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Attention Derek Jeter: Hank Steinbrenner will not save you

Nov 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

Hank Steinbrenner smoking

One of the talking points in the whole Derek Jeter saga is about how Jeter is supposed to want a big crazy deal because Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal and the reason Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal is because Hank Steinbrenner was running the show back then and he’s nuts.  Now, however, with the more sober Hal Steinbrenner in charge, Jeter can’t expect to be overpaid.

Well guess what: even if Hank was in charge, it wouldn’t change anything:

“As much as we want to keep everybody, we’ve already made these guys very, very rich, and I don’t feel we owe anybody anything monetarily,” the Yankees co-chairman said Tuesday. “Some of these players are wealthier than their bosses.”

It took four years or so, but finally, someone in the Yankees front office got Hank on-message.  If they can accomplish that seemingly impossible task, they can beat Derek Jeter in this negotiation standing on their heads.

  1. Glenn - Nov 23, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Drat. It would finally benefit the rest of baseball if the Yankees would throw money around and they’re going to be fiscally responsible. Jeter has to be wondering “Why me?”

  2. pisano - Nov 23, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    It seems the Yankees are telling Jeter it’s time to move on. If someone tells you to test the waters it seems they’re going in another direction and you’re not in their plans. The fact of the matter is the Yankees know they’re over paying Jeter @ 3yrs.& 45 mil. and no other team will match that offer accept maybe the Mets and that would be to get some NY fans to hate the Yankees and to boost the Mets attendance. I don’t see any other team showing any interest in Jeter, especially at 3 yrs.@ 45 mil. Good luck Derek, does Johnny Damom ring a bell.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 23, 2010 at 9:47 PM

      “If someone tells you to test the waters it seems they’re going in another direction and you’re not in their plans.”

      No really, he was talking about his hot tub. He thinks it looks cloudy. Mainly because it is…

  3. anythingbutyanks - Nov 23, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    “Test the waters” = go and see for yourself that you are NOT worth what you think you are on the open market.

  4. uyf1950 - Nov 23, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    I think Jeter is getting a rude awakening. He’s let that “icon” status and “larger then life” persona he’s cultivated over the years cloud his judgment. Time for him to accept reality and throw in the towel or move on and “really test the waters”.

  5. bobulated - Nov 24, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    With the way he dropped off last year and his age I think the Yankees are being more than generous. He needs to re-evaluate if he thinks he’s going to get a better deal. For so long his offense made up for his “gold glove” D but he is starting to look like a guy in his late 30s. I don’t think Yankees fans are on his side as much as he thinks they are either. They love and cherish past deeds but are realistic enough to know shortstops pushing 40 shouldn’t get long multi-year contracts for huge money. If he wasn’t a first ballot HOFer he would already be looking for another team; instead he’s getting offered the most expensive gold watch in history to play it out and then give the Gehrig speech on the last day of the season 2013.

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