Tag:Derek Jeter
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:32 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 9:32 am

Report: Yankees did not up Jeter offer

As the never-ending battle of Derek Jeter rumors continues, George King of the New York Post refutes a report Sunday that the Yankees had added $5 million to their offer for the free-agent shortstop, indicating the team is holding tight to its initial figures of three years at $45 million.

King doesn't specify the source of the "extra $5 million" story, but presumably he's referring to a report by Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. If that's the case, in fairness to Heyman, King is mischaracterizing, or at least oversimplifying, what Heyman wrote. He wrote that the Yankees "appear willing to enhance" the offer, not that they already have, and the $50 million number is just speculation.

The Yankees' other top priority is landing pitcher Cliff Lee, and King quotes an industry source saying Lee is looking for $23 million a year for six seasons. That would equal the average annual value of the biggest contract ever given a pitcher, though it would be a year shorter than CC Sabathia's deal.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 2:47 pm

Yankees increase offer to Jeter

Derek Jeter It wouldn't be a day here on Facts & Rumors without a Derek Jeter update, would it?

Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports the Yankees are expected to increase their offer to Jeter, to "in the $50 million range for three years."

If that's true, it appears the Yankees are softening a bit on their hard-line stance of telling him to find a better contract than the three-years, $45 million they've already offered. However, even with the increased offer, the Yankees will not budge from cutting Jeter's $21 million salary from 2010.

Jeter, 36, hit .270/.340/.370 with 10 home runs in 2010, numbers down across the board from 2009, and perhaps signs of a player in decline (which, you know, happens in the late 30s.)

Jeter's camp seems to be stuck on his value to the team away from the field, but the Yankees have survived the end of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, so somehow I think the franchise could survive without Jeter.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:40 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 8:41 pm

Report Yankees made Jeter even lower offer

Derek Jeter
The whole idea of a negotiation is that two sides start apart and work toward the middle, but it's starting to look like the Yankees and Derek Jeter started really far apart.

The reported offer the Yankees made to Jeter last week, three years at $45 million, was not the first, according to Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork.com. That was a second, upgraded offer after Jeter rejected a three-year deal for less. I don't know at what point you could say the Yankees tried to lowball him -- $15 million a year is considerably more than Jeter would command in the marketplace judged on strictly baseball terms -- but if they came out at three years for say (and this is pure speculation) $35 million, you can see why Jeter and agent Casey Close would have been taken aback. Especially if, as reported, Jeter was thinking more like six years at $150 million.

Of course, it conveniently leaked late Friday that Jeter never asked for 6/$150, and wants a much more reasonable four or five years at $23-24 million a year. So it appears that maybe the Yankees have come up, and Jeter has come down. Progress!

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 9:04 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 9:06 pm

Another Jeter salary demand leaked

Derek Jeter In today's least surprising development, we're now hearing new Derek Jeter salary demands.

First, here's the news -- the New York Times cites "a person in baseball who had been briefed on the matter" as saying Jeter and agent Casey Close are asking the Yankees for a new contract worth either four or five years at $23 to $24 million a year.

In addition to the regular news value -- that the team is about looking for fewer years at $8 million or $9 million left -- there's the public relations battle.

Before the end of the season, there was a general feeling that this deal would be done quickly and rather privately. Instead, it's turned into a battle. It was a battle Jeter, the team's most iconic player since Mickey Mantle, was sure to win. And he was even winning it early.

However, it came out earlier this week that the Yankees were offering three years and $45 million, which sounded fair for a 36-year old shortstop who is coming off not only a 10-year contract, but also his worst statistical season ever.

And then came the bombshell today , that Jeter wanted six years and $150 million. That report came from Bill Madden of the New York Daily News . Later in the day, when it became apparent Jeter was losing in the court of public opinion, Close came out and called the report "simply inaccurate," before declining to elaborate. Close must publicly take the high road, because late last season Major League Baseball and the players association came to an agreement to stop discussing contract negotiations in the media, even though nobody expected that to happen, they have to play it lip service.

Is it any surprise that a couple of hours after Close declined further comment, the paper of record in New York has an anonymous report with lower numbers? It really isn't. What's even funnier, is that it appears this leak took the numbers Madden had and just said, oh, take off a year or two and a million or two -- because, really, that means he's asking for less, right? And that's more palatable to the common man.

Oh well, on a day dominated by college football, at least there's been a little baseball action.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 4:36 pm

Twins will use Nishioka at 2B

The Twins will use Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second base, a source tells FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi .

Nishioka played both shortstop and second base in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines, and most scouts predicted him as a second baseman here.

Orlando Hudson, last year's second baseman, is a Type B free agent and not expected to return to Minnesota.

