Here’s a wild thought to pass some of the time today. But, before you can have the thought, it requires some forgetting.
First, forget everything that Derek Jeter has ever done in his Yankees career. Forget the great plays, clutch moments, all his team records and those World Series rings. Also, forget that he’s closing in on 3,000 career hits. Forget that he’s the Captain of the team. Heck, forget that his name is “Derek Jeter.” Instead, think of him as being named “Simon Bosco.”
And, when you think of Simon Bosco, think of him as being a 36-year old shortstop with questionable range who is currently having the worst offensive season in his career – across the board in terms of batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Oh, and he’s in the last year of his contract.
Further, when you think of Simon Bosco, and all the aforementioned stuff, consider that you have a 23-year old shortstop named Eduardo Nunez playing in Triple-A behind him. And, note that Nunez is batting over .300 this season after posting a batting average of .322 in Double-A, playing half his games in a pitcher’s park, last year.
Now, you’re the G.M. of Simon Bosco’s team. What are you going to do in terms of dealing with Simon Bosco’s free agency at season end, all things considered?
It’s an interesting wild thought, isn’t it? If “Derek Jeter” weren’t “Derek Jeter” and had the resume that he does have, and if we were talking about a 36-year old declining shortstop named “Simon Bosco” being pushed by a prospect in the minors, I think most teams would go with the younger kid next year, no? How about you?