greedy washed up player who wants to take so much money that they won't be able to sign free agents. If Jeter does walk away, I will be absolutely convinced that the team wanted it to go down that way. It's a really scummy way to treat people – if you don't want someone, just cut them loose – don't drag them through the mud first.

    • Brien@IIATMS

      No, that's not what's happening at all. The idea that the Yankees don't want Jeter back is absurd. IF they didnt want him back, they'd be offering him something more in line with his market value, not something 50-100% greater than that value.

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