Tag:Derek Jeter
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:09 am
Edited on: November 23, 2010 6:19 pm

Yanks won't offer Jeter arbitration

Derek Jeter The Yankees will not offer Derek Jeter arbitration, general manager Brian Cashman tells the Star Ledger 's Marc Carig in an e-mail (via Twitter ).

Jeter is a Type A free agent, so the Yankees could have offered Jeter arbitration and received two picks if he left -- not that it was likely, anyway. The deadline to offer free agents arbitration is at midnight tonight.

If the Yankees had offered arbitration, Jeter could have accepted it, played on a one-year deal and see if he could improve upon his numbers and then go through this entire circus next offseason, too.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : It looks like Kerry Wood will be offered arbitration, according to ESPN New York .

"We'll do them a favor," Cashman said. "If we put them into an arbitration setting, then we can take them out and make a fair market value offer to them."

The club will also offer arbitration to Javier Vazquez, a Type B free agent who has already agreed to reject the deal.

The remainder of the arbitration-eligible players in Andy Pettitte and Austin Kearns will not be offered arbitration.

UPDATE : Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports only Vazquez will be offered arbitration. The plot thickens...

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 5:28 pm

Paparazzi catches Jeter walking through a garage

How much is too much?

Hollywood.TV caught Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and girlfriend Minka Kelly walking back to their car after taking in a movie. The paparazzi then videoed Jeter and Kelly walking down the parking garage and getting in a car.

For Jeter to get into the passenger seat, he had to get past the paparazzi and his camera, so you get a nice closeup of Jeter, stone-faced. You can tell that the two aren't exactly pleased to be videoed, but there's nothing they can do.

This is going a bit too far with the paparazzi. For someone who doesn't follow the gossip columns, this invasion of privacy is rather striking. Yes, Jeter and Kelly are beloved by millions -- and have millions in dollars -- but what's the benefit from watching Jeter and Kelly walk to a car?

Paparazzi hounding isn't anything new to Jeter -- someone with an Astros hat quizzed Jeter in a hotel lobby if how he could get Jeter on the Dodgers. A quizzical Jeter pointed out that the questioner was wearing an Astros hat.

Stop the presses! That led TMZ to publish an article that Jeter was interested in signing with the Astros.


Below is the video of Jeter and Kelly walking through a parking garage, if that's your sort of thing.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 21, 2010 8:27 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 8:31 pm

Jeter's agent baffled by negotiation process

Jeter Derek Jeter's agent can't understand why the Yankees are playing hardball publicly in contract negotiations for the shortstop.

"There's a reason the Yankees themselves have stated Derek Jeter is their modern-day Babe Ruth," agent Casey Close told the New York Daily News . "Derek's significance to the team is much more than just stats. And yet, the Yankees' negotiating strategy remains baffling. "

The Yankees have publicly said they will pay Jeter as a baseball player, and not for any intangibles off the field.

And yet, Jeter is perhaps the one player in all of baseball in which his intangibles may matter. His attitude, his way of going about business, what he means in Yankee lore... all of that is tipped in Jeter's favor.

And yet, the Yankees are adamant about not falling in the same trap they did with Alex Rodriguez, who is now a burden on their payroll and will be for years to come. New York understands they need to pay over and above market value for Jeter -- and have done just that in their rumored three-year, $45 million offer -- but won't go crazy.

"They continue to argue their points in the press and refuse to acknowledge Derek's total contribution to their franchise," Close added.

Meanwhile, Jeter is plugging away on his training program with Jason Riley, the person responsible for drastically improving Jeter's defense and allowing the Captain to have a strong offensive season in 2009. While Riley and Jeter's efforts last offseason went for naught, Riley is confident in Jeter's abilities as ESPN New York reveals.

"The desire to be the greatest can never be turned down by Father Time," Riley said, while revealing that Jeter told Riley after the 2007 season that he wanted to play eight to 10 more years. That would put Jeter playing through 2017 and age 43, a daunting task for anyone, never mind one of the greatest shortstops to play the game.