J.J. Hardy was this year's shortstop, but the Twins would certainly like to upgrade at that position, although there's hardly an obvious free agent candidate (besides Derek Jeter, of course). The trade market for shortstop is definitely a seller's market, so the team may choose not to upgrade that spot or hope Nishioka surprises them when he gets to spring training.

The Twins won the bidding to negotiate with Nishioka and their 30-day window to negotiate with him began today.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 9:53 am
Edited on: November 26, 2010 4:34 pm

Report: Jeter wants six years, $150M

Derek Jeter
Late last season, Major League Baseball and the players association reached an agreement to stop discussing contract negotiations through the media. And just weeks ago, the Yankees and Casey Close, the agent for free-agent shortstop Derek Jeter, agreed not to disclose their negotiating positions.

And yet here we are, not surprisingly, with everybody's laundry hanging out on the public clothesline. The Yankees, we learned earlier in the week, have offered Jeter three years at $45 million. And now, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports that it's thought Jeter's starting point is six years at $150 million -- and that he's unwilling to budge from the annual value of $25 million.

The Yankees have taken a hard line, saying this is a baseball contract, not a golden parachute, and Jeter is a 36-year-old infielder coming off his worst season. Add the $45 million, which is significantly over market in a strict baseball sense, to the $200 million the Yankees have already paid Jeter, and he'll have earned more money than anyone in baseball history not named Alex Rodriguez.

Close, however, is seeking a lifetime achievement award that recognizes Jeter's iconic status and the hidden value of having Captain Clutch in pinstripes. In what I'm sure just is a coincidence, the average annual value of the seven remaining years of Alex Rodriguez's contract is $24.9 million, but as Madden points out, the circumstances of A-Rod's contract were much different than Jeter's situation. Rodriguez was coming off a monster year as the Yankees' cleanup hitter, was 32 and appeared certain to be on his way to becoming the all-time home run leader (and word of his steroid use had not yet come out).

There's simply no way the Yankees, even with their financial means, can pay Jeter $25 million a year -- especially considering that since they pay a 40-percent luxury tax, it would cost them considerably more than that. And there's little chance someone else is going to pay Jeter more than the $15 million a year the Yankees are offering. So Jeter is going to have to find a way to soften his stance while not looking like he caved.

UPDATE: Close responded to several media requests for comment with a statement that the report of Jeter's position is "simply inaccurate," and declined to elaborate. If Jeter's demands are substantially less than the 6/$150M report, don't be surpised to see a specific number leak later today -- Close's client is getting roasted in the court of public opinion.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 10:27 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 12:26 pm

New York Post shows Jeter in BoSox uniform

The New York Post certainly knows how to grab people's attention.

The paper released an issue Wednesday morning dealing with GM Brian Cashman's admonition that Derek Jeter should test the free-agent market if he thinks he can do better than three years and $45 million.

A picture of Jeter was understandably included on the back page along with the headline "PICTURE THIS!" and the sub-headline of "Yanks tell Jeter: 'Shop' if $45 mil isn't enough."

So what was the New York Post telling fans to picture?

Check it out, courtesy of @darrenrovell :


-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 7:57 pm

Cashman: Yankees' offer to Jeter is fair

Derek Jeter The Yankees are certainly doing their part in the chicken game with free agent shortstop Derek Jeter.

The team has reportedly offered Jeter a three-year deal worth $45 million. On Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews that he feels the offer is "fair and appropriate."

"We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account," Cashman told Matthews. "We've encouraged him to test the market and see if there's something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That's the way it works."

Brian Cashman It's not surprising Cashman thinks this -- but to actually say it is quite interesting.

There are certainly teams looking for shortstops, and even with declining production, Jeter would be the best available shortstop, although not many teams looking for a shortstop could add a $15 million shortstop.

The Giants, Cardinals, Reds, Orioles and Padres are among the teams looking for a shortstop. The Giants and Orioles, who just made a big bid for Victor Martinez, are likely the only teams in that group that could afford Jeter.

Instead, teams could fill with the likes of Juan Uribe or Orlando Cabrera.

The bottom line is Jeter is worth more to the Yankees than he is any other team, and it appease the team has decided $15 million is as much as he's worth.

According to Cashman, Jeter and agent Casey Close have asked for more than three years and more money. Jeter made $21 million last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : SI.com's Jon Heyman reports the Yankees aren't done upping their offer to Jeter. "If they haven't bumped it up already, they do intend to," he writes.

So why all the contentious negotiations?

The Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in the game, but their hard line against Jeter and Mariano Rivera is baffling when they're willing to do whatever it takes to keep Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada and get A.J. Burnett.

Actually, that's probably the lesson right there.

UPDATE : Now Heyman is backtracking , and the Yankees' offer may not rise.

Meanwhile, Cashman is putting the onus on Jeter in the negotation process.

"He should be nothing but a New York Yankee," he tells the New Jersey Star-Ledger . "He chooses not to be."

-- Evan Brunell

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