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“Sources” believe Jesus is coming

Now, much has been made about Montero’s defense and the reports are all over the place.  Some state his defense is terrible, other’s say that it’s improving. BaseballAmerica is about to put their 2011 prospect rankings out and Montero’s upside is in line with Mike Piazza. Sign me up, please.  So long as his defense is no worse than Posada’s declining receiving skills, that’s fine by me. I admire and respect Posada as much as Jeter and Mo, but the rigors of the position have clearly taken its toll.

Brien recently took a look at Montero’s value as a trade chip and Mark dug into Zack Greinke a bit too.  Heck, Brien was asking for Montero earlier this season! We know the issues surrounding Greinke (noted anxiety problem, inclusion of Yanks and RedSox on his No Trade list), so that’s probably out.  So aside from a guy like King Felix (ain’t gonna happen despite all of my bedside prayers), the Yanks don’t think there’s a guy out there to trade Montero for, right now:

Many industry experts believe that the Yankees have tried to inflate Montero’s value in order to use him in a trade for a starting pitcher if they’re unable to sign Lee, but as the source noted, “There really aren’t any pitchers of that caliber out there to trade for.”

There very well might be a group of pitchers worth trading for, but it takes two to tango… Unless you’re going to tell me that upper-echelon guys Adam Wainwright, Justin Verlander, Dan Haren, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum are available, I’m OK with seeing what this kid can do.  …

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We get it: Jeter & Yanks, worth a lot to each other

“He has tremendous value, but it is very hard to quantify,” [Marc Ganis, president of Sports Corp Limited] said. “It is almost impossible to do. He is worth more to the Yankees than any other team. The Yankees are worth more to him in endorsements than any other team.”

But it isn’t an A+B=C kind of thing for either side. Jeter, according to Ganis, has millions of dollars worth of endorsements from Gatorade, Jordan Brand, Gillette and Ford. If Jeter stays with the Yankees, Ganis envisions Jeter’s commercial brand lasting the rest of his life.

“He becomes the Arnold Palmer of baseball,” Ganis said comparing Jeter and Palmer’s endorsement prowess. “He provides a direct link to the great Yankees past and its future.”

To recap:

  • Jeter can make more as a lifetime member of the Yanks through endorsements for life.
  • The Yanks can also benefit as a brand by staying associated with Jeter for the rest of his career.

Never has the answer been so obvious, yet there’s no avoiding the fact that we will have to go through some sort of painful birthing process before this is behind us.…

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Parsing the posturing

“I know our fans are very emotional and that’s what we love about them,” Steinbrenner said. “But I’ve got to do my job on behalf of the partnership and our partners and everybody else involved in the organization. [Brother and co-chariman] Hank and I need to keep a level head and realize that we’re running a business here. We have to remain somewhat objective and we’re going to do that.”

So it’s a business now, is it Hal? I do believe he has a more level head than his father and definitely better than his brother Hank, but the “we’re running a business here” stuff only works if you are playing fair with a guy like Jeter or Rivera. If you’re nickel-and-diming those guys and trot out that line, we the fans are going to skewer you and that’s a promise.  You want to use that line with the Johnny Damons of the world, cool. Just treat these two with respect; they’ve earned it.…

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