Can Jeter do it? Riley thinks so.

"I don't think anything can hold Derek back other than himself," he said. "If he decides to hang it up before [he turns 43], then that will be his decision. If Derek decides at 41 he's already given his best years, then that's where it will end. But if he decides to go until he's 43, he'll do everything in his power to play the game at a high level and help the team through that time. I think there's so much determination inside of Derek that he can do it."

If Jeter wants to play until 43, that's one thing. It's another thing entirely for Jeter to expect to stay at shortstop through then, and the longtime Yankee has no illusions when it comes to that. He expects to eventually move positions and is willing to do so for the good of the team, as Riley says.

But first, 2010. Can he bounce back from a year in which he was no better than Marco Scutaro, but earned $16 million more than Boston's shortstop?

"You can't put an age on the heart of an athlete, and Derek's got one of the purest hearts in sports," Riley said -- matching up with the words of one Reggie Jackson, who spoke to CBS Sports last week . "He's not going to allow himself to have another down year, if he even considers 2010 a down year. His internal drive separates him from others. I've worked with very few people who go after the game like he does."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 2:37 pm

Report: Yankees set to make Jeter offer

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports via Twitter that the Yankees are about to offer shortstop Derek Jeter a three-year, $45 million deal.

Both of those numbers -- the years and the dollars -- are short of what Jeter is said to be seeking, so this figures to be just the jumping off point for negotiations that could drag on for a while.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 19, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: November 19, 2010 11:29 am

Friday morning rumor roundup

The owners have taken over for the GMs in Orlando, but the hot stove has been kicked up a notch this week. Here are some current storylines.

* The Diamondbacks are increasingly inclined to move Justin Upton, with the Blue Jays, Mariners and Marlins having expressed "a high level of interest." (USA Today )

* The Giants want Aubrey Huff back, and he wants to come back, but talks haven't gotten serious. (CSNBayArea.com )

* Hal Steinbrenner says the Yankees and Derek Jeter are working with "mutual respect," but it's a "business negotiation." (Star-Ledger )

* Drayton McLane has ramped up his efforts to sell the team by retaining an investment firm. Asking price: $800 million. (bizofbaseball.com )

* Bad news for Phillies fans who want to keep Jayson Werth around: GM Ruben Amaro is already referring to the outfielder in the past tense. (Philadelphia Inquirer video)

* The Tigers' three-year deal with Joaquin Benoit is officially official. (Tigers.com )

* The incentive clauses built into Felix Hernandez's contract make his Cy Young worth an extra $4.25 million (bizofbaseball.com )

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 3:30 pm

Orioles looking at Bartlett, Hardy

The Baltimore Sun notes that the Orioles haven't ruled out Cesar Izturis returning at shortstop (though they should rule it out -- the guy had a .545 OPS, lowest among qualified AL players by 54 points ) but are talking trade with the Rays and Twins.

The Rays have Reid Brignac set to step in for Jason Bartlett, and are desperate for relievers. The Orioles reportedly offered David Hernandez. Bartlett would be a pricey option for the Orioles, considering he's arbitration-eligible, made $4 million last season and becomes a free agent after 2011.

The Twins' J.J. Hardy also is an impending free agent, but the Orioles have reportedly talked swap with Minnesota.

One column in the Sun calls for the Orioles to sign Derek Jeter. For a lot of reasons, that's not going to happen.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 10:03 am

Thursday morning rumor roundup

The owners meetings and GM meetings overlap today in Orlando, so we might see some deals happen. Here's a sampling of the chatter as the day gets under way:

* Carl Crawford would be the Yankees' Plan B if they don't sign Cliff Lee, and CC Sabathia would again be their recruiter. (Newsday)

* The Rockies want a versatile right-handed bat, with Ty Wigginton and Jorge Cantu possibilities. (SI.com)

* Joel Sherman of the New York Post offers an endorsement, albeit tepid, for Bob Melvin as Mets manager. (New York Post)

