Derek Jeter should take the deal
the New York Yankees are offering and laugh all the way to the bank instead of
holding out for an unreasonable amount, far exceeding the quality of his
performances this season.
He may be the stellar name at the
Yankees and captain since 2003, but at 36 and in poor form, holding out for at
least $23 million for four or five years when the Yankees are offering a
three-year deal of $45m, is ludicrous. He admits he is not even sure of a place
on the team following a pretty lack lustre 2010 yet still persists in
exceptionally high salary expectations.
Not prepared to be held to ransom,
the Yankees told Jeter to look elsewhere if he thought his requests were
unreasonable. Not surprisingly, he quickly realised that other shortstops are
paid far less.
The San Francisco Giants filled
their shortstop vacancy by signing Miguel Tejada on a one-year, $6.5 million
deal on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Juan Uribe to play multiple
infield positions for three years on $21 million, which further limited Jeter’s
options, if he really had any to begin with.
Jeter’s agent thinks his client’s
inflated demands are about right because he is an iconic figure at the Yankees,
the only team he’s played for. Jeter earned $189m in his first 10-year deal
with them so it’s not as if he’s been underpaid throughout his time in the Big
Apple and needs a good pension final payment.
No team can match the Yankees’
offer to Jeter, who probably has more value to them than to any other team. He
may have won the Gold Glove five times and countless other awards, but on
current form – and in a world recession – he needs to come to terms with his