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Could the Giants actually be a player for Derek Jeter?

Nov 6, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

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Well, no. Not realistically, anyway. Pretty much everybody agrees that Derek Jeter will be back in the Bronx next season, so don’t take this too seriously.

While acknowledging the likelihood that Jeter re-signs with the Bombers, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculates that Giants general manager Brian Sabean will at least keep an eye on the negotiations.

However, in the odd chance that Jeter does sign elsewhere, remember. The head of Yankees scouting who drafted Jeter in 1992 was none other than Sabean. There is a tie there. And we have to believe that San Francisco will be a more attractive destination for all free agents now that they’ve won the World Series, if for no other reason their pitching gives them a good shot to repeat.
Obviously, no GM in their right mind would hold out for Jeter, so Sabean will likely focus on retaining either Juan Uribe or Edgar Renteria or sign someone from a group of free agents including Bill Hall, Orlando Cabrera, Miguel Tejada, Jerry Hairston Jr. or a possible non-tender such as J.J. Hardy. Interesting, nonetheless.
  1. uyf1950 - Nov 6, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Get real. There is less than no chance of Jeter going to any other team much less the Giants. He may not get everything he wants from the Yankees in money or length of contract, but it will still be 2 times as much as any other team will pay him or to be honest then he’s worth in real terms. From purely a performance standpoint Jeter is probably worth no more then $7 or $8M per for 2 years. Only for his own legacy and the Yankees is he worth any more then that, and that’s coming from a Yankees fan.

    • phillysoulfan - Nov 7, 2010 at 10:06 AM

      uyf1950 what does this mean to you “Well, no. Not realistically, anyway. Pretty much everybody agrees that Derek Jeter will be back in the Bronx next season, so don’t take this too seriously.”? Very first words of the piece.

  2. elric718 - Nov 6, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Detroit is the only other team crazy enough and with enough $$$ to bid on El Capitan.

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    LOL! Go for it!

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2010 at 4:10 PM

      I would find it very funny if Jeter left the Yankees. If the Yankees do not sign him, we could start touting “The curse of Jeter”.

  4. aious - Nov 6, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    I dont think it is that crazy at all

    The Yanks may offer Jeter a LOT but maybe he feels like he can get more somewhere

    I don’t believe the Yanks will really go ALL OUT for Jeter

  5. ditto65 - Nov 6, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    “Interesting, nonetheless.”

    No, not really.

  6. pisano - Nov 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    I only hope this is for real and not hype . The Yankees need to get rid of all this old blood . Jeter , Posada , and as crazy as it sounds Rivera , if they could get Soriano the free agent closer of the Rays they should grab him and let Mo walk or retire . Jeter has lost alot in fielding and hitting , anyone that strikes out 106 times shouldn’t be a leadoff hitter . Posada in his prime wasn’t all that great behind the plate he was a good hitter, but that being said the Yankees should have never given him a four year contract at 36 years old . That should remind the Yankees not to make the same mistake with Jeter .

    • phillysoulfan - Nov 7, 2010 at 10:09 AM

      I get what you are saying about Jeter and Posada, especially. But RIVERA?!?!?!?! He’s the greatest closer ever in the game and what he has lost is what everyone else has never had (closers that is).

      • pisano - Nov 7, 2010 at 2:45 PM

        I knew the Rivera thing wouldn’t go over well , but think about it this way , Soriano of the Rays ,if you could get him is lights out, and between the two , both ages considered I would go with Soriano . Mo is the best that’s ever lived , but 41 years old is getting up there and Soriano hasn’t really hit his full stride . This would something to give hard thought to , and really at 41 how much is left in the tank .

      • phillysoulfan - Nov 7, 2010 at 7:33 PM

        pisano, there’s no such thing as a lights out closer, unless your name is Mariano Rivera. Look at the Phillies with Brad Lidge, in ’08 Lidge was PERFECT. In ’09 and ’10, not nearly as good. You never know with relief pitchers so when you get one like Mo you keep him until it’s no longer viable to keep him.

  7. Ari Collins - Nov 6, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    This is a sportswriter finding the only connection he can, and it’s quite a tenuous one, between the team he covers and a guy who won’t even talk to the team he covers. Nothing to see here. Move along.

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