Takeaways from Jeter’s press conference

Open to questions after 5 minutes of nothing of any materiality said, Jeter added during the Q&A:

  • This is the only organization that I ever want to play for…
  • “…Never planned on going anywhere else…
  • “I didn’t want to hear from any other teams…I didn’t want to play for any other teams”
  • What bothered me the most was how public this became...”
  • “…Not an enjoyable experience…”
  • “…Turned into a big public thing. Something I was not happy about…”
  • I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t angry about how some of this went…”
  • I thought I was portrayed incorrectly
  • “…Best organization in all of sports…best fans in all of sports…”
  • Angry at the process. Angry how he was betrayed. Heard “greed”, “ego”, “arrogance”.  (That’s my fault, sorry)
  • I’m in no position to demand anything...”
  • Something to prove? –> “Every year we go out to prove we’re the best team in baseball… I have nothing to prove to other people…”
  • I have a lot of years left in baseball
  • I’ve never shied away from criticism; I’ve taken it as a challenge…

First time I’ve ever seen Jeter admit to being angry at something like this or was this forthright in sharing his angry. … Click here to read the rest

Jeter "Angry" About How Negotiations Went

From Mark Feinsand:

2:45: Jeter on who he was angry with: “I’m not going to point the finger at anyone. As you can see now, we’re one big happy family.”

2:43: “Jeter: “The thing that probably bothered me the most was how public this became. … It was not an enjoyable experience. … I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t angry about how some of this went.”

I understand Derek’s anger at how the negotiations went, and noted on a few occasions that the Yankees would have been better served keeping most of what was said private. That said, much like his request for 5 years and 100+ million dollars or Casey Close’s “baffled” comment, many of the things that were said were simply negotiating ploys intended to put pressure on the Jeter camp. We can argue about whether these tactics worked, but both sides need to look at what happened much like an arbitration case. In arbitration situation, the team often skewers the player so as to argue that he does not deserve the salary he is asking for.… Click here to read the rest

Lee To Get 7 Year Offer, Unlikely To Be From Yanks

There has been a lot of back and forth on Cliff Lee this morning, with rumors swirling that the Nationals were prepared to hand him a very large 7 year deal. That was later dispelled by Jon Heyman and Adam Kilgore, and it is unclear whether the Nats are interested in lee at all. One theme that seems to remain, though, is that there is at least one team prepared to offer Lee that sort of length, and that it is likely not the Yankees:

From Jon Heyman:

Hearing there is a 7-year market for cliff lee (for 20-mil plus a yr).

From Mark Feinsand:

Source says Yankees appear unwilling to go to a seventh year for the 32-year-old.

We have heard that the Rangers are reluctant to go to 6 years, let alone 7, and many have echoed the sentiment from Feinsand that the Yankees will not pass 6 years either. This means that there is a mystery team involved, or that Lee’s agent is putting these report out there to goad the Yankees into offering a 7th season.… Click here to read the rest

Quick Wish List

I’m currently finishing up a whole heap of schoolwork (yay for the second to last week of classes), so this is going to be a very brief wish list. Christmas, after all, is coming soon. This isn’t the big wish list (Cliff Lee, Andy Pettitte), but a smaller wish list. Tell me in the comments what you think.

1. A cheap LOOGY like Randy Choate.

2. A right handed platoon outfielder like Matt Diaz or Scott Hairston. I wonder if either one of them will get a deal that is more than just for a platoon role. I doubt it, but I think Hairston could since he can handle CF.

3. Bobby Jenks. I discussed this via Twitter with Moshe yesterday, and we both agreed that it was a long shot, since he’ll probably get a shot to close or set up somewhere else. Still, he’s definitely worth looking at since basically everything last year was good, except for a somewhat spiked walk rate.… Click here to read the rest

It only takes one *UPDATED*

Remember, the Yanks kinda/sorta want this guy. OK, they covet him.  So does Texas, and any other team who has the resources to throw Lee’s way. It’s not quite pre-ordained that Lee will reunite with former Cleveland teammate CC Sabathia in pinstripes.  Notes Heyman (via Twitter):

#yankees plan to offer cliff lee 6-year deal. not thinking 7 because hes 4 yrs older than cc was as free agent.

Completing the loop of one leading MLB rumor breaker furthering the other, Sherman adds (via Twitter):

Can further @Ken_Rosenthal report, #Yankees have internally said 7 yrs is dealbreaker with Lee, would go to 6, perhaps, to finish off a deal

What’s it going to be? Will the Yanks go to $25m for six years, as absurd as that sounds?  Will some “mystery team” decide that seven years is worth the risk to land a guy like Cliff Lee?  We know, or we think we know, that the Yanks will outbid Texas in AAV and possibly the term of the contract. … Click here to read the rest

The Boss should be in The Hall

It was announced on Monday that the Veteran’s Committee did not elect George Steinbrenner to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Boss received fewer than eight votes on the ballot, well shy of the 12 needed for enshrinement. This vote was a farce. George Steinbrenner should have been elected on the first ballot.

Since Walter O’Malley moved the Dodgers to Los Angeles, no owner has had a greater impact on the game of baseball than George M. Steinbrenner III. Since 1973, when he purchased the Yankees for only $10 million, his teams have won seven World Series championships and 11 Pennants. That alone merits enshrinement.

But Steinbrenner’s contributions go beyond success on the field. His aggressive use of both the media and free agency to keep his franchise relevant, even when it wasn’t competitive, was decades ahead of its time, and set the mold for modern-day owners not only in baseball, but in other sports as well, such as Jerry Jones in the NFL and Mark Cuban in the NBA.… Click here to read the rest

Cashman quotes at the winter meetings

Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News has some quotes from Brian Cashman at the winter meetings, where he was asked a series of questions about his off season plans. Here they are:

On his meeting with Braunecker: “We’ll keep taking advantage of the fact that we’re in the same area. I’m going to try to meet with him as much as I possibly can.”

On the rest of his day: “I had one meeting with Darek today. The rest of it, my whole day has been on a number of different players, either from the clubs perspective trade-wise or free agents on various positions – some you probably wouldn’t think would be on our radar. We covered a lot of ground today to assess expected value and see if it matches up with something we’re trying to do.”

On Boston’s acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez: “It makes them a great team. He’s a heck of a hitter. That’s a huge addition for Boston.… Click here to read the rest