• Wild Thought: Could Bosox Stir Yankees/Jeter Pot?

    Posted by on November 3rd, 2010 · Comments (22)

    Earlier this year, there was some chatter that no other team (other than the Yankees) would try to sign Derek Jeter as a free agent because other teams felt there was no chance that he would go anywhere else.

    But, here’s a wild thought: What if the Yankees do low-ball and/or insult Jeter with an offer and then the talks between the two parties start drag out and become unproductive. At some point, if you’re the Boston Red Sox, just to make things interesting, do you reach out to Jeter and say “We’d like to give you a one-year deal for $25 million. And, you can play shortstop for us in 2011. We’ll move Marco Scutaro into a utility role.”

    Would Jeter take it? Or, at the least, would the thought of Derek Jeter getting his 3,000th career hit as a member of the Boston Red Sox freak the Yankees out and force them to up their offer? And, if Derek went to Boston, what would Red Sox Nation then do with all those T-Shirts that mention how happy Jeter is?

    Comments on Wild Thought: Could Bosox Stir Yankees/Jeter Pot?

    1. clintfsu813
      November 3rd, 2010 | 12:48 pm

      I dont see the Yanks taking that kind of offer from Boston seriously. There’s NO way, Boston would pay that kind of money for ANY SS, even Jeter. They’re “Small Market” remember? BTW..which Jeter shirts are you referring to?

    2. November 3rd, 2010 | 1:04 pm

      @ clintfsu813:

      See:

      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/steve_rushin/news/2003/05/27/rushin0526/

      on the shirts.

      You don’t think it’s worth it, to the Sox, to overpay Jeter by $8 million for one year just to stick it in the hearts of the Yankees?

    3. G.I. Joey
      November 3rd, 2010 | 1:12 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ clintfsu813:See:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/steve_rushin/news/2003/05/27/rushin0526/on the shirts.You don’t think it’s worth it, to the Sox, to overpay Jeter by $8 million for one year just to stick it in the hearts of the Yankees?

      Not if they are serious about making a run at Werth.

    4. MJ Recanati
      November 3rd, 2010 | 2:39 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      You don’t think it’s worth it, to the Sox, to overpay Jeter by $8 million for one year just to stick it in the hearts of the Yankees?

      No, I don’t. The Red Sox are a well-managed team. They may bid up players but they won’t make a contract offer they don’t intend to honor if push came to shove. Jeter would be a fool to pass up $25M if he could get it and Boston has no interest in paying Jeter that much, even for one year.

      Moreover, what does Boston get out of it anyway? Apart from “sticking it” to the Yankees, they’d end up paying 15% of their payroll to a defensively-challenged shortstop that didn’t hit the ball hard for four solid months last year. How would that make Boston better coming on the heels of a disappointing third place finish?

    5. clintfsu813
      November 3rd, 2010 | 3:15 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Yea, that was kinda my point. Spending $25 mill on Jeter would not do Boston any favors towards getting back to the Postseason in ’11.

    6. K-V-C
      November 3rd, 2010 | 4:34 pm

      Please,Please Boston over pay Jeter and take him away!

    7. MJ Recanati
      November 3rd, 2010 | 6:01 pm

      K-V-C wrote:

      Please,Please Boston over pay Jeter and take him away!

      I’d be down for that.

    8. November 3rd, 2010 | 8:42 pm

      Honestly, I don’t think Jeter is worth 10 million to any other team but the Yankees, let alone $25 mllion. Whatever deal the Yankees make, we know in pure baseball terms it will be a bad one. Jeter’s Yankee value is about $25 million for 2 years (and that value includes all the bells and whistles).

    9. November 3rd, 2010 | 10:01 pm

      I hope ya’ll turn on A-Rod this way when he’s in the last 4 years of his contract. ;-)

    10. November 3rd, 2010 | 10:05 pm

      Or sooner!

    11. Raf
      November 3rd, 2010 | 11:59 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      You don’t think it’s worth it, to the Sox, to overpay Jeter by $8 million for one year just to stick it in the hearts of the Yankees?

      No, not with Jed Lowrie there.

