Via Peter Botte –
While acknowledging that Derek Jeter “absolutely” is a special case and not comparable to his situation, Johnny Damon fired a warning flare Friday anyway.
The departing outfielder hopes Jeter doesn’t encounter similar negotiating difficulties with the Yankees when the franchise’s all-time hits leader becomes a free agent next winter. “Hopefully this doesn’t happen with Derek next year,” Damon said during an interview with WFAN. “I say there’s no way Derek can go anywhere else.
“… I hope he’s not offered a 40-45% pay cut. But I know Derek’s going to go out and produce this year and I know they will treat him with respect.”
Did the Yankees give Jorge Posada and Mo Rivera a rough time the last time their contracts were up? How about Andy Pettitte? Did the Yankees ever give him a hard time on getting a new deal?
If I recall correctly, it was Hank Steinbrenner who made sure that Rivera and Posada received what they got the last time they were free agents – whereas it was Brian Cashman who strung out Pettitte until he signed a deal that the G.M. thought was a good deal from the team.
This all leads to an interesting question, in my mind: Will Deter Jeter, and his agent, be dealing with Brian Cashman when it’s contract talks time? Or, will Camp Jeter just go directly to the Steinbrenner family to work out a deal? If the latter happens, I would not be shocked – and, it just might be the smart there for Jeter’s agent to do…go right over the G.M. and deal with ownership directly. Of course, this will make Cashman look bad. But, again, as Damon notes, Jeter is a special case.