* The Red Sox are making a push for Justin Upton, with the Diamondbacks likely to request Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard as the heart of the return package. (SI.com)

* AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz has heard the rumors about being moved to the rotation if the Rangers lose Lee, but hasn't been told anything by the team. (Hoy -- link in Spanish)

* The Yankees want Derek Jeter to sign for three years at $63 million, but Jeter is looking for as many as five or six years. (ESPNNewYork.com)

* The Marlins have been busy, but they're not done, with Larry Beinfest saying he'd like to add a starting pitcher. (Palm Beach Post)

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2010 6:50 pm

Reggie Jackson: Jeter will stay, rebound in 2011

Hot Stove League "Legends can play as long as they want," Reggie Jackson told CBSSports.com.

Who was he talking about? Derek Jeter, of course.

The Hall of Famer believes Jeter can continue playing at a high level and will, in fact, have a big year in 2011 after producing at a Marco Scutaro level in 2010.

"He has a big heart," Jackson says of Jeter, pointing to that trait as to what it takes to become a legend, trotting out the names of Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as additional players with big hearts. That heart is what will drive Jeter to approximate his career line of .314/.370/.452, not the .270/.340/.370 he threw out in 2010.

That was bad timing on Jeter's part for a contract year, but Jackson doesn't expect that to stand in the way of the two parties coming to an agreement on a contract.

"The money won't be the determining factor," Jackson said, speaking while opening up
a new "The Original Soupman" restaurant ( made famous by the "Soup Nazi" episode of Seinfeld ) in New York City . "He wants to be here. The Yankees want him here."

Jackson is hopeful that the fans will be supportive of Jeter in 2011, especially in his drive for 3,000 hits in which he is just 74 away from the historic milestone.

"He's the best shortstop in Yankees history and it's important to appreciate that," he said.

Jackson knows a thing or two about appreciation, mentioning he thought he didn't have many years left in the game when he was 30, and yet ended up playing until 41.

"I played every day like it was my last," Jackson said. That's what endeared him to Yankee fans (that, and the three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. And that's how Jeter plays.

While Jeter is perhaps the biggest question mark of the three Yankee free agents, there are plenty of other storylines following Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, not to mention New York's pursuit of free agency.

Earlier Wednesday, MLB Facts and Rumors reported that Jorge Posada is okay with Jesus Montero competing for the starting catcher's job, and that Posada will be the full-time DH in 2011. That jives with what Jackson said Tuesday, who said that Posada is happy to do whatever the team wants -- but that he's more than capable of starting behind the dish.

"They say he's not a good defensive catcher, but he was behind the plate for all these World Series," Jackson said. "It's important to keep Posada to help him groom the next catcher."

Jackson As for Rivera, there's also no question that he'll return to New York, but Jackson took an interesting spin by contending that Rivera might become even more appreciated down the road than he currently is. Many consider Rivera the best closer in history, but Jackson wouldn't be surprised if Rivera eventually earns consideration for being the best pitcher in history. Rivera has survived on just one pitch for years -- a cut fastball -- and is still plugging along at age 40.

Putting aside that debate for future generations of baseball, there's no denying who the best pitcher on the market is currently, and that's Cliff Lee. New York is expected to make a massive outlay for Lee, something Jackson supports. But will it be as easy as it sounds, with the Yankees throwing the most dollars at Lee and inking the lefty?

"Watch out for the other teams who could say '[Lee] makes us a champion," Jackson cautioned, refusing to rule out a mystery team with the dollars to allocate to Lee if needed, rattling off teams such as the Red Sox and Angels. Jackson has a ready example for the last time such a team signed a player with most everyone unawares of the team.

"No one knew that the Yankees were going to sign Mark Teixeira," said Jackson, "and it happened."

The Yankees are flying out to Arkansas to meet Lee and get the process started, and New York isn't pulling any punches in their pursuit. If there's a mystery team to be had, they'll have to contend with a very serious and rich team willing to do anything they can to get Lee in pinstripes.

-- Evan Brunell

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