A Modest Proposal for Derek

Some fans have argued that the Yanks are treating Derek unfairly, saying “How can you give all that money to A-Rod and NOT pay Derek?” and they’re right. We should treat both of these players exactly the same. Hence, I would like to propose the following clause be added to Derek Jeter’s contract:

An additional performance bonus of $6 mil plus a $30 mil marketing agreement for each of the following milestones-
-Passes 500 Home Runs
-Passes 600 Home Runs
-Hits HR #714, 755 and 762

Just like Alex.

(h/t to Dirty Pena of RAB)Click here to read the rest

Crazy Talk

Yes, it is crazy to think about Jeter in Dodger blue. It is crazy to think about Jeter wearing anything other than Yankee pinstripes.  Jeter as a Dodger is a crazy thought because the Dodgers are strapped for cash, what with their ownership fighting tooth and nail in divorce court.  It is crazy because the Dodgers already have an excellent shortstop, one of the best in baseball, Rafael Furcal, who produced 4.1 fWAR in two-thirds of a season in 2010.

Jeter could only play for the Dodgers if he agreed to play a position other than shortstop.  But where else might Jeter play?  The Dodgers have $5.25 million committed in 2011 to Casey Blake, so presumably there’s no room for Jeter at third base.  But what about second base? Ryan Theriot manned second base for the Dodgers after his acquisition from the Cubs, but he produced a 0.0 fWAR in 2010 and the Dodgers may not tender him an offer in 2011. … Click here to read the rest

News Day: Pettitte, Arbitration Decisions, MVP, Cashman (Update)

Today was a day loaded with news, so let’s dive right in.

1) Ken Davidoff is reporting that Andy Pettitte is leaning towards a return to the Yankees in 2011. This is fantastic news, as it makes the Yankees a bit less reliant on signing Cliff Lee and means that they are likely to be at least as good in the rotation this coming year as they were last season.

2) The Yankees are going to offer arbitration to Kerry Wood and Javy Vazquez, but not Derek Jeter. The Jeter decision likely stems from a fear that he would accept it and make 18-22 million dollars next year, although it may have just been a good faith effort to show Jeter that they are committed to reaching a long-term agreement with him and do not want to unnecessarily injure his bargaining position. Javy has already agreed to decline arbitration, meaning the club will gain a supplemental draft pick once he signs with another club.… Click here to read the rest

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.Click here to read the rest

Playoff Expansion the Right Way

Let me also say that, while I agreed with the strategy, watching the Yankees and Rays basically coast through the last month of the season to a playoff berth they’d basically locked up in August was pretty boring, even for a hardcore baseball fan like me. I can only imagine what it was like for casual fans. So something that increases the value of winning your division seems like a pretty good idea to me at this point.

The problem I have with the proposal is making the two wild card teams play a best of 3 series before the divisional round. Frankly, that doesn’t punish the wild card team enough for my tastes, and in fact might even help the winner of the series. Given the likely layout of the schedule, the winner would still be able to use their best 3 starters primarily in the LDS, and would be fresh and in rhythm while their next opponent will have sat around waiting a whole week to play.… Click here to read the rest

2011 CAIRO projections: Yankee pitching

SG has released the first round of 2011 Yankee pitcher projections. Please click here for my analysis of CAIRO’s 2011 hitting projections.

The below pitching projection table shows what I expect would be the starting rotation (in the event that Cliff Lee doesn’t sign), the four known members of the bullpen, and everyone else (sorted by FIP).

The “everyone else” batch is primarily made up of the guys in the Yankees’ minor league system who appear to be closest to reaching The Show, but obviously most of them have never thrown a pitch in the Majors (and most are still unlikely to do so in 2011), and so like any other projection system should be taken with several grains of salt.

A couple of notes: As SG notes in the comments of the aforelinked post, Phil Hughes‘ projection is “still a hybrid of his starter and reliever performance. From 2007-2010 he started 61% of his games, and with the extra weight on 2010 his projection is probably around 80% starter/20% reliever.” Same goes with Joba Chamberlain, although more or less in reverse.… Click here to read the rest

Hamilton wins 2010 AL MVP; Cano third

First Place Voting:

Hamilton: Tim Kurkjian (BAL-WAS), ESPN.com; Paul White (BAL-WAS), USA Today; Steve Buckley (BOS), Boston Herald; Gordon Edes (BOS), ESPN.com; Mark Feinsand (NY), New York Daily News; Pete Caldera (NY), Bergen Record; Marc Topkin (TB), St. Petersburg Times; Roger Mooney (TB), Tampa Tribune; John Lott (TOR), National Post; Joe Cowley (CHI), Chicago Sun Times; Paul Hoynes (CLE), Cleveland Plain Dealer; Jeff Passan (KC), Yahoo.com; La Velle Neal III (MSP), Minneapolis Star Tribune; Kelsie Smith (MSP), St. Paul Pioneer Press; Bill Plunkett (LAA), Orange County Register; Mark Saxon (LAA), At Large; Joseph Stiglich (SFO), Contra Costa Times; Susan Slusser (SFO), San Francisco Chronicle; Larry LaRue (SEA), Tacoma News Tribune; Keizo Konishi (SEA), Kyodo News; Jeff Wilson (DFW), Fort Worth Star Telegram; Evan Grant (DFW), Dallas Morning News.

Cabrera: Scot Gregor (CHI), Daily Herald; Jim Ingraham (CLE), News Herald; Tom Gage (DET), Detroit News; Steve Kornacki (DET), Booth Newspapers; Bob Dutton (KC), Kansas City Star.

Bautista: Shi Davidi (TOR), Canadian Press.… Click here to read the rest

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 as a charity case (e.g., Joel Sherman’s “I am Derek Jeter, pay me” scoff in today’s New York Post). One hopes this sentiment is merely an example of the human condition’s disposition toward kicking a man when he is down, and not evidence of the Yankees’ brass negotiating through the media. In any event, the contract talks with Jeter have proceeded slowly, which really shouldn’t be a surprise considering that it’s in the best interest of both parties to make a deal (i.e., there isn’t a third-party threat for either side that might push the negotiations along).

Instead of beating the same drum by looking at Jeter’s negotiations in the present day, perhaps it might be more constructive to take a look back at how the two sides have dealt with each other when talking contract in the past?… Click here to read the rest