    12. JeremyM
      November 4th, 2010 | 12:13 am

      The Yanks made their bed by giving A-Rod the world on his last deal. That said, I’m not going to turn on the guy because the Yankees were stupid.

      I don’t envy the Yanks being in the position they are with this contract negotiation.

    13. MJ Recanati
      November 4th, 2010 | 8:23 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I hope ya’ll turn on A-Rod this way when he’s in the last 4 years of his contract

      When he’s in the last four years of his contract, A-Rod won’t be trying to get a contract extension. Timing is everything and Jeter’s timing is putrid relative to what he wants to get paid.

    14. November 4th, 2010 | 8:31 am

      Doesn’t matter if he’s not looking for an extension. When A-Rod’s only good for 120 games a season, and a .265 BA with 25 HRs, and he’s making $25 million a year, I want to see if he gets the same lack of respect that many have for Jeter now.

    15. MJ Recanati
      November 4th, 2010 | 8:57 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Doesn’t matter if he’s not looking for an extension. When A-Rod’s only good for 120 games a season, and a .265 BA with 25 HRs, and he’s making $25 million a year, I want to see if he gets the same lack of respect that many have for Jeter now.

      I don’t think it’s the same situation. But I guess to your point, I’m ready for the Jorge Posada era to be over so, yes, perhaps I will be ready for A-Rod to be gone when he stinks too.

    16. Raf
      November 4th, 2010 | 9:44 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I hope ya’ll turn on A-Rod this way when he’s in the last 4 years of his contract.

      Given history, there should be no worries about people turning on Rodriguez :D

    17. Raf
      November 4th, 2010 | 9:47 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I want to see if he gets the same lack of respect that many have for Jeter now.

      Of course he will. Pretty much par for the course since he was traded here.

    18. clintfsu813
      November 4th, 2010 | 11:46 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Doesn’t matter if he’s not looking for an extension. When A-Rod’s only good for 120 games a season, and a .265 BA with 25 HRs, and he’s making $25 million a year, I want to see if he gets the same lack of respect that many have for Jeter now.

      Theres a chance that he’ll be in the mid 700′s in HR’s at that time and creeping toward a certain HR record. Anyone else think that that just MAY distract the fans to his stats?

    19. K-V-C
      November 4th, 2010 | 5:53 pm

      I already dislike and don’t respect A-Rod and the stupid contract the Steinbrenner’s gave him. I don’t see Cashman repeating that mistake with Jeter.

      It’s not lack of respect for Jeter. He was a great player, and is a great person and Yankee.

      It is the thought that the Yankees OWE him for the past. They don’t! Jeter didn’t play for free for the last 10 years, he got paid. Jeter also only delivered ONE championship during that 10 year contract. So he was already rewarded for the earlier championships. He may be the face of the team, but Mo, is and always will be the M.V.P. of this era.

    20. November 4th, 2010 | 8:27 pm

      I have to laugh at the talk that the fans might show a lack of respect for A-Rod. As if the core of haters ever respected him in the first place!

      As for Jeter, how many times do they have to pay for the four dynasty rings? And how many years?

      I’m also getting tired of hearing about how the Yanks should just pay him whatever he wants. Considering he’s supposed to be Mr. Team, shouldn’t he do what’s best for the Yankees?

    21. MJ Recanati
      November 5th, 2010 | 10:12 am

      lisaswan wrote:

      Considering he’s supposed to be Mr. Team, shouldn’t he do what’s best for the Yankees?

      The myth that Jeter is somehow above everyone else should be fairly-well exposed this winter. I don’t begrudge Jeter one bit for wanting to get his but it should at least be noted somewhere that Jeter is no better or worse than the rest of his MLB peers or the fans themselves. Everyone in this world — except for Mother Theresa and a handful of others, perhaps — is in it for themselves.

      Doesn’t make Jeter a bad person. Just sets the record straight a wee bit…

    22. November 5th, 2010 | 11:50 am

      @ MJ Recanati: I agree. And wait until the Ian O’Connor book comes out. Not that it’s going to be a rip job on Jeter, but the publishers’ description of it sounds like it’s going to be a bit of a rip job on his own team, talking about Jeter’s “declining favor of the clubhouse he has always called home.”

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