Madden-Jeter wants 6 years/150 mil

Bill Madden is reporting that sources in the Jeter camp are looking for a deal that would pay Derek 25 million per year until age 42. He writes:

Throughout this process, Close and Jeter have never revealed what they’re actually looking for – which is why so many Yankee fans, opposing club officials and nationwide media types are asking: Why are the Yankees treating Jeter this way? But sources close to the Jeter/Close camp have said their starting point was six years, $150 million and that they aren’t budging on $25 million per year – which would effectively get the captain about even in annual average salary to Alex Rodriguez, the real benchmark from their standpoint in this negotiation.

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There have been hints of these figures in recent days around the Yanks, but Bill Madden now has it coming directly from Derek’s camp. This could go a long way towards explaining why the Yanks have been so aggressive in publicly taking Derek down a peg in recent days.… Click here to read the rest

Thankful

This post is a cliche, and I don’t care.

–I’m thankful for the fact that I can write for this great blog. I love being able to share my thoughts with you at a moment’s notice just because I want to. I’m thankful for my fellow writers. They challenge me to be better at this every single day and through their excellent writing and eloquent sharing of different ideas.

–I’m thankful that I’ve been able to watch the whole careers of some great players, like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada. Watching them grow as players has been an incredible joy and I can’t wait to be that old man telling his kids and grand kids about these spectacular players I watched growing up.

–I’m thankful that I get to watch a new crop of Yankees, led by Robinson Cano, along with Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner, David Robertson, and (hopefully) Jesus Montero. There’s nothing like watching the new guys take over.… Click here to read the rest

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers

As Yankee fans we have many blessings. Rooting for the most successful franchise in sports history is a recipe for a sports life that will be filled with many magical memories. While most fans in most cities are happy to simply make the playoffs, Yankee fans are crushed when they lose in the ALCS. I’ve always embraced those expectations, but it is important to keep the lofty perch the Yankees occupy in perspective. Baseball is by it’s nature a game of failure, yet we as Yankee fans experience less of it than anyone else. Thanksgiving presents us a perfect opportunity to take stock of our bounty and reflect upon this.

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, one not tied to any religious affiliation or ethnic group. As Americans, we all celebrate it. Baseball is a uniquely American game, while it has spread globally in recent years its roots trace back to the sandlots of Newark, New Jersey and its folklore to the fields of Cooperstown, New York.… Click here to read the rest

Derek Jeter: Where Is The Love?

Over the last few days, the Yankees have lobbed a number of verbal grenades in the direction of Derek Jeter. One surprising thing about the entire saga has been the amount of support the club has gotten in this battle with the Yankee captain. I expected many more indignant fans to rip the Yankees and defend Jeter than I have seen. This has caused me to start thinking about Jeter’s legacy with the fans, and wondering whether he is truly loved by Yankees fans. This morning, I posed the following query on Twitter:

“True or false: Yankees fans respect greatly and are awed by Jeter, but do not LOVE him like they did Mantle and Mattingly.”

I got plenty of votes for both sides, but the majority definitely landed on the side of “false.” That said, I think the initial premise, that he is loved less than players like Mantle and Mattingly, holds true. One interesting comparison brought up by @jhalpin37 in the ensuing Twitter conversation was that of Jeter to Joe DiMaggio.… Click here to read the rest

Projecting the 2011 Yankee Payroll

Tuesday was a big day for the Yankee Hot Stove. The biggest rumors surrounded top Yankee target Cliff Lee. First, it was rumored that the Yankees were considering offering Lee $115 million over five years, an expensive but fair evaluation of his worth. Yesterday those numbers were revised upwards to $140 million over six years.

Although extravagant, that rumor was plausible because it didn’t quite represent over-paying Lee relative to CC Sabathia or Johan Santana. Also, if it were true then you may as well have fit the lefty for Pinstripes because no team in baseball is matching that offer. Finally, it was reported that all this speculation was bunk because the Yankees hadn’t made an offer to Lee. One thing is certain, the market for Lee looks to be about $23 million a year for five or six years, which is expensive, but probably right about where Lee’s eventual contract will land.

Cliff Lee wasn’t the only free agent in the Yankees’ cross-hairs making waves.… Click here to read the rest

Pre-Holiday Thoughts on Jeter

That said, if anything, I think Casey Close may want to tamp down his rhetoric a bit. For all the talk about how the Yankees may or may not be insulting or devaluing Jeter, if anything the harshest words have come from Close. Everyone associated with the front office has acknowledged Jeter’s value to the franchise above what he does on the field, and the fact of the matter is that the Yankees have made Jeter an offer that is larger than what anyone else is likely to offer. I assume that Close is aware of that, so doing things like calling the offer “baffling” can’t do anything but hurt Jeter. It’s not going to get him a 5 year, $100 million deal by any stretch.

Ultimately, I think there’s a problem here of perception versus reality. I was talking to a friend the other day and reiterated that I thought it was crucial not to significantly overpay Jeter, to which he rather indignantly responded that they overpay everyone else, so why would they stop with Jeter of all people?… Click here to read the rest

On the Arbitration Offers (Or Lack Thereof)

Yesterday, the Yankees declined to offer arbitration to all of their free agents (Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Lance Berkman, and Kerry Wood) except for Javier Vazquez.

We can quite easily say that offering to Vazquez was the riskiest thing the Yankees could have done. He had, by far, the worst year of the five and made a good chunk of change. Had he accepted, the Yankees probably would’ve been on the hook for a good deal of money and a (probably) unproductive player. But, Vazquez and the Yankees had an agreement, and Vazquez turned down arbitration. So, he’ll give the Yankees a sandwich pick when he signs elsewhere. This may be the best thing Javy’s done for the Yankees in 2010 (yes that’s hyperbole).

Not offering to Wood and Berkman makes a bit of sense. Wood made a lot of money and the risk of acceptance was far too big for the reward. Seeing as how Berkman wanted his option to be declined, offering him arbitration would seem less risky, but the Yankees played it safe.… Click here to read the rest

2010 Season in Review: The Bullpen

Though Mariano Rivera really deserves his own post, we’re including him in our bullpen Season in Review, primarily because we’ve already done so many individual player reviews that it just seemed easier this way.

We touched on the Yankee bullpen in the Positive Storylines from 2010 post a few weeks ago, noting that in 2010 the unit posted the third-best ERA (3.47) in the American League (and best mark of Joe Girardi‘s three-year tenure) and the fifth-best FIP (4.06).

Here are the numbers for the pitchers who threw in relief for the Yankees this past season, sorted by FIP (note: yWAR is simply an average of fWAR and bWAR):

Once again Mariano was the Yankees’ best reliever for the 14th straight season. Mo’s triple slash of 1.80/2.81/3.65 was as good as it’s ever been, and he has continued to defy all logic and reason by remaining one of the AL’s elite closers despite being 40 years old (Mo turns 41 at the end of November).… Click here to read the rest